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20th century cowboy killers
on 17 May 2016
Hugely entertaining and stylish; this latter-day western might've been filmed 20 years ago but it's still a really enjoyable romp.
Both Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken turn in their typical, quirky, charismatic performances in a film which aims a little higher than the average shoot 'em up. Set in prohibition-era West Texas, Last Man Standing has the atmosphere of pulp fiction gumshoe hardboiled noir - and the sardonic, stylised voice-over to match. It blends tommy guns and gangster action with all the cliches of a traditional western, from the corrupt sheriff to the hooker with a heart, to the damsel in distress, to the run-down shanty town with its whiskey-soaked low-lives, dusty sidewalks, a well-equipped undertaker and tumbleweeds blowing by.
Last Man Standing neatly nods to every tradition without over-stepping the mark into pastiche or comedy. It delivers action and performances which feel fresh today. And Walken was perfectly cast as the shark-eyed psycho killer...