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The Last Full Measure (2019) review: Fantastic acting all round ensures this true life tale of sacrifice gets the respect it deserves

The Last Full Measure (2019) review: Fantastic acting all round ensures this true life tale of sacrifice gets the respect it deserves
Named in reference to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, writer/director Todd Robinson’s long time coming The Last Full Measure is a film and story that will mean so much to many American viewers. Not to say that it’s appeal is just limited to that one market (far from it) but with the horrors of the war in Vietnam slowly becoming a violent entry in the history books, it is fantastic to see a film that treats the conflict with such sensitivity. Vietnam has inspired many a film, even pictures not directly based on the war itself, and often a certain approach is taken but in Robinson’s film, things are less about the battle that fractured minds and destroyed lives and more about the people and how survival can be a sentence.

Highlighting the story of U.S. Air Force Pararescueman William H. Pitsenbarger (played here by Jeremy Irvine
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Treadstone

Treadstone
Network: USA Network  

Episodes: 10 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: October 15, 2019 -- December 17, 2019

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Emilia Schüle, and Michelle Forbes.

TV show description:      

Created by Tim Kring and connected to the Bourne film franchise, the show explores both the origin of the CIA black ops program -- Operation: Treadstone -- and its present-day actions. Treadstone uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. Sleeper agents across the globe -- from D.C. to Berlin to Paris and beyond -- are mysteriously "awakened" to resume their deadly missions.

Characters include: Doug McKenna (Smith), an all-American oil-rig worker; SoYun Pak (Han), a piano instructor, wife, and mother in North Korea; John Randolph Bentley (Irvine),
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Treadstone: Season One Ratings

Treadstone: Season One Ratings
The Bourne feature films and books have been very popular for decades and have made more than a billion dollars. Will that popularity translate into big ratings for the Treadstone series? Is it going to be a hit or a flop for USA Network? Will Treadstone be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Status Update Below.

An action-thriller series, the Treadstone TV show stars Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Emilia Schüle, and Michelle Forbes, with Patrick Fugit, Michael Gaston, Shruti Haasan, and Tess Haubrich in recurring roles. Created by Tim Kring and connected to the Bourne film franchise, the show explores both the origin of the CIA black ops program -- Operation: Treadstone -- and its present-day actions. Treadstone uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. Sleeper agents across the globe
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Treadstone: Season One Viewer Votes

Treadstone: Season One Viewer Votes
Can this show recruit enough viewers in the first season of USA Network's Treadstone TV show? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Treadstone is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we invite you to rate all of the first season episodes of Treadstone here. Status Update Below.

A USA Network action-thriller series, the Treadstone TV show stars Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Emilia Schüle, and Michelle Forbes, with Patrick Fugit, Michael Gaston, Shruti Haasan, and Tess Haubrich in recurring roles. Created by Tim Kring and connected to the Bourne film franchise, the show explores both the
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Both The Purge TV Show and Bourne TV Spin-Off Treadstone Get Canceled at USA

Both The Purge TV Show and Bourne TV Spin-Off Treadstone Get Canceled at USA
That's going to be it for The Purge and Treadstone on USA Network, as both shows have officially been given the axe. With the cabler canceling both shows, The Purge comes to an end after two seasons while it's going to be a one and done season run for Treadstone. The news follows another recent cancellation from the cabler, as USA Network also pulled the plug on the new drama series Dare Me after just one season as well. The moves are said to be part of an overall push towards more unscripted content like The Biggest Loser and WWE Monday Night Raw, along with more "eventized" scripted projects like Christian Slater's Dirty John and Milo Ventimiglia's Evel.

The Purge television series was executive produced by franchise creator James DeMonaco alongside Thomas Kelly, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, and Sebastien K. Lemercier. Expanding upon the universe established by the movie franchise,
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The Purge and Treadstone Canceled at USA Network

The Purge and Treadstone Canceled at USA Network
USA Network appears to be exiting the scripted market.

The latest casualties at the cable network are Treadstone and The Purge.

They are both spinoffs of wildly popular movie franchises, but neither set the ratings alight upon their launches.

Treadstone is ending after just one season.

The series explored the origin story and present-day actions of a fictional CIA black-ops program known as Operation Treadstone — a covert program that uses a behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly-superhuman assassins.

The series follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously 'awakened' to resume their deadly missions.

The program breaks down these assassins' personalities, erases their memories, and eliminates their moral code so they can effectively kill targets around the world. Treadstone's legacy was present and begins in an East Berlin incident that transpires in 1973.

