(1 / 5)
The above set-up seems pretty intriguing right? It has the potential for tension, excitement, thrills. The resulting film has none of that. Characters bicker and fall out. They team up and disband. They sense they’re being double-crossed. Maybe they are, maybe they’re not. You won’t care by the time the film gets to its twist ending – which isn’t a twist because the central mystery isn’t particularly well positioned. John Carpenter’s The Thing is the gold standard for this type of one-location paranoia thriller, but sadly this Tanel Toom-directed/Malachi Smyth-written feature can’t even manage a bronze medal.
If it sounds like I’m being harsh on Last Sentinel – it’s because I am. This film has potential. The opening storm sequence is well realised with decent visual effects. The performances are solid and the sets are good. Last Sentinel would have been good – if something interesting occurred. The running time of Last Sentinel clocks in at almost two hours, but it seems at least an hour longer than that – you could have cut thirty minutes and it still would have plodded along. The whole endeavour is a massive waste of time – the filmmakers, mine and yours.
In a world filled with a never-ending stream of films and TV shows, you should do yourself a favour and decide to watch something (anything) other than Last Sentinel.