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Last Days (2005)



Critic Consensus: While the minimalist style is not for all viewers, those who prefer experimentalism will find Last Days hypnotic.

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Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake -- his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective -- but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the greenhouse, Blake will look and listen -- and seek release.

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Ricky Jay
as Detective
Ryan Orion
as Donovan
Harmony Korine
as Guy In Club
The Hermitt
as Band In Club
Kim Gordon
as Record Executive
Adam Friberg
as Elder Friberg No. 1
Andy Friberg
as Elder Friberg No. 2
Thadeus A. Thomas
as Yellow Book Salesman
Chip Marks
as Tree Trimmer
Kurt Loder
as TV Voiceover
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Critic Reviews for Last Days

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (47)

Van Sant brings a lyricism, a dreamy sensibility that infuses his detachment with sympathy. Last Days, which is informed by the suicide of Kurt Cobain, is a hauntingly beautiful tone poem.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Last Days is a strange creature: it's an extremely abbreviated biopic with zero details, a tribute to a man and his music without a trace of his songs, a tragedy without an arc, etc. It's also dynamite artistry.

November 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Van Sant's refusal to delve into his subject in anything but an abstract way renders the movie pointless and frustrating -- a lyrical, lovely tone poem, signifying little.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

A beguiling work of some beauty, this is a further move into a world of hypnotic, observational cinema for Gus Van Sant.

September 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While undeniably beautiful, it carries little more than the obvious voyeuristic appeal.

August 30, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's unclear if Van Sant intends to inspire guilt; here, as elsewhere, he is exasperatingly abstruse. And in this striving to not say too much, he ends up not saying much of anything at all.

August 14, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Days

If Van Sant's intention was to depict Kurt Cobain's last days as tedious and devoid of meaning as possible, he surely achieved what he wanted, but his biggest presumption was to believe that the viewers would fall for this insufferably boring, self-indulgent joke.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This is the final film in Gus Van Sant's so-called "death trilogy", and it's a tough one to sit through. But that could be said about several of his films, so I'm not sure why I'm stating it. Maybe as a disclaimer or something. This is basically a non-narrative, minimalist (plot, dialogue) piece about a burned out, lonely, and mentally isolated rock musician named Blake, and the last few days he spends alive before dying in a very ambiguous manner. The film is only very loosely based upon/inspired by Kurt Cobain, and what his last few days very may have been like. The pacing of this film is extremely slow, and very deliberate, Having a slow pace makes the film seem far longer than 96 minutes and a chore to sit through, and while that is true, it is also a good thing. The audience is forced to sit through the wandering, dull, random and basically pointless activities like laying around, walking around, mumbling to oneself, and doing nothing really in particular. This is a tedious film that's not for everyone, but it was purposefully made this way. It's an indie/arthouse film, not a Michael Bay blockbuster. It's hard to relate to Blake personally, but not his experience and the pain, loneliness, despair he feels. I applaud Van Sant for being bold enough to make this kind of movie just for the sake of making it. For me, the best parts come from the technical end (directing, editing, acting, camera work and music). This is not really that fun or pleasant an experience, but it's one that should be experienced at least once.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Van Sant's meditation loosely based on the last days of Kurt Cobain is captivating though in the end there is not much there.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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