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Last Knights (2015)

R | | Action, Drama | 3 April 2015 (USA)
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A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.

Director:

Kazuaki Kiriya (as Kaz I Kiriya)

Writers:

Michael Konyves (screenplay), Dove Sussman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Raiden
Morgan Freeman ... Bartok
Cliff Curtis ... Lt. Cortez
Aksel Hennie ... Geza Mott
IHARA ... Ito (as Tsuyoshi Ihara)
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Auguste (as Sung Ki Ahn)
Payman Maadi ... Emperor
Si-yeon Park ... Hannah
Noah Silver ... Gabriel
Ayelet Zurer ... Naomi
Hannah Rose Caton ... Lilly (as Rose Caton)
Giorgio Caputo ... Slim Tully
James Babson ... Fat Jim
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Maria
Michael Lombardi ... Josiah
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A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master in a sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance. Written by Lionsgate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A battle for honour. A bloodshed for justice. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | South Korea

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Knights See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,797,955
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although not mentioned, the story is a remake of the 47 Ronin, The 47 Ronin (1941). See more »

Goofs

While watching Bartok's castle burning, an airplane is visible as the camera pans out to Raiden and his horse. See more »

Quotes

Bartok: Remember this, Raiden: the wounds of honor are self-inflicted.
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Alternate Versions

The UK '12A' cinema version had some of the stronger moments of violence removed. The '15' certificate DVD is uncut. See more »

Connections

Version of Chûshingura - Zempen: Akahokyô no maki (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Devotion
feat. Natacha Atlas
by Satnam Ramgotra and Martin Tillman
(p) 2015 Moviescore Media
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With distinct visual style Last Knights is a decent light fantasy flick, although the narrative might feel too familiar and slow
4 April 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

It's odd that a medieval fantasy movie with respectable cast nearly flies off radar. Last Knights is not an epic tale, in fact the plot heavily resembles that of 47 Ronin and considering even Keanu Reeves' journey is inspired by multitude of per-existing works, this plot is unoriginal at best. The pacing is slow, creating a rather bloated runtime. Still, the cast as well as cinematography produce nice atmosphere, especially in latter half, just making Last Knights a moderately enjoyable popcorn flick.

Raiden (Clive Owen) is a commander with a dark past, he was taken by his lord Bartok (Morgan Freeman) and granted opportunity to lead the knights. As a man of integrity Bartok openly opposes Minister Gezza Mott (Aksel Hennie), this doesn't end up well for him as he loses his land and riches, amongst other things. Thus the tale of coping and possible vengeance begins. The premise is far too predictable, more so if you have watched 47 Ronin, the screenplay almost mirrors one another.

Clive Owen has the rugged commander look, but he doesn't seem engaging. I can't help but seeing the solemn Keanu Reeves' persona as neither of them barely exhibits any meaningful expression. Morgan Freeman is as dependable as ever, he's charismatic and does pretty much what one expected. As for the villain, Aksel Hennie performs admirably. He does seem corrupt, conniving and slightly paranoid. The script gives him ominous vibe that audience would love to hate.

Supporting cast is oriented towards the mix of European and Asian, props for the casting department to pull off the eclectic assemble. They also have some experience in action movies and TV shows overall, so it's not all obscure faces. The setting puts emphasis on hybrid culture, architectures and costumes appear to be from ancient Persia with an oriental touch. It's a quaint atmosphere and presents a few lavish set pieces. Cinematography uses grayish filter for most of these areas and outfits, in exception of certain characters or definitive environment which are more vibrant.

While it looks presentable, the plot may deter some audiences. Its script tries to engage with intriguing lines, and it's mildly successful. Unfortunately, the film spends more than half of its runtime stuttering to find its rhythm. This is made worse by the outdated screenplay, the plot devices are not only foreseeable, they are also heavy-handed in execution.

The last act fares better as it offers more polished action sequences, although there is no surprise twist to be had here. Last Knights is made from tired elements of the genres, it doesn't do enough for a fascinating spectacle. However, with a presentable graphic and production design, it's barely sufficient for a light watch.


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