A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance in forgiving yourself, and others, and the strength it takes to do so. Kindness is shown by strangers.
Positive Role Models
Artie shows quite remarkable resilience and a never-say-die attitude, as he journeys on his own from Northern Ireland to France. He also does so while grieving his recently deceased wife, and while suffering from diabetes. He is underestimated because of his age and fragility, but shows the doubters up. He does commit some wrongdoing to get his way, such as bribing people and hiding from border control, but nothing that harms others. Artie has lived with guilt his whole life, but does find closure. He also finds it within himself to make peace with a German man, who at one point was his enemy. Strangers go out of their way to help Artie reach his destination, putting themselves at risk in the process.
The film is about an elderly British White male WWII veteran who is suffering with PTSD and diabetes. A Black man plays an important supporting role, though most of the cast are White with few female characters of note.
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Violence & Scariness
A character is suffering with PTSD as a result of fighting in World War II. Flashback sequences depict violence on the battlefield. This includes soldiers with guns, explosions, and deaths. An image of someone hanging from a tree. Youngsters intimidate and bully an elderly character, who also collapses in a later scene due to their diabetes. An elderly charater is grieving the death of their spouse.
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"Feck" (the Irish version of "f--k.") Other terms include "bloody" and "asses."
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Products & Purchases
A character orders a Jack Daniels at a bar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two elderly characters share a drink at a bar. Someone is also seen drinking wine at home.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Rifleman is a British drama about a World War II veteran coming to terms with his past, and incudes some flashback scenes involving wartime violence. Inspired by real events, Artie Crawford (Pierce Brosnan) escapes from his care home in Northern Ireland to travel to France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Artie is a humble man, who doesn't let his age and physical restrictions slow him down. He shows incredible strength of character, with great perseverance and resilience. During his solo journey, Artie experiences the kindness of strangers who are touched by his story and go out of their way to help on his venture. The film also highlights the importance in forgiving yourself, as Artie has been living with the guilt of his best friend's death during the war. Artie is suffering from PTSD -- in flashbacks scenes, violence on the battlefield is depicted. There is also an upsetting image of a man hanging from a tree. Language includes "bloody," "asses," and the Irish curse word "feck." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This low-key British drama is a moving film, yet seems to take forever to find its true purpose. The Last Rifleman takes the viewer on something of a laborious journey, not too far removed from that which its lead is going on himself. It's not until the final act when this Terry Loane feature truly comes to life. The final few minutes stop you in your tracks, with a profound closing sequence that will linger long in the memory, and one that nearly makes up for what preceded it. Instead of having confidence in its narrative and leaning into Brosnan's WWII veteran and the sentimentality this invokes, the film veers into a by-the-numbers adventure. In contrast, The Great Escaper tells a similar story but captures the imagination better by focusing more on what its characters are about. That said, Brosnan is fine in the role of Artie, though his prosthetics leave a little to be desired.
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