This involves John Randolph Bentley (Jeremy Irvine), one of the program's agents, who escapes his Soviet captors.
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Treadstone: Cancelled; No Season Two for USA Network Series

Treadstone: Cancelled; No Season Two for USA Network Series
USA Network is closing the books on the Treadstone TV show. The cable channel has cancelled the action drama series, opting not to order a second season.

The Treadstone TV show stars Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Emilia Schüle, and Michelle Forbes, with Patrick Fugit, Michael Gaston, Shruti Haasan, and Tess Haubrich in recurring roles. Created by Tim Kring and connected to the Bourne film franchise, the show explores both the origin of the CIA black ops program -- Operation: Treadstone -- and its present-day actions. Treadstone uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. Sleeper agents across the globe -- from D.C. to Berlin to Paris and beyond -- as they are mysteriously "awakened" to resume their deadly missions.

Characters include Doug McKenna
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‘Parasite’ Crosses $30 Million, Becomes Neon’s Top Box Office Grosser

  • The Wrap
‘Parasite’ Crosses $30 Million, Becomes Neon’s Top Box Office Grosser
Parasite” has now become the highest grossing release ever for U.S. distributor Neon, grossing $2 million in its 16th weekend in release to bring its total to $30.9 million.

Founded in 2017 by Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, Neon’s first claim to fame was the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya,” which won Allison Janney a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and stood as Neon’s highest grosser with $30.2 million grossed. In passing that record, “Parasite” is the first non-English film imported from outside the U.S. to make $30 million domestically since “Pan’s Labyrinth” grossed $37.6 million in 2006.

Meanwhile, fellow Best Picture Oscar contender “Jojo Rabbit” added $1.4 million from 1,160 screens this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $25.9 million and its global total to $54.9 million. It’s a big jump for director Taika Waititi since his 2016 breakout film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” which grossed $5.2 million domestic and $22.8 million globally. Next weekend, “Jojo Rabbit
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‘The Last Full Measure’ And ‘Color Out Of Space’ Have Solid Debuts, ‘Parasite’ Crosses $30M – Specialty Box Office

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‘The Last Full Measure’ And ‘Color Out Of Space’ Have Solid Debuts, ‘Parasite’ Crosses $30M – Specialty Box Office
The Roadside Attractions Vietnam War drama The Last Full Measure had a solid debut this weekend, earning an estimated $1,055,335 on 614 screens. Crossing the million-dollar mark on its first weekend out, the 2020 release is a decent start for Roadside after stellar box office numbers in 2019 with awards season contenders Judy and The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The Todd Robinson-directed pic, starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, and William Hurt, follows the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a Us Air Force Pararescuemen medic who personally saved over 60 men in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division during a devastating 1966 battle, losing his own life in the process. The story jumps ahead 32 years and Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Stan) is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and partner on the mission (Hurt) and his parents (Plummer and Diane Ladd
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Nicolas Cage Sci-Fi Horror ‘Color Out Of Space’ Opens, ‘The Last Full Measure’ And ‘Panga’ Debut – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Nicolas Cage Sci-Fi Horror ‘Color Out Of Space’ Opens, ‘The Last Full Measure’ And ‘Panga’ Debut – Specialty B.O. Preview
Nicolas Cage is certainly building on his resume of genre-driven films with the new sci-fi horror pic Color Out of Space, which opens in limited release January 24. The film marks the first feature from celebrated cult filmmaker Richard Stanley since Hardware.

Based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the film follows Nathan Gardner (Cage) and his family after a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm. As things unravel, the family finds themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.

The film, which Stanley co-wrote with Scarlett Amaris also stars Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong.

The U.S. rights to the film were acquired by Rlje Films ahead of its Midnight Madness premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Based on the trailer (which you can watch below), the film is very much in the same vein of Mandy a fever dream of a thriller that also starred Cage. Like Mandy, the film is produced by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Xyz films. Mandy banked a worldwide gross of $1,335,484.

Color Out of Space is produced by SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood. Executive producers are Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong for Ace Pictures, which is also financing. Stacy Jorgensen serves as executive producer for SpectreVision.

The modern-day B-movie has already garnered a cult audience and has been gaining traction since its world premiere at Tiff with an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is set to open in 75 theaters with an additional 150 one-night-only eventized screenings at Regal, Drafthouse, AMC, Landmark and various independent chains.

Todd Robinson’s all-star Vietnam drama The Last Full Measure starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer and William Hurt will also debut this we The film follows the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen medic who personally saved over 60 men in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division during a devastating 1966 battle, losing his own life in the process.

