LAST ASSASSINS is a generic title for a generic film, originally titled DUSTING CLIFF 7 about a spy who rebels against the meglomaniacal plans of her boss.
Anna Bishop (Nancy Allen) has been raised to work as a professional assassin by shadowy government operative Roger McBride (Lance Henriksen). Having learned that McBride's agenda is his own and not that of the United States, she has split with him. Because she has top-secret papers stolen from
the Joint Chiefs of Staff which McBride needs, he kills her mother and kidnaps her young daughter Carrie (Ashley Buccille) to force her to return them. They agree to meet in 36 hours at a location in the desert of the Southwest for the exchange.
Anna arrives early to try to secure a strategic advantage, assuming that McBride and his men will try to kill her. She is helped by Mitch Stevens (Dean Scofield), a charter pilot familiar with the area: he says his father was killed by chemical contamination there. Examining an abandoned
government building and the papers McBride wants, she determines that she is at a storage site for both dangerous chemicals and nuclear fuel. McBride plans to arm his own fleet of nuclear warheads to restore order to a world he feels has grown lawless. With explosives she finds there, Anna rigs
the site so that everything will be irretrievably buried. In a showdown, Anna, aided by Mitch and his Native American friends Bob (Floyd Red Crow Westerman) and Louis (Zahn McClarnon), saves Carrie, bests McBride and his men, and seals off the dangerous materials forever.
If the above plot synopsis reads like a rough story sketch, well, that's how LAST ASSASSINS plays. Only a few action set pieces justify this film's existence--one in the beginning, as Anna is chased by two other assassins; another at the end, as the various forces chase each other through the
underground tunnels of the abandoned desert installation. It's not that either sequence is all that exciting, but at least there's something cinematic happening. The rest of the film barely even rises to the level of a first draft. There's a little talk about Anna's life as a "La Femme Nikita"
type, a little conversational bonding between Anna and Mitch, and some nonsensical Native American mysticism that even Oliver Stone would wince at. None of this does anything besides kill time in the most obvious way. The closest thing LAST ASSASSINS dredges up in the way of entertainment is
Henriksen's depiction of a mad would-be dictator, but that's hardly an excuse to sit through the film. (Violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: R
- Review: LAST ASSASSINS is a generic title for a generic film, originally titled DUSTING CLIFF 7 about a spy who rebels against the meglomaniacal plans of her boss. Anna Bishop (Nancy Allen) has been raised to work as a professional assassin by shadowy government… (more)