This review was originally published during September’s FIN: International Film Festival, and is being republished for the film’s January 24, 2020 theatrical release.
This story about a number of Vietnam War veterans’ quest to get the Medal of Honour for a deceased medic who displayed valour and heroism is one of the most moving films of the year.
The Last Full Measure hearkens back to a time when performances were key in film, special effects didn’t make an action movie great, and films were supposed to make you feel, not just dazzle you with explosions.
This movie has six Oscar nominees, War Horse star Jeremy Irvine, cult favourite John Savage, and the Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan. They disappear into their roles, and you feel every single emotion.
Samuel L. Jackson, William Hurt, the late Peter Fonda, Ed Harris, Diane Ladd and Christopher Plummer are all fantastic, and Irvine proves he’s capable of far more than the roles he’s been given.
Stan, who sets out on a mission to interview veterans and make the three-decades old case for Air Force medic Pitts, is wonderful here, and holds his own against screen greats.
This is a movie where some of the best actors of the generation chew the scenery and it’s thrilling and interesting. It’s clear director Todd Robinson and all involved have a deep love for our veterans, and it shines through in every splendid frame.
The Last Full Measure is the best movie this year that no one is talking about, and that’s a shame. It’s destined to become a classic on digital.