The Last Warrior (2000)
By: Devon B. on March 27, 2016 | Comments
Splendid Film | Region B | 1.85:1, 1080p | English DTS-HD MA 2.0 | 94 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Sheldon Lettich
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Sherri Alexander, Joe Michael Burke, Rebecca Cross
Screenplay: Stephen Brackley, Pamela Long
Country: Israel, USA
Having a hit movie franchise with lots of established action stars means that there is renewed interest in their back catalogue, and in Germany there's an "Expendables Selection" line which has a few movies by Expendables stars in its ranks, plus for some reason Steven Seagal's Belly of the Beast. Unfortunately, the Dolph Lundgren vehicle that was chosen for this line is the rather dreary The Last Warrior.

The film starts with Dolph narrating about the end of California. The big one has finally hit, and the quake has torn California away from the continent, creating Mojave Island. The survivors are left to their own devices, but I'm not really sure if it's business as usual in the continental US. I mean, Hawai'i and Alaska seem to do okay and aren't cut off to become post apocalyptic warzones. Like everyone else, I've met Californians that I wished were isolated from the rest of us, but I don't know that it's fair to exclude everyone in California. Some of them must've been tourists, and they're probably all right to let back into the United States.

Dolph's part of a group that do patrols for supplies and other survivors, and they're about to head out on their last patrol (which is probably why the movie is also known as The Last Patrol). I'm not sure why it's the last patrol, but it's probably connected to the reason California has been cut off from the rest of the world. There is some sort of mutation and sickness epidemic on Mojave Island, so maybe that wiped out the whole planet, but this is never really made clear. Or maybe the quake somehow fractured the whole planet. Even without the sickness and mutation, Mojave Island isn't exactly an island oasis because there's also a prison on the island, and the prisoners are now being lead by a man whose execution was staid by the quake. Only Dolph can stand in his way.

IMDB claims director Sheldon Lettich and Dolph agreed to make the film with the proviso that the script would be re-written, but then the changes were blocked because the screenplay was penned by the executive producers. I believe that, because this feels like a story that needed a few more drafts before people began acting it out in front of cameras. It's not quite an action movie, focused more on the apocalyptic situation the characters are in than on the characters actually doing much aside from talking. This movie is way too talky, bogged down by painful expositional narration and heavy handed dialogue. Making matters worse are bad acting, dumb characters and characterisation, dodgy makeup, stereotypes and a really annoying woman. The film has a few funny, quirky elements, like a funny explosion slow motion sequence, but there're also some try hard elements that are just grating. I have to admit I was surprised at how often God got involved, but there's not a lot else of note here.

Dolph does what he can, but this is not much of an action movie, and it sure as hell is not a well done drama.
The Disc
The Last Warrior has a few spots, but is pretty clean for low budget movie. The print has some edge enhancement and the picture is not always the sharpest, with fine detail often lacking. It looks a bit better than a DVD, but I'm sure the movie could look better still. Audio is available in English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio or German 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mixes. The 2.0 is the original mix, so that suited me fine. I did sample the 5.1 mix, and it adds some direction, but is still front heavy and some sounds are turned down in the mix. There's not a lot of action in the movie, but when it happens the 5.1 does supe up the sounds. The disc comes with no significant extras, though the cover reverses and the other side hasn't got the big rating, plus there are nine German language trailers.
The Verdict
A cheap action movie Gilligan's Island wasn't what I was expecting, but really The Last Warrior is just a boring story about some people surrounded by water. I'm sure there was potential at some point, but the end result is just dull.
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