Hugo Weaving in the not-so-new (it debuted at TIFF in 2009) Australian movie LAST RIDE, is very nearly no fun at all. The film itself is not a lot of fun, either -- but it is a good one, well worth seeing. The child is question is a young lad who seems bright and capable and might very well make something of himself -- if nature, together with the crummy nurturing he's had up to now, doesn't get the better of him.
Glendyn Ivin -- shown at left, whose first full-length film this is -- with a screen-play adapted by Mac Gudgeon from the novel by Denise Young, the movie takes the form of a journey by the boy and his dad, across the outback of Australia, as they stay a step or two ahead of the law. Just what dad has done to incur being chased becomes clear over time, and what slowly transpires is a very difficult, sad and untimely coming-of-age tale about a boy who should never have to handle what is thrust upon him here.
Tom Russell (below, who made this movie prior The Tree, which opened here one year ago), these two performances command our attention and at least a little of our good will, especially where young Russell's character is concerned.
Greig Fraser (Bright Star, Snow White and the Huntsman). There's an amazing scene, above, shot on what looks like a vast lake that has but one inch of water covering it.
Music Box Films and not to be confused with the movie of almost the same title The Last Ride), which showed up briefly a week or two back -- opens this Friday, July 6, in New York City at the Cinema Village, while simultaneously becoming available via VOD.