The Last Castle
Robert Redford and James Gandolfini star in this battle of wills set in a military correctional facility. Lieutenant General Eugene Irwin (Redford), a legendary military leader, ends his career not with retirement, but a court-martial and a 10-year sentence in a military correctional facility. Colonel Winter (Gandolfini), the facility commander, determines to treat Irwin like any other prisoner. But Winter is torn between admiration and envy of the general’s war record. Irwin survived a POW camp in Vietnam but can he survive the punishments handed out by Winter? This classic battle of wills becomes a patriotic inspiration for audiences.
The clash between Winter and Irwin hinges on differing views of people. Winter looks at prisoners’ records and sees the worst they can be. Irwin looks at the prisoners and inspires them to be their best, recalling the pride they had a soldiers. Although he sheds his rank as a prisoner, Irwin demonstrates that leadership is not based on rank but earned by action. When he sees Winter’s abuse of power, Irwin determines to capture the “castle.” Using medieval weapons and tactics, he leads the prisoners in a revolt, not to escape, but to remove Winter from command. Unfortunately, this inspiring story features many obscenities and crude terms. Although much of the violence is not lethal, graphic injuries are shown. Without the foul language, THE LAST CASTLE could be a positive experience for older teens and adults.