Sunday, May 28, 2017

Movie review: Last Knights

Raiden is a Commander with a troubled past who has no more interest in waging battles. But when his master, Bartok, is disgraced after open opposing Minister Mott, Raiden gathers his troops and vows vengeance.

Clive Owen (Raiden), Morgan Freeman (Bartok), Cliff Curtis (Lt. Cortez), Aksel Hennie (Mott), Tsuyoshi Ihara (Ito), Ahn Sung-ki (Auguste), Peyman Moaadi (Emperor), Si-yeon Park (Hannah), Noah Silver (Gabriel).

Last Knights is an enjoyable story with wonderful depth. Raiden has a troubled past and plenty of demons but rises to protect the honor of his Master and defend the people against a ruthless, and possibly psychotic, ruler. He does so with plenty of deception and a long running plot that add great depth to the film. Add some sexuality, and violence, and you have a film that is entertaining and engaging through the end.

Acting was good with Owen delivering a wonderful performance. Freeman was solid, though his role was somewhat brief. Curtis was a nice addition, and Hennie fit his role quite well. The remainder of the cast was solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds all had a nice realistic feel and portrayed the period fairly well. Action scenes were solid and fit the film. Dialogue had good depth and added a lot to the film. Sound and soundtrack were well done.

Last Knights winds up being an enjoyable action adventure flick with good technical work and depth that holds audience interest well. Fans of the genre should enjoy this one.

With some mild nudity, sexuality, and plenty of violence, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 5.12.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Adventure, Action, Period Pieces

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