The Last Saint

2014

Action / Crime

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IMDb Rating 5.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by smoothcrew 9

I finally got to see this last night, on the big screen, ahead of some festival screenings. Gritty, intense and emotional, The Last Saint is a coming-of-age story set in New Zealand's criminal underworld, and it delivers an emotional punch that will stay with you for days. It tells the story of Polynesian teen Minka's (Koale) attempts to support his meth-addicted mother (Vaele). As a last resort he turns to his departed father, Joe (Tuteao), for help. Joe is a strip-club owner and drug dealer who gets his son a job with the a paranoid, psychotic drug dealer named Pinball, played by Joe Naufahu (the director's brother). Pinball is always amped and completely nuts, and a great antidote to the 'anti- hero/cool' drug dealers often portrayed in movies (even those who eventually get their comeuppance). In almost every scene he is shirtless and ripped, pumped and bopping to some hardcore EDM. The diverse soundtrack (not all EDM) is actually a positive feature of the movie, it drives the film, without falling into the trap of 'montage'.

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Reviewed by theredhairedcrow 8

Minka lives in a home where his mother obviously loves him, but who suffers from emotional and mental disorders due to PTSD and intergenerational trauma. She has long attempted to self-medicate through substance abuse, triggering episodes where she terrorized and abused her son leaving him traumatized as well. Like many children in such homes, however, he is deeply devoted to her, serving as a keeper, a parent, his childhood lost through having to take care of both her and himself, a lonely existence.<br/><br/>When his long absent father Joe returns offering him work, his mother having used all their funds on drugs, Minka accepts, not knowing what it really involves. Soon, the reality of the &#39;requirements&#39; hits hard, leaving Minka between the proverbial &#39;rock and a hard place&#39;. While he might gain a sense of belonging through the gang and attempts at &#39;normalizing the family, the &#39;live skills&#39; Joe attempts to teach him and the casual, terrible violence and aggression often involved makes him question where will it all end. When tragedy occurs, Minka finds the answer for himself.<br/><br/>An emotional, intense &quot;coming of age&quot; drama that pointedly looks into the complexities and complications of life as a minority, but which anyone might suffer: that even as a youth, you are more often required to make brutal adult choices when all you want is a life like anyone else. A movie about the substitutions one makes when basic life needs are absent: the freedom to have a childhood, a nurturing home and regard as a human being simply wanting to belong and be loved.<br/><br/>The film was very hard to watch at times because it brought up memories of growing up, of seeing people and places like this, so it is authentic in that, and brilliantly acted by young Beulah Koale.

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Reviewed by kosmasp 7

Don&#39;t expect this to not be violent, because of its title. It might be a bit misleading if you read too much into it. But what it is, is an action thriller (Drama), that packs a punch. For a low budget movie this is more than decent. It might take a couple of things on and therefor lose some of its audience/viewers, being too unfocused for them, but you can&#39;t blame it for setting its goals too low.<br/><br/>It also achieves being suspenseful. This only works if you get a feeling for our main character, which I think is really possible, with the structure of the movie and the acting in it. The human side of it, is what holds this above water and makes it more than just another independent movie. It almost feels like a personal story (dealing with family issues and all, apart from finally stepping into adulthood and &quot;grow up&quot;) ...

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