The Last Minute (2001)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Buzz McClain

The storyline of Last Minute is what happens, but it's not by any means what this film is about. Writer-director Steven Norrington (Blade) brings a phenomenal amount of action to a dangerously literate script with this one-of-a-kind combination of Trainspotting and Blue Velvet. The film employs a vivid visual style -- not unlike that of Terry Gilliam's wondrous excesses -- and sly, off-kilter dialogue with David Lynch-ian overtones. Max Beesley gives a star-making performance as a pop icon descending into personal Hell, but Jason Isaacs' mobster, who sings Percy Sledge love ballads during his violent, bloody sprees, and the other secondary characters are equally unforgettable. Music by electronic bands, including Aphex Twin, adds power to the visuals. And yes, there is a message amid the madness. Pay attention.