Fast forward 32 years later and Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Stan) is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and partner on the mission (Hurt) and his parents (Plummer and Diane Ladd). Scott seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s heroic rescues He talks to Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris), but as he more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman. The film also stars LisaGay Hamilton, Amy Madigan, Linus Roache, John Savage, Alison Sudol and Bradley Whitford.

The Last Full Measure’ Review: All-Star Cast Excels In Inspiring True Story Of Nearly Forgotten Heroism

Watch the trailer below.

Also opening this weekend is the Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari-directed Panga, which is inspired by the life of a national level Kabaddi player from India. The film starring Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Richa Chadda, Neena Gupta and Yagya Bhasin is set to open globally on January 24 with over 100 theaters across North America.

The female-fronted pic is very much a “second act” type of story that sheds light on the ups and downs of a middle-class Indian woman who is a forgotten world champion of the popular South Asian sport of Kabaddi. She looks to give a new meaning to her existing role as a wife and mother and makes the choice to return to the sport and in turn, challenges age stereotypes and a new generation complexities. In turn, she creates an upheaval in her life as she is torn between family responsibility and love for the sport.

Detective Chinatown 3 will also debut this weekend and will continue the wildly successful action-comedy buddy franchise starring Baiqiang Wang and Haoran Liu. The third installment finds detectives Tang Ren and Qin Feng in Tokyo as they investigate a crime alongside Noda Hiroshi (Satoshi Tsumabuki). As a result, a hilarious battle of detectives ensue. With Chen Sicheng returning to the director’s chair, the film is one of the biggest U.S. releases of a Chinese-language film. The first installment debuted in 2015 and earned $125,112,232 in China and $474,252 stateside while the 2018 sequel earned a mind-boggling $541,406,438 at the Chinese box office and $1,983,984 domestically.
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Movie Review – The Last Full Measure (2020)

The Last Full Measure, 2020. Written and Directed by Todd Robinson Starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Fonda, Bradley Whitford, Alison Sudol, John Savage, Diane Ladd, Linus Roache, Max Gail, Byron Mann, Michael Imperioli, Zach Roerig, Amy Madigan, LisaGay Hamilton, Cody Walker, Ser’Darius Blain, Dale Dye, […]

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The Last Full Measure Review

Sebastian Stan faces a different kind of soldier in The Last Full Measure. It's a shame then that it doesn't fully honor its subject matter.

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How I viewed the Vietnam War was shaped largely by the movies released when I was young. In rapid succession--and probably at too slight an age--i saw Coming Home, The Deer Hunter, Hair, and Apocalypse Now, all films that drove home the futility and utter waste of that ill-begotten conflict. The anguish and anger in those films feel as real and raw today as they did decades ago.

The Last Full Measure, which is out this Friday, is not as resolutely political as those films were, but it does focus on the plight of American soldiers who were either not properly honored for their sacrifices in that war or returned home from Nam with enough emotional and psychological damage to alter the
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‘The Last Full Measure’ Review: A Hero’s Long Road to Glory

‘The Last Full Measure’ Review: A Hero’s Long Road to Glory
As filmmaking, The Last Full Measure stumbles under the bumpy pacing and deck-stacking of writer-director Todd Robinson (Phantom). But the film gets up and pushes forward owing to Robinson’s passion to get this true story told. The subject is William Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper (also known as a Pj) who personally saved 60 men during a Vietnam rescue mission on April 11, 1966. When offered a chance to save his own ass by taking the last chopper out of the bloody combat known as Operation Abilene, Pitsenbarger
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‘The Last Full Measure’s Mark Damon On War Drama’s Journey & Why This May Be His Last Picture As Producer

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‘The Last Full Measure’s Mark Damon On War Drama’s Journey & Why This May Be His Last Picture As Producer
Exclusive: Producer and international sales veteran Mark Damon’s latest film, The Last Full Measure, releases domestically via Roadside Attractions on about 600 screens this Friday. The drama is based on the true story of Vietnam War hero William H Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force pararescueman who saved nearly 60 men in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division during a devastating 1966 battle, losing his own life in the process. In the film, set 32 years later, Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman investigates a decades-long Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger and uncovers a high-level conspiracy prompting him to put his career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman. Todd Robinson wrote the screenplay and directs.

Damon, who has produced or exec produced more than 70 movies and is widely credited with pioneering the foreign sales business, says bringing the independent film together was an “enormous task.” An investor “who initially started
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‘The Last Full Measure’: Film Review

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The story of William Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescue medic who risked his life in Vietnam to aid his comrades, as well as the decades-later efforts of fellow vets to see him posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, is undeniably moving — which goes a long way toward explaining how Todd Robinson enlisted an all-star cast for “The Last Full Measure.” No amount of marquee talent, however, can fully compensate for the inert melodrama peddled by this inspired-by-true-events film, which recounts the 1999 campaign to see Pitsenbarger properly feted.

