|F.T.W. (LAST RIDE) (director: Michael Karbelnikoff; screenwriter: story by Mickey Rourke & Mari Kornhauser/Mari Kornhauser; cinematographer: James L. Carter; editor: Joe D'Augustine; music: Gary Chang; cast: Mickey Rourke (Frank T. Wells), Peter Berg (Clem Stuart), Lori Singer (Scarlet Stuart), Rodney A. Grant (Bucky Miller), Frank P. Costanza (Sheriff Whitlock), John Enos (Joe Palmieri), Aaron Neville (Snake), Brion James (Sheriff Rudy Morgan); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Tom Mickel; Hallmark Entertainment; 1994)|
|"The downer thriller is a
good fit for Mickey Rourke to try out his black
cowboy hat, his western accent and do his usual
quirky characterization of an anti-establishment
by Dennis Schwartz
("Mobsters") directs from a story by Mickey Rourke
& Mari Kornhauser. It's about a hard-luck
cowboy and the wrong choices he makes, when all he
desires is live out his cowboy dream and ride free
under the beautiful country blue sky.
Former rodeo rider Frank T.
Wells (Mickey Rourke) is released from a Wyoming
prison after serving ten years for manslaughter, where
he was framed. Frank was attacked in a Cheyenne bar by
a jealous knife-attacking husband and his wife changed
her story, as a result his self-defense plea was
rebuffed. Returning to his shack in Montana, wanting
to buy a ranch and settle down, Frank goes to the
local rodeo and wins a bronco event. Near his shack,
Frank meets the troubled outlaw bank robber
on-the-run, Scarlet Stuart (Lori Singer), who was the getaway driver
in a bloody heist that saw 4 cops killed. In a motel
shoot-out with the sheriff's department, Scarlet's
over-protective psychopathic killer brother Clem
(Peter Berg) and an accomplice named Joe (John
Enos) are killed.
A jittery Scarlet escapes with the bank money, and
becomes Frank's lover. Before she was involved in a
forced incestuous relationship with her jealous
The title is derived from a
hand tattoo on Scarlet, which stands for Fuck the
World. These are the same initials as Frank T Wells,
which leads Scarlet to believe they were destined to
be together. Trouble is Scarlet chooses to help her
bronco rider boyfriend out of his economic oits by
going on armed robbery sprees of convenience stores.
The downer thriller is a
good fit for Mickey Rourke to try out his black cowboy
hat, his western accent and do his usual quirky
characterization of an anti-establishment character.
It was too static, predictable and tedious for me to
keep my eyes glued to the screen throughout, as I
preferred looking at the scenic Big Sky scenery than
at the unlikeable struggling mismatched outsider
REVIEWED ON 10/8/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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