Last Man Standing so desperately wants to be a western, but can't bring itself to follow all the way through. The second remake of the Japanese film Yojimbo from legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, which was initially remade as A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood, Last Man Standing is set in a dusty, windswept Texas city right out of a Hollywood western, yet the characters are all dressed in attire from the 1920's and carry tommy guns. It's is an unusual visual dichotomy that proves to be about the most engaging thing in Last Man Standing, a film that seems to be almost pointless, lacking any real reason to exist other than to watch characters blow other characters away.<br/><br/>John Smith (Bruce Willis) is a loner making his way through the Texas desert and stops off at the city of Jericho. Jericho is controlled by two mobster gangs, one Italian, one Irish. The two are using Jericho to funnel illegal booze from the Mexican border during prohibition. The town is more or less uninhabited, save for the gang members, the saloon keeper (Tracey Walter) and the undertaker (The saloon keeper says in one scene "Business isn't too good these days." So . . . why are you staying in this city?). John Smith finds himself stranded in the city when he looks at the Irish mobster boss' woman in bondage, Felina (Karina Lombard) and the Irish mobsters politely inform him that he shouldn't be doing that and promptly render his car unusable (He better not take her back to Chicago, they will have to wreck a lot of cars).<br/><br/>John quickly decides he can use this situation to his advantage to make money and presents himself to the Italian boss, Fredo Strozzi (Ned Eisenberg), who likes Smith, but his cousin Giorgio (Michael Imperioli, before he switched families and joined The Sopranos) doesn't trust him. Eventually, Smith manages to take a similar tack with Irish boss Doyle (David Patrick Kelley), but Smith's motives are questioned by Doyle's right hand man, the sadistic Hickey (Christopher Walken) (Apparently, henchmen don't like being muscled out by other henchmen). This all eventually leads to a whole lot of death and carnage, not to mention bad feelings on both sides.<br/><br/>Director Walter Hill has been in a Western mode for several years, having made Geronimo, Wild Bill, the pilot for HBO's Deadwood and an upcoming AMC miniseries set in the old west, and it's obvious that he is applying that same motif where he can in Last Man Standing. But since A Fistful of Dollars had already made Yojimbo into a straight western (and Yojimbo itself was an homage to American western films), Hill has to settle for an "almost" western. Aside from the look of the film, what the audience is treated to in Last Man Standing is a lot of posturing, a lot of gunplay and not much else. Hill seems to like these kinds of movies where tough guys act tough, and you don't get much tougher than blowing people away at the drop of a hat.<br/><br/>Aside from it's violence, Last Man Standing doesn't really offer anything to the viewer. There isn't any romance (as with most other Hill films, Last Man Standing is not exactly female friendly), although Smith does show his softer side on occasion, there isn't any intrigue, and even though effectively played by Willis, Smith fails to be a very compelling character to put any stock in. Aside from Willis, Imperioli and Kelley overact a bit too much, Eisenberg is okay, and Walken manages to make Hickey a despicable character, but since Smith isn't exactly our idea of a hero, can we really work up an dislike for Hickey (It doesn't help that he is "movie insane", shooting wildly at walls and throwing things around with abandon. Who really does this?).<br/><br/>So, Last Man Standing, while attractively photographed and with a nice, solid performance by Willis, is still a big "So?" Not how I envision spending two hours of my life.