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No emotion. No fear. No pain. They were the perfect soldiers to protect civilization--until the drone police became the perfect enemy. With little hope left for mankind, Tallis, an electronically enhanced soldier, rescues a rebel beauty from a failed resistance mission. A force to be reckoned with, she will learn to fight and think like a machine for the final battle to save the human race.
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The plot was terrible, the story terrible, the acting mostly bad, the special effects were almost not existent... But at least it had Katee Sackhoff, which raised it one *
Here's the deal... Pass on this!
1 ½ *
Don "The Dragon" Wilson (the movie's protagonist) muffs his lines throughout the majority of the film. He looks bored and expressionless, as if he cannot wait for the filming to be over (who can blame him?). The character development between Wilson's character (Tallis) and Katee Sackhoff's (whose character's name just so happens to be named "Girl," how original) is poorly conceived. It's far too overtly contrived to be taken remotely seriously. Very little comes out of it.
Speaking of little, very little comes out of the film. Everything done in this film has been done a gazillion times before, and quite frankly, the movie isn't even that entertaining. The story and characters are entirely forgettable. They were just doomed from the beginning. Not even Keith David's appearance could save it (the movie).
There are so many great sci-fi action flicks out there that should never have to settle for The Last Sentinel (it's quite baffling how a film of this calibre gets a Blu Ray release). So, do yourself a favor and skip over this one. Wilson fans at least expecting some action on par with his Bloodfist films, may want to steer clear as well. As they will be left woefully disappointed.
This would have scored a star had Katee Sackhoff not been pleasing on the eyes. Might I add, she's not the main star of the film like the dvd cover attempts to have one believe.
The story: Tallis (Don Wilson, Bloodfist series) is the last remaining member of an elite team of cybernetic-enhanced soldiers trained to battle an army of drone "protectors" who have declared war on the human race. After a resistance mission gone wrong, he rescues a nameless woman (Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica) who will aid him in an all-or-nothing strike against the drone core.
After almost twenty years of starring in subpar martial arts fare, kickboxing superstar Don Wilson put his trust for one more outing in a science-fiction adventure and a cast that included Bokeem Woodbine (Ray), Keith David (Platoon), and Steven Bauer (Scarface). Do you suppose he knew that all of these names would be limited to bit parts, flashbacks, and voiceover roles? Granted, hearing David's resonant vocals as those of a talking machinegun is kinda neat (he joins Dawnn Lewis of A Different World in that department), but fact is that Wilson's character could've used some company in addition to the sporadic Katee Sackhoff to keep the film more interesting. The story really drags, even when it's not being abruptly halted by the intrusive flashback scenes, and whatever importance the plot places on Sackhoff's character is dropped when Tallis ends up going the last twenty minutes of the film on his own.
I lost comprehension of the storyline amidst the endless shootouts, but disappointingly, this wasn't because the gunfights were good enough to get immersed in - I simply stopped paying attention during them and didn't wake up in time to find the plot thread again during the numb monologue scenes. Yes, it's disappointing that the film's dramatic portions are a shot in the bucket, but even more so the fact that it fails to deliver on the action front as well. The gunfights alternate between guerilla-style battles between Don and the drones and a couple 'epic' war encounters during the flashbacks but neither approach is executed very well, lacking not only combat logic but also ebb and flow. Never before have I so longed for Don Wilson's mediocre hand-to-hand fight scenes, but since the movie makes a point of advertising him without his 'the Dragon' ring moniker, his fisticuffs are kept to a minimum, with the only one-on-one fight being the final bout with the "super drone" (David Mattey, Hancock)...and yes, that one's pretty bad, too.
As is the case with most of director Johnson's movies, the production values are generally strong with plenty of attention paid to costume and set design. I don't blame him for the weak CGI used to create a few helicopter scenes. However, he does receive my scorn for foolishly trying to manage such a relatively large movie on a meager budget: with a bit more financial backing, "The Last Sentinel" could've been a fun watch, but in its current state, it has all the credibility of something like Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus but not nearly all its entertainment value. Avoid!
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