Ignore the haters, it's a good, no it's a great movie!
Much anticpated film that exceeded expectations. (by Macha_Ruad)
Being a huge fan of Perry Bhandal and Luke Goss, I was truly looking forward to finally seeing this film. The bar was set pretty high by Luke and Perry's first film, Interview With a Hitman. Bhandal's The Last Boy did not disappoint.When an auteur opens his film with a quote from Rumi's The Great Wagon, then subtly weaves the most meaningful verses into the script, one must look beneath the surface, or obvious plot, for the ingenious spiritual and enchanting subplot where the soul of the film dwells.Perry Bhandal's The Last Boy is much more than the story of the survivors of a <more>
somewhat soft focus post apoplectic event.Although the exact cause of said catastrophic event is never truly fully revealed, viewers are never lost as to backstory, underlying plot points or events subsequent because Bhandal leads the viewer just enough to encourage personalization of the film via allowing each viewer to implement their own perception of the unfolding story.This masterful technique dovetails perfectly with Rumi's featured poetry and spiritual wisdom, which is deftly interjected and, in my opinion, pivotal to the film's plot.The prominent verses featured are in essence a study of the realization of the spiritual realm, exploration of non-judgment and oneness.Mankind tends to be dualistic and judgmental. By nature we divide, compartmentalize, and label thoughts, actions and emotions, which is often the sole source of internal conflict.The post apoplectic winds may represent the fear that we harbor of death, our vulnerability to immovable universal forces, and unpredictable fate...or they may represent reconciliation of our human faults and foibles, the rejection of judgment and labels so we may lay fear aside embrace our oneness so we can enter the spiritual realm and finally realize that beyond the labels, fear, judgment and distinctions lies a serene place."Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."~Rumi
Good...I was sad when lily died...ending was happy : ....anyways was nice and I liked it
A beautiful story, brilliantly executed. (by tonyclarke223)
This film really touched me. The story is genuinely unique and it's brilliantly executed. It's set in a post apocalyptic world but not the ones you see time and time again in movies. There's not a lot I can say without giving too much away other than if you've ever lost anyone you love you can help but be moved by this film. I didn't know much about Rumi but his words are so perfect for this movie. The performances are so good especially the kids and the special effects and music are out of this world. Loved it.
Official Selection 44th Boston Sci Film Festival (by flowerpots1978)
Official selection at the prestigous 44th Boston Sci Fi Film Festival.I found it a very powerful film with a beautiful message so aptly illustrated via the poetry of Rumi. The cast were very good especially two youngsters Matilda Freeman and Flynn Allen, the Priest Peter Guiness and of course Luke Goss, whose performance was superb.The film builds to ending that is original and unexpected and will move you to tears. It's bold, uncompromising and spiritual. People will love it, people will hate it. Those that love it, like me, will because it touches your heart. Those that hate it will do <more>
because they're lost.Films like this are why I love independent cinema.
Caught this at the Boston Sci fi fest last week. I liked the poster and intrigued by the premise. Had heard of Luke Goss and kind of associated him with below par action movies and wondered what he was doing in this. Later discovered he'd collaborated with the same director on interview with a hitman a film I'd heard of but not seen but more on that later. Anyway settled in not knowing what to expect and was well very pleasantly surprised. First of all Goss. I mean who knew he was such a class act, I mean top drawer stuff. He's definitely easy on the eye and it's not too hard <more>
to see how easy it would have been to get to A list status if he'd chosen his past movies better. As for the rest of the cast I loved their performances, esp Peter Guiness and the little girl Matilda. I've read some of the short sharp critiques by some on here and whilst not usually one to comment it kinda sucks and I think anyone reading this should just ignore most of that trash talk. The story's been compared to other other recent narratives but it stands on its own. The whole set up is fresh simple and believable. Religion plays a big part, focused mainly on christianity - the priest and the Goss. I thought that contrasted nicely with the Rumi mysticism I was very impressed with the 'wind' effects.. The ending is what makes or breaks a movie and the director goes all out and pulls it off in my opinion. Felt a tug on my heart strings. I wanted to watch Interview with a Hitman before commenting to see if this was fluke of some kind. Surprise surprise that was pretty damn good too. Not sure what Bhandal's up to next but if he can pull off two films which are so wildly different then he's got my attention. A well deserved 9//10
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Good movie (by leanneshanea)
I think this is one of those love or hate it movies. Personally I love films that dare to be different and this one does and pulls it off in my opinion. There's actually so much to digest - first of all this post apocolayptic world is one where most people have disappeared, so instead of leaving some dystpian nightmare with roaming gangs done to death IMO, along with Zombies, sigh it leaves a world no longer touched by humans. The british landscape is stunning and if the directors aim was to give us a taste of what the world could be like if we just left it be then that point comes <more>
across loud and clear - actually Jay, the sniper, does say as much at the end.So what's left once everyone's gone - well things have changed, first of all there's a lethal wind that turns people to ash. A lot of people are comparing this to Birdbox, mostly saying Birdbox stole this idea - but besides that where Birdbox the wind wasn't visible - here it is. And it's done really well. Its like an entity in its own right and its one of things that makes this film unique. I applaud the filmkakers for trying so many new ideas, too many to mention and on the whole they work really well, probably too much to take in while watching but if you're like me they'll come to you afterwards.They other thing that exists in this new world is the place that grants wishes. I'm not going to spoil it - just to say it took me completely by surprise and the filmakers should be congratulated by creating something amazing out if literally nothing.I loved the cast, some veterans and also newcomers. I thought their performances were convincing and actually quite funny at times. Luke Goss who plays Jay the sniper is fantastic. He's worked with the director before and they obviously have something special because he is really really good.If I had any criticism I thought the girl Lily decided to join the boy too quickly. But I guess you could say children behave differently to adults so maybe that's what would happen in reality who knows.The Rumi theme is one of those things that I keep coming back to again and again as I keep on making connections between his words and the film. One tip - once you've watched - go back to the beginning and read the quote. Bit of an open mouth moment.So in conclusion. The film looks beautiful, the story is unique and original and really gets to you. Must admit I'm a bit of a softie so the ending did make me cry.8/10
