Last Man Standing was an almost entertaining flick. The problems are two-fold. One being this is a Lifetime movie and plays out as such, including commercial break fade-outs and fade-ins. Zero suspense and the plot is so simple that the twist at the end is hardly a twist at all, it really couldn’t have ended any other way. Secondly if you’re going to feature current computer technology in your film, please know how it works and be able to portray it in a realistic manner. There are several insert shots here of Bell’s character on the computer with mouse movements and clicks that were so precise and robotic no human could have made them. It was obviously an artist’s rendition. And having someone spout technical jargon while unplugging and replugging in wires to bypass the system is a joke. I’m also getting tired of everyone having Star Trek type computers. This is supposed to be 2011 here right?
I will say that Catherine Bell (Army Wives) is perfect for this type of Lifetime movie. She reminds me a lot of Ashley Judd, and this role is something Judd would have gone for in the late 90’s. I do have a hard time believing Bell could beat up full grown men though, especially when she easily shakes off a huge hit to her kidney that should have floored her. She does have a MILF-y soccer mom body that looks more capable than Angelina Jolie’s frail stick of a body, so I can’t complain too much.
I’d say pass on Last Man Standing unless you know you like Lifetime movies. It’s definitely something easy to watch in passing if you’re unable to put your full attention into it.
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Catherine Bell, Anthony Michael Hall, Mekhi Phifer