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The Last Man

Last Man, The (2008) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  120m  •    •  Directed by: James Arnett.  •  Starring: Santiago Craig, Teresa Shade, Julio Garcia, Tom Rogers, Courtney Davis, Donavon Baker, Maxine Gillespie, Stan Babola, Allie Bell, Denise Blum, Madison Renee Elsner, Scott Hellon, Kevin Lucero Less.  •  Music by: Robert A. Wolf.
     Black marketers loot an abandoned Soviet bio-weapons lab in Siberia, releasing a weaponized strain of Small Pox which quickly turns into a global pandemic. The remaining 2%, who survive the 98% mortality rate suffer varying degrees of blindness, physical deformation, sterility and madness. Without any food source coming into the cities, what food stocks have not already been looted have been horded. With starvation threatening the plague survivors, they turn to cannibalism, preying upon each other. The unscarred Lionel Verney, by default, becomes the strongest man standing, competing for his existence against entire clans of diseased survivors among the ruins of what once was the 21st century.

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So, the cinematography was not so bad. The makeup, acceptable for the budget, although not impressive. By far the worst element of the film a viewer will notice is the terrible voiceovers through the whole movie. The star actor speaks like he is legally retarded. A big first step toward cleaning up this film would be ditching the voiceovers, or at least re-recording them with someone who is not so annoying to listen to.

Speaking of which, this character is boring and uninspiring to watch. He looks like he just stumbled out of a local bar to strap on some vests and camouflage and try to shoot the neighbor's dog with a pellet gun. Meet him: prior to the contagion, a nerdy office worker with a large paunch, begging to finally play in the big game. By the end of the few months passage in the film, he is a silent ninja, capable of Navy Seal tactics. The infected can use guns, but apparently not against him. His slothlike movements and pudgy body are even less stealthy and graceful than one might expect, I guess it's lucky for him that he is facing a partially blind and disabled enemy.

Of course, this all comes to a head when it is revealed that he is not only infected, but he is the one man who is capable of being infected while still maintaining his human nature. He is asked to breed with several women who may be able to produce viable offspring, healthy like him- what does our hero do? cut their throats one by one in one of the most pathetically uninspiring and unnecessarily long scenes in movie history. You can tell the director budgeted a few hundred for "chicks with their throats cut" effects. There were poor attempts at homages to Omega Man, but they fell flat and seemed more like distractions from the utter unoriginality of this film's plot. I am honestly willing to forgive the CGI scenes, they were not terrible except for the actual flight crash scene- but it doesn't matter, because the scene that comes after the CGI is so bad that you will wish you hadn't watched the film.

Just let this one rest- a script with a hint of promise but a failure in every other way.


Review by hexrei from the Internet Movie Database.