Saturday, October 23, 2021

Every Last One of Them Review: A Missing Person That Might Need To Remain Missing

Release date: October 22, 2021
Running time: 82 minutes
Director: Christian Sesma
Writers: Alistair Cave, Matthew Thomas Edwards, Chee Keong Cheung, Christian Sesma
Cast: Paul Sloan, Jake Weber, Taryn Manning, Mike Hatton with Michael Madsen and Richard Dreyfuss

Ex-Black Ops soldier Jake Hunter (Sloan) is desperate to find his missing daughter. As Jake uncovers the terrifying truth surrounding her disappearance, he goes on a merciless quest for revenge, bringing those responsible to justice in this gripping thriller.

Every Last One of Them has a strong opening in Jake's quest to find out what happened to his daughter, and a brutal set of circumstances for him to overcome.  The film chronicles this journey and the lengths that he had to go to get the truth.  I liked the main character and some of the supporting folks and the journey that Jake went on was brutal.  It required him to confront more than he anticipated and thankfully he has the training for this.

However, Every Last One of Them has a story that is not that exciting, despite the dire consequences of what he is trying to accomplish.  And even with there being some decent action sequences, often the action feels staged with less than stellar effects.  The effects are hit or miss, with some of the later sequences being much better done than an earlier one.  And there is a gunfight that feels like it progresses in slow motion, definitely not the speed of a special forces soldier.  And through this all you have a story that is both overly complicated and too simplistic.  It has several set pieces but also has some convenient conclusions and insights from Jake that seem almost clairvoyant.  

And most of all, Every Last One of Them has a fairly generic overall structure.  There wasn't a lot to pick out that it did very well, from the setting, to the action, to the overall story.  It is not bad, just doesn't do anything very memorable.  The characters are fine, but some of the lines and delivery sound forced.  The action is serviceable, but some of the effects are off or the speed is off.  And the story provides enough interesting situations and structure, but it just doesn't excel in any respect.  Overall, this is just not a memorable film experience.

Every Last One of Them has a dire situation and a skilled protagonist, but the film's overall structure and inconsistent action make this a missing person that you don't have to find.

Pass on it.

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Every Last One of Them is available in theaters, digitally, and on demand on October 22, 2021.  For showtimes, click here.

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