Roadside Attractions | Release Date: January 24, 2020
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TVJerryJan 31, 2020
A Pentagon staffer (Sebastien Stan) is assigned to investigate why a medic was denied the Medal of Honor after he gave his life to rescue numerous men in a bloody attack during the Vietnam War. Of course, he resents the task until heA Pentagon staffer (Sebastien Stan) is assigned to investigate why a medic was denied the Medal of Honor after he gave his life to rescue numerous men in a bloody attack during the Vietnam War. Of course, he resents the task until he predictably begins to relate to the surviving vets and the power of their stories. And that's where the movie shines: there's an assemblage of accomplished actors (William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Diane Ladd, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda & Ed Harris) to handle the dramatic monologues that form the background for this film. Their stories also flash back to the crucial battle. While this true event is noble, the film's attempt at dramatic power is rendered almost bland by the stolid pacing, uninspired writing and intense earnestness. Only in the final scenes does any true emotion surface. NOTE: Interviews with the actual vets roll over the credits. Expand
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theredskyFeb 24, 2020
The Last Full Measure honestly should have been an hour long HBO Documentary. The information in the film should be shown to all but not in a 2 hour feature film format. The only factor keeping this film’s score from dropping is the fact thatThe Last Full Measure honestly should have been an hour long HBO Documentary. The information in the film should be shown to all but not in a 2 hour feature film format. The only factor keeping this film’s score from dropping is the fact that its heart is in the right place. The film is really trying to do the right thing with the story but where it completely falls apart is the execution. The film is presented so blandly and poorly that it becomes incredibly boring. The bore factor is made worse due to the 2 hour runtime. Whenever the veterans are not being interviewed, the film drags really heavily. It’s incredibly boring and it’s made worse by the fact that I don’t care that much about Sebastian Stan’s character. Most of the characters were very one note for me. They had little to no development besides two of them. It’s very unfortunate because the two characters the Director tried to develop, I actually cared about. He has shown that he is able to make good characters based on real people but he just couldn’t do it with the other characters. This lack of characterization isn’t helped by some of the performances. Christopher Plummer and Ed Harris do a pretty good job but everyone else is okay or not great. Peter Fonda and Sebastian Stan had the weakest performances. I love Peter Fonda and it’s really unfortunate this was his last film role before he died. Fonda and Stan displayed almost no emotion in their performances. They recited their dialogue in a really boring manner and felt out of place with the other actors. Samuel L. Jackson and William Hurt were fine. Their performances weren’t that special and they were just kinda there. The cinematography and editing were very bland and boring. None of the shots were visually interesting. It was just bland back and forth shots except during the action scenes but during the action scenes, the camera is shaking so much that it’s difficult to tell what is going on. Overall, The Last Full Measure has its heart in the right place and some good performances from Ed Harris and Christopher Plummer but the film’s execution and boring moments make this film unfortunately very forgettable. Expand
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