Paul Willson and Liam Dempsey from Spocklight: A Star Trek Podcast return to Flixwatcher to review Paul’s choice The Last Castle.

The Last Castle is a 2001 military action film directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Robert Redford as Lieutenant General Eugene Irwin who is sentenced to 10 years at a maximum security military prison for violating orders that resulted in the deaths of eight soldiers. In charge of the prison is James Gandolfini’s Colonel Ed Winter, an admirer of Irwin. Who despite having never seen combat keeps a coveted collection of military artifacts and inflicts punishing behaviour on the prisoners. After a prisoner is killed by a rubber bullet the prisoners start regarding Irwin as their leader and a battle of control between Winter and Irwin intensifies. Mark Ruffalo and Delroy Linda co star.

Although released in 2001 The Last Castle would feel at home in the 1990s action genre, all the effects are practical, not digital and how many 00s films feature Robert Redford shirtless carrying rocks in the midday heat?

The Last Castle is an easy watch, it might be corny and a bit predictable but the star power of Redford and its no nonsense approach makes it quite endearing. The scores for recommendability reflect this and fall into firmly into the three point fives to four marks. Slightly lower scores for repeat viewing due to its two hour plus runtime give an overall rating of 3.79.


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More about The Last Castle

For more info on The Last Castle, you can visit The Last Castle IMDb page here or The Last Castle Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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