THE LAST SENTINEL
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A group of soldiers are created to protect and serve, they are called drones. But apparently, they don’t like working for the man, and these robo-cops end up killing every human in sight. It is up to a group of rebel fighters to send the drones back to hell. And no, this isn’t Terminator.
Is it good movie?
Considering the very unoriginal idea, you know, robots taking over and basically bringing on the apocalypse, I found The Last Sentinel to be a passable watch. I really liked Don Wilson as some soldier with robo parts who battles those evil robot police dudes. Not that it was a great performance, but I kind of bought him as the soldier ready to pound android (or whatever they were) ass. I also kind of liked the idea that his weapon was loaded with a personality and could speak to him. In fact, it seems many of the big guns in this flick have conversations with those surrounding them. It was a cool idea. That is, it was cool until they just wouldn’t shut up. It seemed like they began just telling the audience what was happening and it became very distracting. Add to that distraction a series of gunfights that seemed to all blend into one.
As for the plot, it is very miniscule. Tallis (Wilson) is searching to kill a few drones and keep himself alive, with only the company of his chatty gun. As we soon learn in flashbacks, he wasn’t alone. Many other freedom fighters were with him, but they are all destroyed. Thus, he finds himself on a lonely mission to defeat the baddies. I’m guessing he is looking for some hope to maybe save the world from the pesky critters. Along the way, he is able to rescue The Girl (Battlestar Galactica’s, Katee Sackhoff) who is nice enough to reveal a side tit shot for all you horny guys while she showers in her underwear. But very little is revealed about her, and she has a pretty small part considering that she is plastered on the poster.
As I said, there were a few moments that I actually dug about this film. But a few moments does not a good movie make. The set looked like the backlot at Universal Studios. They seemed to re-use several images, whether it was Don and Katee swimming under water (for some reason, this whole town seemed to built over a bunch of canals or something). And how damn many times can Don jump out the same window barely missing an explosion, yet every time, it is a different building. I guess they all just connect to one window. There are a ton of mistakes here and it really starts to show the ultra cheap budget. But with that, I still thought had a few fun moments, especially when “the girl” shows up. She really wasn’t important enough to give a name. So, if you have to see every single end of the world, apocalyptic flick that has ever been released… I guess this might be worth a watch. But it won’t live up to a very satisfying experience.
Video / Audio
It always fascinates me when movies promise a star and they are only in the movie a very short time. Such is the case with The Last Sentinel. Katee Sackhoff seems to be a capable actor and is wasted here, only making young men happy when she showers in tight white underwear and no shirt, with a half boob shot. I will say there are a few fun moments with Don Wilson kicking ass, but the villains are bland and the regurgitated story only offers a few moments of sci-fi fun.