Point Last Seen (1998)


Director: Elodie Keene

Writer: Ronni Kern (Teleplay) Hannah Nyala (Book)

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Kevin Kilner, Sam Hennings, Kieren Van Den Blink, Mary Kay Place, Kory Thompson, Holly Bishop, Dana Reilly


Plot: Fact-based story about a tracker who searches for a little girl who was lost in the desert, but suffers internally because her own children were kidnapped by her ex-husband.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Standard TV Movie


Story: Point Last Seen starts by warning us that this is based on actual events. We meet Rachel (Hamilton) and Frank (Hennings) who get a visit from local sheriff who needs Rachel’s help tracking a missing little girl called Mandy. Rachel has been dealing with her own problems when her husband Kevin (Kilner) has kidnapped her own children and they have been missing for over a week.

We watch how Rachel starts her tracking while we learn how she became an expert tracker because of her abusive husband. The film continues to flick between the two timelines showing just how desperate Rachel situations are becoming.

Point Last Seen really takes a concept which could actually very exciting and makes it very slow moving and rather dull. We don’t need narration through the whole film while we watch Rachel walk around the desert. This really is one of those films that you see was made for TV and think, ‘yep 100% TV movie’. I understand how it is meant to be set on real events but a little imagination could have made it more interesting. In the end this really does come off badly with little positive about it. (2/10)


Actor Review


Linda Hamilton: Rachel Harrison is an expert tracker who gets called upon to find a missing girl all while battling her own personally problems where her own children have been taken by her abusive ex-husband. Linda doesn’t show all her skills in this film and ends up just mailing it in. (2/10)


Support Cast: Point Last Seen has a supporting cast that turn up through the film either in the flashbacks or the investigation but none of them are that interesting.


Director Review: Elodie Keene – Elodie does manage to make an easy to watch TV movie but I don’t see much of a career in feature films. (2/10)


Drama: Point Last Seen is one of the slow moving dramas that all end up make this hard to watch. (3/10)

Settings: Point Last Seen uses the settings very well to make the idea work but really could have been any desert. (2/10)

Suggestion: Point Last Seen is one to miss, it is too slow to really enjoy. (Miss It)


Best Part: Hard to find one.

Worst Part: Too dull.


Believability: Based on actual events. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes


Overall: Point Last Seen could easily have just be an episode in a television series rather than a full film.


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