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  • Summary: In one of the most pristine landscapes in the world, a team working to exploit Alaska's oil resources is tormented by an unseen evil. After one crew member is found dead, disorientation slowly claims the sanity of the other members of the team as each of them succumbs to an unknown fear. This creeping dread bursts open when a malevolent wind brings down a plane that approaches the station. Explosions and carnage wreak havoc on the team, and all functions fail in the camp, forcing two of the members out into the cold on a desperate bid for survival. As these two journey to find help, they find themselves utterly alone in a world that is unraveling--either they are being stalked by an invisible herd of menacing phantoms, or they are going mad. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 90
    The Last Winter won’t win many fans among those who place the saving of union jobs above the repairing of the ozone layer. But this is a horror movie with many inconvenient truths to tell about the ways in which we are willingly destroying our planet.
  2. It's billed as an environmental horror story, but The Last Winter bears all the hallmarks of an ever-popular genre that has always pitted science, technology and reason against emotion, awe and nature. It bears all the hallmarks of the gothic: ghosts, death, alienated sexuality, decay, secrets, madness and, of course, awe and trepidation in the face of the sublime power of nature.
  3. 80
    Gruesome and terrifying things happen in The Last Winter, but there's no gratuitous gore or torture, and the film's real power comes from its building sense that something really, really bad is ABOUT to happen.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The Last Winter sounds like a genre-movie platypus - a little bit of this, a little piece of that - but it stops short of laying an egg. In fact, it works eerily well.
  5. Like his "Wendigo," the film has a lot of mumbo jumbo about ancient spirits revived and angered by human disrespect--the old Indian-graveyard paradigm, as clunky as ever. But the context is overpoweringly eerie.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    An imperfect but compelling thriller.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    25
    The film isn't very interesting because it isn't well made.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. azg
    Jul 29, 2008
    10
    This film is is more or less how I imagine the end. Ghostly apparitions and chaos unfolding as a result of human treachery and neglect. It is no hollywood shocker. Just a straight story of men and women confronting the inevitable. Expand
  2. JoeT
    Sep 13, 2008
    8
    Larry Fessenden... I like you. Fans of heady horror and/or The Thing would do well to stick their murder boners into this beast.
  3. EdG.
    Dec 27, 2008
    8
    Creepy. Haunting. Claustrophobic. Well-acted, even if Ron Perlman's character is written as a one-note villain. Beautifully shot, permeated with dread. James LeGros does fine work. Fessenden and his cinematographer turn the frozen nothingness into a living, breathing, palpable and inexorable adversary. Expand
  4. JayH.
    May 7, 2008
    7
    Great cinematography. Incredible atmosphere. Very eerie and suspenseful. Well acted. I wish it wasn't quite so mysterious, but it's a finely crafted film. Expand
  5. Justin
    Dec 9, 2007
    5
    I was with this until the last ten minutes, then it all came apart. It was like ok, ok, ok, ok, WTF!?, movie over. Too bad.
  6. Jan 2, 2011
    1
    The most boring piece of crap masquerading as a thriller I have endured since M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. By the time anything actually HAPPENS ( a good 20 minutes in), I no longer gave a damn what happened to any of these stupid people. I give it 1 star for the fact that it was in my On Demand package and not something I ponied up eight bucks to see. If the ending redeems it, my apologies. I gave up with half an hour left to go. Expand
  7. SeanF.
    Jul 19, 2008
    0
    The critics must have taken a payoff on this one. There's no explanation for nearly anything that happens in this film (and a great deal of it is confusing). The ending clarifies nothing, and only serves as a reminder that you've wasted over 90 minutes of valuable lifetime viewing this horrible piece of rubbish. Expand

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