Monday, June 24, 2024

Last Survivors (2021)

Streaming Service: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: Last Survivors (2021)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Length: 1h 38min
Rating: Unrated
Director: Drew Mylrea
Writer: Josh Janowicz
Actors: Drew Van Acker, Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Moyer, Mark Famiglietti, Benjamin Arthur
Blurb from IMDb: A father and son, who have been living off grid for 20 years, encounter an outsider who threatens to destroy the utopia they've built.

Cat’s Point of View:
Last Survivors was on our radar back when it released in February of 2022. It made the Top 20 list for both Selina and I – if in slightly different placements within the 11-20 range. Off the top of my head, I recall that I was intrigued by the trailer although it clearly gave away spoilers regarding “the big secret” within the story. I was interested in seeing how it was all going to play out.
Of course, it also helped that I'd generally give anything involving Alicia Silverstone (The Baby-Sitters Club, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Reptile) and Stephen Moyer (The Gifted, After Everything, Sexy Beast) a chance.
There's a fine line to tread when discussing Last Survivors. It's hard to discuss in full my impression of the movie without spoiling more than the trailer already did. While I gather myself from having so many trailer-related pet-peeves stomped on, I would offer that I do have some positive things to say about the film. I think the cinematography did a great job in capturing the remote nature of the 'world' of this father and son. I felt the cold of their environment and the stark nature of their off grid living that was the stuff of preppers' dreams.

Everything leading up to where things got twisty had me on the edge of my seat a bit – right up until the most pivotal moment. I did feel the dread and suspense regarding the stakes involved with the evolving situation. I wanted so badly to be able to ignore the plot holes and continue to suspend my disbelief. The latter half of Last Survivors simply didn't offer enough answers to the “why” questions that were plaguing my thoughts as I watched.
I enjoyed the performances by Moyer, Silverstone, and Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars, Life Like, Titans). Any issues I had with their characters came from the story itself, rather than their delivery of it.
While Last Survivors isn't a movie that I think I'd seek to watch again, if a friend or family member wanted me to watch it with them, I wouldn't protest. Maybe a second watch-through could reveal clues I missed that could have answered some of my questions. It's a shot in the dark, if I'm honest. The point is, I wouldn't be mad about a second watch-through.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 48%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 4.9/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating 3/5
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