The Last Castle
I really liked this movie. As far as
prison movies go it was definitly up there with The Rock and Shawshank
Redemption. Generally same plot as all prison movies, Good v. Evil
but carried off very well.
Redford plays an Army General sent to a militay prison stripped
of his rank and responsibilities, but apparently still always the
true leader he soon takes charge.
The compelling actor, at least for me was the Warden of the prison.
This was played by James Gandolfini, or Tony Soprano, as most everyone
knows. Now there are a lot of levels to this character that starts
off really being in awe and admiration of his new prisoner. This
all ends with one statement that Tony takes the wrong way, and then
the game is on from there.
The thing I like about movie wardens is that they are all insecure,
but in different ways. Take Donald Sutherland, as the mean warden
of Lock Up. He was just creepy, but very insecure. Or the warden
from Shawshank Redemption, who was just a brutal man that liked
wielding power. In comparison, the warden in Green Mile was kind
of spineless, but one may attribute that to his wife dying and him
being worried. Tony's Warden is very insecure. It turns into a pissing
contest to see who is the bigger man. Tony makes the mistake that
society in general is supposed to make. That the people in charge
are more respectable than those under their care. This is untrue
in this movie's reality. In real life, who knows?
Go see it, it is a nice enjoyable movie.