Owen Gleiberman
November 02, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Last Castle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
130 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/19/01
performer
James Gandolfini, Robert Redford, Delroy Lindo, Frank Military, Robin Wright, Mark Ruffalo
director
Rod Lurie
distributor
Dreamworks Distribution L.L.C.
author
David Scarpa, Graham Yost
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

As Colonel Winter, the weak-souled fascist warden of a maximum security military prison, James Gandolfini speaks in a softly robotic lisp that sounds like Tony Soprano minus New Jersey. Winter is set up against a new inmate, a three-star general (Robert Redford) who has recently been court-martialed. As staged by director Rod Lurie, The Last Castle is a grimly watchable yet sodden prison melodrama with all the subtlety and surprise of a showdown between the sissy-bully son of Captain Queeg and a hero who’s like a fusion of Brubaker, Spartacus, and Norma Rae.

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST