Last Knights

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Last Knights

Are you yearning for a quick fix of medieval feudalism, political intrigue and glowering men in leather jerkins, but can’t bring yourself to stump up the subscription fee to watch the new ‘Game of Thrones’ series? Reckon those ‘Lord of the Rings’ films were a bit girly and elf-centric? Been booted out of the battle re-enactment society for excessive enthusiasm? Then ‘Last Knights’ is the movie for you.

 Clive Owen gruffly channels Sean Bean (minus the accent, sadly) as Raiden, trusted lieutenant to Lord Bartok (Morgan Freeman), and last of an noble band of courtly warriors. When the cruel Imperial overseer Gezza Mott (Aksel Hennie) calls both men to the capital (this is one of those fantasy worlds where the capital is just called ‘the capital’), Raiden suspects that they’re walking into a trap. And so it proves...

 This is an unrelentingly dour take on the fantasy genre, ditching the wizards, dragons and rampant nudity – aka, the fun stuff – in favour of grit, grime and lengthy scenes of bad-tempered men in brown cloaks trying to hack each other’s limbs off.

Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya brings a neat edge of samurai chic to the proceedings, and his decision to largely avoid CGI in favour of real-world landscapes is to be applauded. But it’s all so drab and predictable, grimly trudging through the motions and offering nothing new to an already overworked genre.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday April 17 2015
Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
Screenwriter: Michael Konyves
Cast: Clive Owen
Morgan Freeman
Aksel Hennie

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There are types of films that seem to have a sort of 'high budget/low budget' feel to them, and Last Knights if definitely one of those films. It obviously has a lot of budget behind it, there are nice bits, a high profile cast, but it doesn't really come together. The costumes and sets are a bit too clean, the locations have a very 'this will work for this bit, lets throw it in the film' feel and there was even a moment where I could clearly see the forced perspective painted on a flat surface outside a castle!?


Technical gripes aside, script and plot wise it's a bit all over the place, the dialogue is not very original to the point you know what they are going to say before they say it, and the characters are very recognisable from many other fantasy/medieval yarns.


Saying that, I did find it strangely watchable, the actors (particularly Owen & Freeman) work their best with what their given, and the story has a sort pleasing old school feel to it, reminding me the films I liked when I was younger.


Probably file under 'could do better'. Not one to seek out, but also not one run away from either.