Ain’t It Cool News
June 29, 2012
Hey, folks. Capone in Chicago here, with a few films that are making their way into art houses or coming out in limited release around America this week (maybe even taking up one whole screen at a multiplex near you). Do your part to support these films, or at least the good ones…[…]
The details of this 2009 Australian feature that is just now making its way stateside courtesy of Music Box Films are sketchy, and that’s exactly how director Glendyn Ivin wants them. There’s a man (Hugo Weaving of THE MATRIX and THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogies) and his young son Chook (Tom Russell) on the run from the authorities; there’s been a violent act that has resulted in someone getting either seriously hurt or killed, and we’re pretty sure Weaving committed the act. He’s a sketchy looking guy with a temper and no patience. The two do a fugitive’s drive of the outback’s least desirable tourist spots, and as they travel, we get small bits and pieces of information about their history, where the boy’s mother is, and what exactly transpired that led to the violence that put them on this path.
LAST RIDE is a measured work whose sole propulsive element is a savage performance by Weaving, who character wants so desperately to be a good father that he allows his son to essentially take over and make the decisions for them even if it means him getting captured (obviously, that’s not his first choice). Weaving is so invested in this man’s struggle that you simply can’t take his eyes off him, and you’re in a constant state of anxiety about what’s going to happen to and between them. LAST RIDE is a film loaded with tension, even at moments I don’t think it’s meant to be there. Weaving just drags it along with him wherever he goes, and it elevates the film beyond simply telling a story to a place where every scene is fraught with emotional weight.
And I haven’t even mentioned how unconventionally gorgeous the movie looks (the director of photography is Greig Fraser, whose exceptional work can be seen in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN). In its own small way, LAST RIDE is perfect and flawed in the most interesting and unnerving ways, and that’s why it rattled me into loving it.[…]