This was probably one of the most under rated movies of 2001. I didn't have many expectations for it either. I am not a Robert Redford fan and I was not familiar with the work of James Gandolfini, but because I am an action fan and the trailer made this out to look like a not to bad action movie I decided to pick it up. The problem with most action movies that run over two hours is that they usually become boring and bogged down with confusing plot twists that ruin the entertainment value. But this movie never once became boring, my eyes were glued to the screen the whole time. Redford <more>
and Gandolfini lit up the screen with red hot performances that kept you at the edge of your seat. This movie has everything you could ask for in an action movie, strong performances, strong script, beautifuly directed action sequences and dare I say it, a few touching moments. Redford plays a war hero who is sent to a prision for war verterians. He then plans an uprising against the corrupt prision guard. Your heart will instantly go out to a shy inmate who was accused of beating someone to death with a hammer. The film also has some of the most mouth dropping action scenes that I've seen in a long time. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. So whether you are a fan of prision movies like The Shawshank Redemption or Fortress or a hardened action fan this movie will not dissapoint. I rank this film as one of the best of 2001 along side Made.
Despite the setting, this movie has little to do with prisons. (by fredericksmith1952)
Despite the setting, this movie has little to do with prisons. Rod Lurie's vision, combined with the extraordinary talents of Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, is a morality play set in the most unlikely of locations. We have a man who has risen to the height of his potential, the Colonel, who will never advance above that rank, and is bitter with his role in life. He is an administrator among soldiers who wanted to be a soldier and was instead given the task of maintaining order at a prison. That he could show leadership by helping these men to regain their self respect and dignity <more>
has escaped him, and he is content to amuse himself by creating situations which lead to the prisoners becoming the animals he believes them to be. When the General comes to his prison, he thinks he has found a kindred spirit who can appreciate his manipulation of the men. To his disappointment, he finds the General a thoughtful and honorable soldier who has chosen to accept his punishment without excuse or explanation. While the Colonel must fight to maintain control, his methods and his intellect lack humanity and understanding. The General is given control by the prisoners because of his intellect and understanding. He offers the prisoners the one thing the warden cannot, dignity. Rated R for language and violence, this film is not for everyone, and certainly not for the very young. It is, however, an essential element in the creation of a leader, and should be seen by anyone who aspires to lead.
Bad Movie for some Excellent to others (by Junkandspammail)
Despite, the bad reviews that have been posted on this site, I find The Last Castle to be one the most interested and thrilling movies I have ever had the pleasure to watch. The need by others to find faults and negative comments were just not called for. This is a movie shows how one man with a huge ego and in a position of power can single handedly break a man's pride and spirit and that of another who shows a group of men that despite their circumstances your pride and self respect is something no one can take from you unless you allow them to. If this is what is considered a bad <more>
movie, I'd like to know what a good movie is. The Last Castle is a movie that you have to watch to judge it yourself and not base it on the opinions of others. If you are unsure, just watch the movie, judge it for yourself and then post your own review.
A general sent to prison puts the pride back into the prisoners. (by lonewolf737)
This film; i thought was great. The film is about a General who is sent to prison only for u.s army though and he puts the mens pride back into them and he wants to cause the prison to lose control to get rid of the man in charge. It had tense moments between characters and you was wondering what will happen next which every film should aim to do, this film did it well. It was action packed and very well planned out, characters were very good at their roles and created the right atmosphere for the scene. I would say that it is one of few films i would recommend someone to watch. So if you <more>
get the chance too, watch this film, its a must see.
Definitely one of my top prison movie choices. Motivational and moral. Robert Redford played the part of an honest offender, honest about being an offender that is. A must see for those of you who like prison or military oriented movies.
" Respect is not something automatic , . . . it must be earned " (by thinker1691)
In the long litany of films which Robert Reford has amassed, this film " The Last Castle " will certainly be among the epitome of his best. It relates the story of a highly respected and exceptionally talented army general one Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin, Robert Redford who was court-martial-ed for disobeying orders. Thereafter he is imprisoned within a military prison compound presided over by a lack-luster commanding officer named Col. Winter James Gandolfini who although he admires the general, believes himself to be his superior. The disgraced general may have been broken in rank, <more>
but his reputation soon becomes apparent when the prisoners look to him to re-mediate the harsh, cruel and sadistic methods imposed by the warden. A mental chess game inaugurates between the imposing warden and the prisoner general. Everything the Colonal has learned from books now is tested against actual experience and the outcome is to be over-seen by Gen. Wheeler who seeks to either remove Irwin to another prison or discharge Winter for incompetence. A superb role for Redford who's every bit imposing as a military officer and the superior cast which includes Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton and Delroy Lindo as Gen. Wheeler. Indeed, this is an exceptional movie and one recommended to anyone seeking the definition of a true leader. ****
Redford's ability to fade into a character is profound. Sometimes an actor who has been in the business a very long time will become larger than any role he plays... John Wayne for example with a couple of exceptions . He becomes Eugene Irwin in this movie. This movie isn't about Redford's character, just like "The Legend of Bagger Vance" isn't really about Bagger Vance. The Last Castle is about honor to one's self and honor among soldiers, even if they are prisoners. James Gandolfini's portrayal of a colonel who knows nothing of this honor or brotherhood is <more>
excellent. He makes you despise his character. Colonel Winters is a deeply disturbing study of corrupt power and jealousy of others' glory. A fine ensemble cast of characters make this movie well worth watching.
Prison movies can get a little depressing for me after awhile, but this is one of the best I've seen because the two lead actors, Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, are fascinating. I also liked this because the characters were a bit softer than in most prison movies, the language more tolerable and the story kept my rapt attention for the two-plus hours.The only fault I can find with it is the normal credibility where people should have been shot but all the bullets miss, of course. That happens mainly to Mark Ruffalo's character. Also, I was surprised at Delroy Lindo being listed <more>
pretty high in the credits but he had very little screen time. Overall, thanks to the acting this is a solid film and recommended.
A Great Duel Between Two Wonderful Actors (by claudio_carvalho)
Movies about prison are attractive most of the time. However, this one is above the average and deals with an American military prison. Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin Robert Redford is a highly decorated general that after a martial court is convicted to ten years in a military prison. The principal is Col. Winter the great actor James Gandolfini , a military that has never participate of a combat. He rules the prison as if he were in a war, where the prisoners are the enemies. The presence and the leadership of Irwin will make Col. Winter feels threatened. The duel between them will be great. <more>
Watching this battle is worthwhile. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "A Última Fortaleza" "The Last Fortress"