The Last Full Measure” concerns ambitious Dept. of Defense staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan), who bristles at what he believes is a thankless assignment: reviewing a petition to get Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine) the Medal of Honor for his valor on April 11, 1966, when — during a catastrophically bloody clash with Vietcong forces — he descended into the maelstrom to help patch up, and support, the
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“The Last Full Measure” Is A Restrained Crusade For Justice

There are a few different movies competing for attention within The Last Full Measure. One is a traditional Vietnam War tale. Another is a political drama about the gridlock in Washington that can politicize even the most basic of acts. Yet another is a portrait of grief. They all bounce off each other here, dulling each’s effectiveness. Now, the final product overall is just moving enough and just well enough made to warrant a recommendation, but it’s clear that this began with far grander ambitions. In fact, it’s not hard to see that this perhaps was even thought of as a potential awards vehicle once upon a time. Instead, it’s just a decently solid drama, with a good lead turn by Sebastian Stan, that hints at something more. The film is based on a true story and details the quest to reward Air Force medic and Vietnam War hero William H.
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‘The Last Full Measure’ Film Review: Sebastian Stan Investigates an Unheralded War Hero

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‘The Last Full Measure’ Film Review: Sebastian Stan Investigates an Unheralded War Hero
About 30 minutes into Todd Robinson’s new Pentagon film, “The Last Full Measure,” you begin to fear that it will be just another political office drama centered around powerful men puffing out their chests and stepping on each other to get ahead..

But once it gets past the smug banter between colleagues, the film, inspired by actual events, finally shifts towards something far more meaningful: Vietnam war veterans struggling with Ptsd and their relationship with heroism.

It’s an intriguing bait-and-switch that is first presented through glimpses of staggering combat sequences and explosions breathtakingly shot by Byron Werner (Robinson’s “Phantom”) intercut with tense tête-à-têtes between Carlton Stanton (Bradley Whitford) and Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan), Pentagon colleagues flailing after the sudden departure of a high-ranking official.

Also Read: Peter Fonda Got Emotional Seeing His Final Film 'The Last Full Measure' A Month Before He Died

The Last Full Measure
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‘The Last Full Measure’ Review: Sebastian Stan and Ed Harris Lead a Bad War Movie With Good Intentions

‘The Last Full Measure’ Review: Sebastian Stan and Ed Harris Lead a Bad War Movie With Good Intentions
, Todd Robinson’s “The Last Full Measure” certainly can’t be faulted for the integrity of its mission. As unambiguous with its agenda as it is incoherent with its storytelling, this clumsy but star-studded passion project recounts the ultimate sacrifice of Vietnam War hero William Pitsenbarger, a 21-year-old U.S. Air Force Pararescue medic who forfeited his own life in order to save at least nine of his fellow soldiers. Although Pitsenbarger’s bravery was posthumously rewarded with Air Force Cross, several of the men he saved were left wondering why his actions didn’t merit a Medal of Honor. It would turn out to be a more complicated and nefarious mystery than any of them might have guessed — one that would take more than 30 years to untangle.

A USC professor and journeyman creative best known behind the camera for the 2013 submarine thriller “Phantom,” Robinson has long-identified Pitsenbarger’s saga as
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Review: The Last Full Measure

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Plot: A disinterested Pentagon staffer (Sebastian Stan) is ordered to review a petition to posthumously award a Congressional Medal of Honor to William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), an Air Force Pj who served in the Vietnam War and gave his life to save a platoon of soldiers pinned down by heavy fire. When faced with opposition from military brass, the staffer, through his interactions with…
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The Last Full Measure Review: A Portrait of Bravery During Battle That Avoids Jingoism

While Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure does center upon the cost of war, it’s neither a pro-war or anti-war film. He instead allows the idea of battle to exist as an imperative within Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr.’s story. Not only did this young man enlist to go to Vietnam, his bravery led him to voluntarily exit his helicopter above the massacre of Operation Abilene in order to help a division of total strangers who just sent their only medic up for evacuation. Pits saved many men’s lives that day before waving the chopper off, taking up a gun, and doing what he could to save more. His heroic death deserved a posthumous Medal of Honor. What he received instead was the Air Force Cross.

The difference might not mean much to you, but this film goes a long way towards showing why it means
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