Nightmarish Detour Movie Review: THE LAST HEIST (2016)

“The Last Heist” is the latest film from director Mike Mendez that centers on a robbery gone wrong.  The film stars Henry Rollins (He Never Died), Torrance Coombs (“Reign”), Victoria Pratt (June), Mykel Shannon Jenkins (The Gods), and Kristina Klebe (Killer Mermaid).  The film centers around a group of misfit criminals who concoct a plan to rob a soon-to-be-closing bank.  Unbeknownst to them, one of the hostages turns out to be the infamous “Window Killer” played by the always enigmatic Henry Rollins, who takes the eyes of victims as trophies.

To be blunt, this film is not great.  I’m not saying this to be mean but because I don’t believe the director, Mike Mendez, was given the chance to really convey his vision.  My biggest complaint about the movie was with the gang of robbers.  From the beginning I had a hard time believing that these individuals were competent criminals and it almost felt as though they met each other that day and decided it would be fun to rob a bank.  However, not all hope was lost as as there were a few breakout performances.  Henry Rollins as an unhinged psychopath was spot on as he showed little if any emotions other than absolute pleasure over the torture of his subjects.  He’s a large man with a demanding personality and because of that he was able to entertain and horrify me every time he was on screen, which unfortunately, was not for long.  The other person who really caught my attention was Faye Dewitt who played the grandmotherly Mrs. Waxman.  I don’t know why I loved her character so much but what I do know is that I couldn’t stop laughing every time she opened her mouth; she truly is the smack-talking grandma we all need in our lives.

Overall, there really isn’t much else that needs to be said about “The Last Heist.”  One of the downfalls of the film was that there were too many stories competing for the top spot.  You had your gang of criminals staging a bank robbery, a psychopathic serial killer, brotherly turmoil, cops hot on the trail, and yes, even a drug cartel.  If there hadn’t been so much going and more of a focus on what the film was truly trying to convey, I think the outcome would have been different.  I didn’t downright hate the film, as there were a few performances that I truly did enjoy, but the overall feeling I was left with was confusion and disappointment.  If I had to take away one thing from “The Last Heist” it would be to never, ever, under any circumstances, try to fight Henry Rollins.  He will kill you and take your eyes for his prize.

Shannon McGrew
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