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The Castle—the unlikely last stop in the brilliant career of three star General Irwin. Colonel Winter can't help but respect the once-legendary general, but it isn't long before that respect turns to resentment and then open hostility as Irwin continually confronts the warden on his methods.
PROFANITY: 34 F-words, 1 GD, many others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Several killings and beatings, some bloody. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Not much until the action packed ending. COMEDY: A decent amount of comedy to break the tension.
Above Average "..a grimly
watchable yet sodden prison melodrama.. the drama has all the subtlety and
surprise of a showdown between the sissy-bully son of Captain Queeg and a hero
who's like a fusion of Brubaker, Spartacus, and Norma Rae.''
Good "..a rousing adventure
film that entertains despite a raft of plot implausibilities. The movie is
involving in a way that makes suspension of disbelief easy - you don't start to
question the likelihood of what happens until the end credits have finished.''
immediate experience of watching "The Last Castle" is strongly
involving, and the action at the end, exciting. It's the kind of movie people
tell you they saw last night and really liked. I really liked it last night,
too. It's only this morning that I'm having trouble with it.''
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
VERY HIGH OPINIONS!! A GREAT movie. Most moviegoers LOVED "The Last Castle." With virtually no low opinions, I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE LAST CASTLE to everyone. It has very wide appeal.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected) GREAT! Very Entertaining! I enjoyed this movie very much and I feel confident the average moviegoer will enjoy it as much as I did. Two adult females and a young teen female also viewed the movie with me and they all enjoyed it so I believe it will have wide appeal. SEE IT!
The only negative thing is that the story does have some problems with believability. Several times things happen a little too coincidentally just so the story can proceed the way the writers wanted. Another example is a large and violent helicopter crash, full of fire, where the pilot walks away with a few scratches.
The Castle—the unlikely last stop in the brilliant career of three star General Irwin (Robert Redford). Court-martialed and stripped of his rank, Irwin has been sentenced to the maximum security military prison, which is run with an iron fist by its warden, Colonel Winter (James
Gandolfini). Winter can't help but respect the once-legendary general, but it isn't long before that respect turns to resentment and then open hostility as Irwin continually confronts the warden on his methods. Setting out to break Irwin by whatever means necessary, the colonel's tactics only fuel Irwin's defiance and galvanize the other prisoners to rally behind the general in his new mission: to seize control of the prison and remove Winter from his command. The men imprisoned in The Castle have been told that they are no longer soldiers.. . but they are about to prove that they can still fight a war.