Last Shot (2020) Movie Review

Director: Terrence Arlyn

Writer: Terrence Arlyn (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Dobson, Cody N Carter, Melanie DiPiero, Dominic King, Anthony Wilcox, Terrence Arlyn

Plot: A young man is released from prison with a chance to turn his life around. But the streets haven’t changed since he left and the same hate, regret, and fear waits for him on the other side of the wall. Can he ever really be free?

Tagline – Freedom is more important the pride, and that’s one hell of a thing to live for.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Redemption 101

Story: Last Shot starts when Nick Heirs (Carter) gets released from prison after his mistakes in his younger life, he wants to go straight with his choices, only he finds himself in the middle of the same neighbourhood, which sees him catching the eye of his parole officer Aries Parker (Dobson).

When Nick starts gets caught in the middle of a bigger rivalry in the area under Smack Williams (Cream), which leads to two detectives Hana (DiPiero) and Casey (King) investigating, with their own different opinions on how to deal with the law.

Thoughts on Last Shot

Characters – Nick Heirs has been released from prison, he knows the mistakes he made, he wants to make up for the errors and start a fresh, turning his life around, he turns to friends for a home, a job and a chance, which sees him struggling to deal with the changes on the outside, becoming a prime suspect in a series of murders. Aries is the strict parole officer that has seen men come out of prison only to waste their chance, he doesn’t have much hope in Nick in anyway. We have the two detectives that are on opposite theories on how to deal with the crimes in the area. We also have the people that have helped Nick get back on his feet and the ones that could have caused him problems in the past.

PerformancesCody N Carter does a good job in leading role, with the whole cast doing a solid enough job bringing their characters to life without shining on the levels they could.

StoryThe story here follows an ex-con trying to put his life back together where he gets a chance of new career, relationship and friendships, only for things to not go as planned as somebody has started to go on a killing spree, making him the prime suspect. This is a story that we have seen before, one where an ex-con is looking to improve his life after previous mistakes, only for things to not go to plan, showing that your mistakes could always catch up with you no matter how hard you try to fix them. Everything is kept simple, though we do get the big mystery about who is behind the murders, only we don’t get as much attention on that, to the levels we could do.

SettingsThe film takes us from behind prison, as Nick tries to get on with his life, in the same neighbourhood, where he ended up getting caught up in trouble before.

Scene of the Movie – The club fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough mystery about the murder.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong look at redemption, it does show us just how important making up for mistakes is important, no matter how difficult it is to change for the better.

Overall: One Redemption Film We Have Seen Before.


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