For some reason, I've been very eager to see this movie for a while. Now that I've watched it, I think I could've held off for another few years. Rumor has it that this one's production wasn't an easy one, and the lackluster quality of the finished product seems to confirm this. Plainly, this is an overwritten action movie without a lot of action. It doesn't look as cheap as it most likely was to make, but it's still a low point in the careers of star Dolph Lundgren and director Sheldon Lettich (Only the Strong).
The story: after a massive earthquake has torn California apart, an amnesiac military captain (Lundgren) leads a gang of survivors against the hardships of their barren surroundings.
Note that my plot summary doesn't mention any specific villain or antagonism that Dolph & co. must overcome - that's because they don't really need to, at least until the movie's last half-hour. There's a bad guy who leads a dismantled prison (played by the late Juliano Mer-Khamis, Deadly Heroes) and its inmates, but even though he's introduced early on, he doesn't become a threat until the last third of the movie when he kidnaps the resident ditz of Dolph's camp (Rebecca Cross, The Bachelor). Up until then, Dolph spends his time dealing with a strange infection that causes peoples' skin to boil, finding new members to add to his camp, and getting nagged at by the thoroughly annoying Sherri Alexander (Layover). Trust me when I say that there isn't much of interest going on here. Of course, if there actually were a story worth following for most of the film, it'd be competing for prominence with Dolph's endless exposition monologues and the oversaturated cast, which includes no shortage of misfit characters whose names you won't even bother to remember and whose importance to the film is completely facetious in several cases.
A bit of action might have alleviated some of the boredom I endured while watching the film, but again, there's very little here that's actually worth watching. In the movie's first hour, the action highlight is a scene wherein the characters chase a horse. There's almost nothing between then and the next hour, after which Dolph and a few others infiltrate the prison and there's a bit of punching, shooting, and an explosion or two - again, nothing worth noting.
Another reviewer has commented that this might have been a pilot for a promising TV series, and because of the soundness of the movie's production values, I almost agree - this would have at least presented an opportunity to flesh out the characters a bit more. However, the fact that Lundgren - in the only instance in living memory - had his voice dubbed by another actor for stretches at a time seems to indicate that his attachment to this project was limited, and I doubt he would have wanted to do much more of "The Last Warrior" (then again, he needn't have been in a big hurry to do the subsequent Agent Red in my opinion). I really can't recommend this to anyone but completionists.