September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Last Man Standing (Movie - 1996)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Bruce Dern, Karina Lombard, Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis, David Patrick Kelly
director
Walter Hill
genre
Action Adventure, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a D

Writer-director Walter Hill follows up last year’s nuanced, underrated Wild Bill with this numskull, overwrought shoot-’em-up. Bruce Willis is a 1930s gun for hire who drives into a Texas border town where two rival gangs are lying in wait for each other. Shifting his allegiance back and forth to whoever’s offering more bucks, Willis is a soulless mercenary. But he ends up risking everything to help a woman — Karina Lombard (The Firm) — held hostage by one gang. Willis is stiff; Bruce Dern shrugs through the role of a squirrelly sheriff; Christopher Walken gives his umpteenth violent-maniac interpretation. Hill says Last is his version of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961), but it’s more reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. Whatever Hill did this same laconic-loner redemption tale better 18 years ago, with The Driver. D

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