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Last Ride (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 July 2009 (Australia)
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A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who's wanted by the law for committing a violent crime.

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Kev
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Max
Kelton Pell ...
Ranger Lyall
Sonya Suares ...
Zareena Khan
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Girl in Pub (as Loren Horsley)
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Man in Roadhouse
Chrissie Page ...
Storekeeper
Chris Weir ...
Local #2 in Pub
Michael Allen ...
Local #1 in Pub
Beau Hurren ...
Local #3 in Pub
Mick Coulthard ...
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Lucy Russell ...
Girl in the Chicken Shop
Jane Liscombe ...
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A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who's wanted by the law for committing a violent crime.

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A Última Viagem  »

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AUD 3,500,000 (estimated)

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$838 (USA) (29 June 2012)

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$5,480 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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Superb acting from Hugo Weaving, of a totally repulsive and frightening individual.
21 July 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It takes a lot of guts to push for truth to character rather than going for the easy way out, softening the edges. In this film Hugo Weaving's character has been so severely scarred by life that he has become a total sociopath, with no capacity for empathy, let alone love. It would have been easier for Weaving to have softened him a bit, shown signs that really deep down he did love his son. But that would not have been this guy, who is as hard as nails and totally self-concerned. Even when takes his son camping, it is all about himself, recapturing the few happy times in his youth. When his son makes that picture shake, his reaction is vicious. All this makes it a hard film to watch, in the same league as some other Australian films like "The Boys".

Matching Weaving step for step, Tom Russell's portrayal of the wary boy wishing his father would show him some affection but fearing the worst, is brilliant. Never overdone or mawkish, showing extraordinary subtlety and maturity for one so young.

Finally, the ending is suitably enigmatic, leaving us with questions about what really happened, and what might now.

A brilliant film, but if you like feel-good with a happy ending, don't go to this one.


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