Last I Heard Movie Review
Last I heard, I watched the movie Last I Heard at the Seattle International Film Festival, a drama about a former mob boss who, after being released from prison, tries to reconnect with his daughter. Never mind that she's a lesbian, and mob bosses love lesbians.
Last I Heard stars Paul Sorvino as Joe Scoleri, who doesn't quite know what to do with himself now that he's out of prison after 20 years. Cell phones? CD players? Doing stuff that doesn't involve knocking people's knees in? Sorvino delivers a strong and believable performance; he shifts between "angry old man" and "apologetic old man" well, even seamlessly, the portrayal honest and realistic. He's a man who in many ways has not only lost everything, but who is not even accustomed to the modern world.
Michael Rapaport and Renee Props are also good as Joe's neighbor and daughter, respectively.
The movie, written and directed by Dave Rodriguez, is a low key, presumably small budget affair, but it's properly paced with interesting characters and an intriguing dynamic, especially between Sorvino and Rapaport.
On the flip side, there isn't that much to the film. If you're a regular reader of my movie reviews, you know that movies, especially "small" ones that won't attract a large audience without strong word of mouth, need to be both entertaining and have a hook. Last I Heard is a good movie, but there is no reason why "you have to see this movie." It happens, it entertains, and then it will be forgotten.
That's not a slight, it's just reality. Last I Heard is well done, but that's all it is.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.