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Movie: The Last Station
Starring: Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy and Paul Giamatti
Opened Nationwide: December 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
Stars: 1

The story of the last days of Russian author Leo Tolstoy, and the efforts of Vladimir Chertkov to remove Tolstoy's wife from Tolstoy's will and put all of the author's work into public domain.

I was really hoping that I would like this flick much more than I ended up liking it, because of how much it had been built up in my head (probably from the amount of award nominations that had been associated with it). But I ended up not enjoying it nearly as much as I thought that I would.

This isn't to say that the actors weren't good, because they were. In whatever role each one played, I thought that they all did very well (whether I was supposed to be sympathetic toward them, or hate them immensely, they had me pretty much right there). I think that it may have just been the fact that the writing wasn't as good as it might have been. It seemed to be a bit too slow overall, and didn't grab me as much as it could have been. The Young Victoria was also a period piece about real people involved in schemes, and that one caught my attention quickly and kept it through the entire film; so, this film had the possibility of keeping hold ... if only the writing had been there.

The film just dragged for too much (and didn't have enough interesting moments) for the almost two hours that you have to spend watching it, especially considering the great movie that theis could have been.

I'd say skip this one completely.
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