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I loved this film! It was Mickey's showcase all the way. It reminded me a bit of his role in Rumble Fish -the soft-spoken older brother dealing with a rash younger sibling. In The Last Ride the same soft-spoken character is dealing with Scarlett who is bent on self destruction. Mickey was so very cool in this film, subtle, but never dull. Watching him pull off those subtle moves is a delight to see -the guy is such a gifted actor and so underappreciated. The rest of the cast put in excellent performances including Rodney A. Grant, and Brion James. Lori Singer, who in many peoples estimation is no actress, put in a very good performance as far as I'm concerned. She displayed a wide range and was very believable. But hey, this was Mickey's film all the way. Can you tell that I positively love the guy????
Mickey was a real cool dude and fun to work with. I was an extra in this movie. I played an Indian cowboy at the rodeo. The movie is great for those that like modern day outlaw movies. Great Montana locations. Mickey, you can write! Call me if you have any work for a long haired Indian guy.
Mickey Rourke had been offered the part of Butch in the hugely
successful 'Pulp Fiction'. He declined the role and opted to star in
'The Last Ride' (Aka 'F.T.W'). The fact he had an input in the writing
may have had much to do with the decision, but in retrospect it was a
bad move. Had Rourke taken the role offered to him in 'Pulp Fiction'
his status as a Hollywood king of cool may have been restored.(It had
already been badly damaged by previous efforts such as 'Prayer for the
dying','Wild Orchid', and the dreadful 'Harley Davidson & the Malaboro
That he did not take such a high profile role in the wake of these box office disasters showed a worrying lack of quality control from such a gifted actor. 'The last ride' was a faltering love story (also staring Lori Singer)about an out of luck former Rodeo rider and a socially damaged girl. The whole story has been done before, with bigger budgets and better casts. Singers character ends up returning to the only kind of life she knows after meeting Frank T. Wells, and ends up on the run.
Rourke plays the 'Wells' character with the usual subtle charisma he that made him famous in the 80s, but the supporting cast just isn't up to the job. Singer's character is pursued by the cops and this sets of the inevitable chain of events that become the movies climax. Whilst i wont reveal the actual ending I'm sure you can guess. Avoid it, especially if your a Rourke fan, this was his first big mistake.
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What's the first thing you do when you get out of prison after 10
years, served for manslaughter ? Why, you shack up with a woman on the
run from a botched bank robbery, in which 7 police officers were
killed. She is also heavily traumatised by being forced to have
intercourse with her brother for years, and has an irrational need to
commit crimes at all hours of the day. Not exactly the right course of
action if you're aiming to make 'a fresh start'.
Yes, Mickey Rourke is a nice guy in this film. He may have been in the big house for a decade, but only because he was defending a friend. Lori Singer on the other hand, is every psychiatrist's worst nightmare. She is childlike, and not in an endearing way. She holds up convenience stores, when she KNOWS her face is all over the press. She is as dumb as a sack of doorknobs, and incredibly needy to boot. A bangin' body is NOT worth the amount of trouble she brings to the table.
One of the key problems here is the disparity between Rourke and Singer's character. He is so calm and collected and she is so whacked out and uncontrollable, you wonder how they can stand to be in the same room, let alone romantically involved. I could not believe in this relationship, because the script gives us no reason why these polar opposites should be together... Other than it WANTS them to be. Especially during the ludicrous finale, but I'll get to that later...
If you like rodeo, you'll LOVE this. There's lots of footage of Rourke's stunt double hanging on for dear life on those buckin' broncos. Funny thing is though... I signed up to this film because I thought it was a thriller, not a documentary about this no doubt fine sport. And aside from the bloody bank shootout at the start, there's nothing else here to justify that tag. It's just a dull slog through a turgid 'romance' plot featuring two people who might look photogenic having sex in the rain, but have next to nothing in common. Which brings me neatly to...
The last 10 minutes, which were so stupid I was rubbing my eyes with disbelief. Rourke has just managed to win 5000 dollars at the rodeo, securing their future. SInger's been her usual moronic self and has just held up a bank, being shot in the process... and ruining what chance they could have had. So what does he do? FORGIVE her for everything, does NOT take her to hospital while she's bleeding to death, and instead goes on a HORSEBACK ride to the wilderness to bury her body. Later, he's pursued by mounted police officers, then killed by a sniper from a helicopter as he's retreating.
He had NOTHING to do with the murders of the dead cops, was clearly running away unarmed... and yet, he gets a bullet in the back. Even in America, this is indescribably harsh. In fact, it defies all credibility. This is the sort of daft conclusion you scribble down when you have a 10 minute deadline until submission. Later, the studio hands you your script back, and apologises for putting you under too much pressure, and asks you to rewrite it. Except, it didn't happen here. Oops.
The FTW of the title refers to Rourke's character's initials (Frank T Wells) and a tattoo Singer has (stands for F*** The World.... nice). Not Free The Whales. Or For The Win. Just thought you should know. 4/10
F.T.W. Is an very good movie, this movie makes you think. If any book
you've rad yesterday makes you think about the context of it today, it
means the writer have achieved his goal. He brought the idea in exact
wright manner to move you, to make you think about it, to make your
brain chew the theme, maybe even to change your views. Same goes for
the movies. And this is an kind of a movie that makes difference,
probably this is one of the best M.R. movies. I don't want my
"movie-hero" to use a gun, or be cool. All this naive state of being
cool is temporally, Pulp Fiction is not cool. Cool means stable state
of emotions, or mental condition, to be able to have under control the
negative reactions that may accure. If your "movie-hero" using F word
and every two minutes reloads his gun, he is sick person and needs
medical attention and that ain't cool. In this movie FTW lost his years
in prison, after his release he decided to move on and leave the past
behind. Emotionaly and mentally he require full recharge of his lost
strength. You can witness him being cool, emotionally balanced person.
He had all his reasons to use every second the "cool" F word or kill
every cop in this movie trying to be die hard outlaw. But I guess it is
much harder not to do that.
I actually grew-up with the movies like Desperate hours, Barfly, F.T.W. Angel Heart, Johnny handsome etc I guess I saw all his movies, but I've lost my respect for this actor after I've forced my self to finish watching Exit in red, and then Point Blank. I had bad feeling that MR needed so badly money for a new operation, so he was willing to make any movie just to make another buck to get another face-lift done. Sorry MR I love your early work...
But please find out for your self and make your own judgment
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