After a massive earthquake destroys Los Angeles, a new order is formed. But disagreement among the ranks leads to more war and disruption, and The Last Patrol must bring order if there's to be any hope for the future.
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An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the Richter Scale splits California into an island with a perpetual dustcloud hanging over it. The survivors of the terrible ordeal have started to come together in the shape of Nick Preston (Dolph Lundgren) an air force captain, and other fractions of the military, including Sarah McBride and Lucky Simcoe, and have situated themselves in a warfare junkyard, holding weaponry from forgotten conflicts. They are searching for food, fuel and fellow survivors, and a possible path into the next world, while also dodging a violent plague that causes the skin to boil. Written by
Apparently-trash film but actually: a great entertainment with a cool plot and colorful characters
Start watching this movie on TV, I expected just another low-budget action film that would doubtfully be watched till its end. Eventually, i was enjoying so much to rate it with '9'. A bit strange deviation from its 3.1 IMDb average but....this is my opinion, isn't it :)
Unlike other high-budget natural-disaster movies with heroic attempts of the main actor to save his child/wife, here there is a group of survivals with their daily attempts to survive. The grotesqueness of characters doesn't change the realness of situation. Grotesque as they are: an earthquake just happened - what will they do ? They behave like human beings under crisis - not like American heros with banally, expected and nonrealistic moves.
Just think of "metamorphosis" of kafka: there, a man became an insect and it's still a classic story. Why ? because the unreal starting-point is forgotten when the reader follows the very-real behaviour of the character (of course, this is not the only reason "metamorphosis" is a classic one :) ).
Back to The Last Patrol: a colorful set of people in a situation I'm really anxious about: you know, an earthquake can really be stronger than what we ever seen, then what will we do, isolated with some people in the less-expected location ?
Various violent conflicts (e.g. the prisoners) and the weird plague add the "action" spice which makes this film more entertaining than just a drama.
The bottom line: I've enjoyed this movie very much.
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