'The Last Warrior' [Blu-ray]
(Aleksey Faddeev, Vitaly Kravchenko, Saido Kurbanov, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2018 / 4Digital Media)
Overview: These are times when one civilization is replacing another. A new era is about to begin in Central Eurasia. Scythians, the proud warriors, are all but gone.
The few of their descendants have become ruthless mercenary assassins, the "waves of Ares."
Lutobor, is a soldier with a difficult task at hand. He becomes involved in internecine conflicts and sets off on a perilous journey to save his family.
Blu-ray Verdict: Trust me when I say if you're into Russian fantasy/adventure films, this is one you should definitely run out and buy, my friend.
With a choice of English or Russian with English subtitles, 'The Last Warrior' is gripping from start to finish. Running at around an hour and forty-five minutes, which is wonderful unto itself in this day and age, the blood pours, the gore is never hidden, and the plot itself is highly suspenseful.
Will you wish to cover your eyes at some impending moments? Yes. Will you miss the chance to, due to some gory, blood-ridden action scene coming at you too fast, too furious? Yes. But that's what you're here for though, isn't it? A movie that shakes you to your core, but at the same time provides a narrative that tells a tale quite like no other has in a long time.
Complete with a fur-wearing, bone club-wielding barbarian, 'The Last Warrior' (aka 'The Scythian') is a roaring beast of a tale whose action takes place during the 11th century. OK, sure, if you want to be picky here, the protagonist is supposedly "the last Scythian", which is all great and cool, but that civilization disappeared 700 years before the era of this movie (but, again, who cares when the film is as good as it truly is).
Aleksey Faddeev as the central character "Lyutobor" is excellent in both his mannerisms and his stance. The man can most certainly act and the man knows where to locate the heart and soul of his character, that's for sure.
The cinematography is wonderful also. Beautiful at times, raw and battle worn at others, each scene composition contained within those aforementioned battles are found to be brutally entertaining one minute, bloodied and sorrowful the next.
To the best of my knowledge, the overall set designs and costumes are spot on also and look very much authentic. The fighting scenes feature expert camerawork too, those key moments throughout the film all managing to stand tall; to stand proud, as well they should. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'The Last Warrior' - Official Trailer
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