‘No bodies. No convictions.’
The Last Victim is a 2021 American “neo-Western thriller” set in a small town where a seasoned sheriff is hunting some ruthless outlaws.
Directed by Naveen A. Chathapuram from a screenplay written by Ashley James Louis, based on a storyline co-written by Naveen A. Chathapuram and Doc Justin.
The movie stars Ali Larter, Ralph Ineson, Ron Perlman, Tahmoh Penikett and Kyle Schmid.
A group of modern-day outlaws and their terrifying leader are pursued by a local sheriff (Ron Perlman), after committing a horrific crime in a desolate southwest town.
When a professor (Ali Larter) and her husband cross paths with the criminals, everyone is drawn into a spiral of violence and retribution where morality becomes ambiguous, and survival is the only option. Double crosses and bloody vengeance ensue…
It’s all exciting and, above all, implemented without longueurs. The wheel is not necessarily reinvented, but Naveen A. Chathapuram knows what he is doing and what he wants in his directorial debut. He also has the luxury of being able to fall back on a very good cast. Ali Larter makes a compelling heroine and the likes of Kyle Schmid and especially Dakota Daulby are a pleasure to watch.” Film Forum Bremen [translated from German]
“Chathapuram has created a film that feels very familiar, but that isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s like a warm cup of chicken noodle soup for your movie-going soul. It has all of the elements you’d want in it: comedy, action, great dialogue, and thrills that keep you on the edge of your seat. As a first-time director, I’m very impressed by Chathapuram…” Nightmarish Conjurings
“The filmmakers take a big swing in trying to drive home the script’s pronouncements about the nature of fate, but they stretch credulity so far past the breaking point that they reveal themselves to be out of their depths, leaving us with a film that’s perpetually spiraling out of control in ways that are difficult to rationalize.” Slant
In the US, The Last Victim will be released by Decal theatrically and On-Demand (VOD) on May 13, 2022.
Cast and characters:
Ali Larter … Susan
Ron Perlman … Sheriff Hickey
Ralph Ineson … Jake
Kyle Schmid … Bull
Tahmoh Penikett … Richard Orden
Tom Stevens … Manny Randowski
Dakota Daulby … Tad
Kit Sheehan … Glenda Hickey (voice)
Trish Allen … Waitress
Matt Brown … Monroe
Paul Belsito … Snoopy
Gregory Fawcett … Deputy Dale
Camille Legg … Deputy Mindy Gaboon
Budge Winter … Older Man
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