Last Call (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|What do you expect from a
straight-to-Canadian-video film directed by a guy who
never directed a feature film, written by and starring a
guy who currently runs a nightclub in Toronto?
You know what? It doesn't suck. Not a bit. These guys actually know what they are doing.
I was honestly impressed. And shocked that it was that good.
|THE PLOT: Two really dumb street guys borrow some money to help a nun keep the bank from foreclosing on a schoolhouse/orphanage. Problem is that they borrow the money from a Mob guy, and they have no way to pay it back. So they try robbery. The hold up a couple of small inner-city stores, get a couple hundred bucks each time, and despair over their ability to get enough. They decide to pull off something big. One of them is smart enough to know that they can't rob a bank or a post office, so they try to figure out something unconventional with very little security, and settle on robbing a hot nightclub after the Saturday closing.||
|One little problem. They have no idea how
to do this kind of thing, an alarm is tripped, and they
find themselves inside the downtown club surrounded by
dozens of cop cars and mob guys. You see, the mob guy
that they need to repay also owns the club, and they end
up holding his daughter hostage! They can't surrender,
they can't shoot their way out. No matter what they do,
even if they go to prison, they are dead men. They are
really decent guys at heart, albeit dumb, and even their
hostages can see that. After all, they did it so a nun
could keep her orphanage open. Not exactly your typical
Given the budget of approximately zero, these filmmakers really did a good job. This is one of the better indies I've seen in the past couple years, spoiled only by some amateur acting and the last thirty seconds of the movie.
(SPOILER: One of the two guys has a death wish, and he's been talking to his dead brother throughout the movie. He decides to sacrifice himself at the end, creating a diversion to let his partner escape. That was cool. The partner did get away, and was hitchhiking out of town, when he got a ride from the other guy's dead brother. Say what? Not sure what that is supposed to mean, other than he must be dead himself, I guess. Confusing and corny. Had to be a better way to end it than that.)
ways this is a more interesting and human film than the
very similar "Albino Alligator", which had real
actors, a healthy budget, and was directed by Kevin
Spacey. You will actually keep watching "Last
Call", wondering what the hell these two morons can
possibly do to escape the trap. You will have great
empathy for them.
The filmmakers never got a distribution deal for this film, but keep an eye on director Sean Buckley. I don't know who he is. Neither does IMDb. But I know he has some talent, and may make real movies someday soon.
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