This review originally appeared in shorter form on KSNT-NBC, KTKA-ABC, and KTMJ-FOX, Kansas First News.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Last Ride (2009)
The 10-year old boy (Tom Russell) on a road trip with his father in Last Ride is dealing with a situation that’s much different from Moonrise Kingdom. Hugo Weaving (from The Matrix and Lord of the Ringsmovies) is a fugitive father who takes his son Chook through the farthest reaches of the Australian outback to elude the law.
Last Ride is also beautifully shot, but it’s going for a way more realistic vibe, and uncertainty fills every frame.
Weaving carries the film in a rare lead role as a father who loves his son but has criminal tendencies that get the best of him.
Young Tom Russell is subtle and effective as the boy who has to grow up fast. Last Rideis a slow-moving but affecting drama, and one worth seeking out on DVD.
Extra features include audio commentaries with director Glendyn Ivin, Ivin’s Palm D’Or-winning short film Cracker Bag, another Ivin short called The Desert, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a documentary called Seven EMU: This is Where We Live.