From some of the reviews a few people don't like or get this film but that's fine, everyone's entitled to their opinion as I'm sure they don't have a problem with people who do like the film expressing their opinion. For me, The Last Boy, is a great story told very well and personally I was deeply affected by this film.I've read the poetry of Kahlil Gabron and discovered Rumi watching this film.I'm no new age hippy but I have an open mind and don't buy the usual human origin BS. This movie took me down the rabbit hole.So lots of references to Birdbox, <more>
Happening, the 100 and so-on which I think are way off the mark once you look beyond the group of people/journey/danger similarities. Tarkovsky's stalker is a better comparison but is still way different from the world Bhandal has created. First is the wind really a killer wind? Because let's face it when people are turned to ash where do they go? Are they dead? Apperently not because three of them come back at the end in the place that grants wishes.Bhandals playing with some pretty esoteric themes here, energy fields, portals to other worlds, the displacement of humanity but what I think this film is about is the power of Love.The religious tones in this film are overt with the priest and his church why did Bhandal choose that over any number of different bad guys and subliminal with the place that grants wishes. I got the whole character motivaton thing Sira wants his mum back, Lilly wants her father back, Jesse wants the world back to the way it was but she wants something else as the end and Jay wants his wife back all compelling reasons to risk a journey to a place that grants wishes.So they band together and in true selfish scientist fashion its Jesse who causes Lilly to be taken by the wind by her obsession with trying to find a scientific explanation for the wind and trying to replicate Sira's power. We find early on that he can deflect the wind with his mind. The question is where did this power come from? Is it a natural evolution of the human species to be able to survive the wind or has been changed somehow.So Lilly gone and Jesse gets her equipment that will help her explain/control the wind and the three get to the place that grants wishes. That place is a field...yep a field. And it connects right back to the beginning of the film with the quote from Rumi 'beyond rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a field I will meet you there'. This suggests Bhandal knows exactly what he's doing. But wait when Rumi says 'field' does he mean a 'physical field' the field of grass or an 'energy field' or both?When they arrive the field of grass transforms, the sky changes, church bells sound out, all very overtly religous. All the colours of the world change. Then the wind arrives, but not for them but to create a barrier before them. Jay, Jesse and Sira are trying to work out what's going on and why the wind isn't attacking when a figure appears bang smack in the middle of the wind protected by an 'energy field' surrounding them! Is this what Bhandal meant by 'field' from the quote by Rumi.The figure is Jays wife. So he sees his wife, the woman he has been grieving for and uppermost in his thoughts, materialised and he can't get to her because of the wind surrounding her. Now put yourself in this position the person you have wished for stands just a short distance away what would you do?Well they have Sira who uses his power to create a tunnel of the arches like a cathedral presumably made of the same energy protecting Jay's wife.Jesse tries to analyse what Sira's doing as Sira tries to keep the arches intact as the wind gets stronger is it alive, does it know? . As the arches collapse Jay runs to his wife but is caught before he can get to her. And he's turned to ash and his wife's protective field collapses and she's turned to ash for the second time. So what's the energy field? Is Bhandal alluding to what Gregg Braden talks about the energy field that emanates from all humans. Could it be 'Love'? The most powerful energy field that emanates from humans. Because Love is the only explanation that makes sense to me. Jay's wife's Love/Field keeps her alive in the wind and when Jay doesn't reach her in time and he's turned to ash, the Love turns to Grief and her Field collapses and she too is taken by the wind.So Jesse and Sira and the wind are left. Then another figure appears Sira's mum and she too is enveloped in a Field of Love . Jesse has learnt about the wind so can help him cross and he begins the walk through the tunnel, again the wind increases in power to test his Love .Sira redoubles his efforts and another figure appears beside his Mother, Lilly. And that is when we find out that what Jesse really wants is to atone for Lilly's death and wishes her back into life 'She was my wish'. So Sira approaches his Mother and Sira both in their separate fields, unaware of each other. They both hold out their hands to him and his mother tells him he has to decide. Presumably if he picks one the other will turn to ash again like with Jays wife. Then. Sira's mother quotes from the same Rumi poem that Lilly read at an abandoned house they stayed again. A quote about portals, and moving back and forth across two worlds. Is that what they are doing? Is that where everyone has disappeared to.The wind builds and the tunnel is collapsing and Sira must decide so he takes there outstretched hands and binds them together, his mum's in Lilly's, their fields merge together and they look at each other as if for the first time, the field getting bigger and then they turn and walk into a blinding light leaving sira to be taken by the wind as the tunnel collapses. But the field love that surrounds Lilly and Siras mum as they walk into the light expands is this because of the love for each other? for Sira? and pushes all of the wind away, leaving Sira safe and returning the field back to normal.So is the place that grants wishes a test of love? Why didn't Jay make it to his wife, was there doubt in his mind, why didn't his wifes field/love expand to encompass and protect him? Did she not love him enough? And are they all still alive in another world 'where the two worlds touch' and if they are how do they come back if there is no-one left to wish for them, are they forgotten forever?The possibilities are endless and mind boggling. The is a film for our times. Maybe a little too soon. This film has played on my mind ever since I watched it. Judging from Bhandal's background and his previous film there's nothing to suggest any of this was intentional.It's a beautiful story full of hope for us as a species, it's a brave film to make in these times.I've given it an 8 but in my heart it's a 10.