Netflix Now: Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison (2017) - Reviewed

Sometimes you just want to keep things simple on a cold winter day and just experience a film with some raunchy language, lowbrow humor, and some cool gunplay. When I came across Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison I thought I found what I was looking for. So, immediately I dug in. 

Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison is based on a true story from 1978. To start, Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison tries real hard to come off as gritty and cool attempting to capture the dustiness of of Southern Arizona from this era. All of the characters look greasy and sweaty throughout the film's duration. All of the pieces are there in Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison, however all of this attempt at making the look so rough around the edges gets snuffed out when the film is presented in its pristine, digital frame. This just does not make Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison convincing at all. 

Performance wise, there is also not much to say with Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison. Seasoned actor Robert Patrick does deliver the strongest performance here and unfortunately that sets the film completely off balance with the rest of the cast really falling short in each of their own ways. This shortcoming is most notable from Heather Graham’s delivery as the wife of Gary Tison, Dorothy. Easily, the flattest performance in the film. I’m sorry, but when an accent is that fake sounding, it's very tough to watch without just giving up and turning off the movie. This is just one example of why Last Rampage was so challenging to watch. 

The story of Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison centers on some truly disturbing content. There are some acts committed in this film/story that really crawled under my skin, and stayed there. That is where the grittiness that was obviously trying to be achieved in this film truly lives, in the facts themselves.

Have you seen this boy? No. Well, lead for you then.

If you really want to do some serious wincing for a few minutes, then Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison would be a good film to check out. Unfortunately, that will most likely be the bulk of what you will get out of this Last Rampage.

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-Scott W. Lambert