45.1 F
New York City
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Home Film - Arts Review Last Rampage - Film Review

Last Rampage – Film Review

Last Rampage – Film Review

Opening In Theaters And On Demand / Digital HD, Friday, September 22, 2017

Based upon the nonfiction work, ‘LAST RAMPAGE The Escape of Gary Tison’ by James W. Clarke is the disturbing tale of Tison’s murderous charge after breaking out of Arizona State Prison with the help of his three sons; Rick, 18, Raymond, about 19, and Donald, 22.

Tison and fellow escapee, Randy Greenawalt, had been serving life sentences for first degree murder. The two had been brought out from their cells for visits when Tison’s sons had shown up with revolvers and sawed-off shotguns, thus freeing the two without a shot being fired. It’d be assumed that they’d gotten some inside-help. As for how they were able to bring in that sort of firepower, a little bit of research reveals how informal picnics were allowed for family visits, thus the boys took advantage of that by bringing along the ice chest in which the arms were hidden.

In the ensuing death spree that would last days, the group then travel with the supposed goal of reaching Mexico for safety away from the authorities. Tison and Greenawalt would end up killing Marine Sgt. John Lyons, his wife, Donnelda, their 22-month-old infant and Lyon’s 15 year old niece; as well as, in a separate occurrence, newlyweds James and Margene Judge. In each instance they would have done so for the sake of stealing the victims’ vehicles.

The group would finally encounter the hands of justice after plunging through a roadblock. Driving the vehicle and dying at the scene, due to gunshot wounds, would be Donald Tison. The rest would be captured and later executed, except for Gary Tison who escapes into the desert, leading officials on a massive manhunt. His body would be found within a couple of days, presumably dead from exposure to the elements sans water or food.

So, there you have it, the story, as close to fitting inside a nutshell as it could possibly be. As for the film?

‘Last Rampage’ is a powerful retelling that doesn’t let up from the beginning moments of the film to near the very end. One is caught up in this world of evil which appears to go hand in hand with Tison’s mindset; filled with a total disregard for life and humanity. It’s a work that doesn’t pull punches and depicts the monstrously wicked acts as coldly as, one can only imagine, they were carried out. This work is as raw as they come and emotions of the positive kind have no place within; and that would be a good thing considering the subject matter.

The film stars Heather Graham, Bruce Davison, Chris Browning and Robert Patrick, whom we’ve a great deal to thank for his portrayal of Gary Tison. Honestly, everyone involved did a fine job of carrying out their roles nary the slightest false note. Kudos to the involved filmmakers for doing such a fine job.

Below, is a quick image gallery of stills from the film.

You can view the trailer here…

If you’d like pursue some further reading then please consider the following:

MAKING A RUN FOR IT, book review :: New York Times

SUPREME COURT ROUNDUP; JUSTICES SEEM TO WIDEN DEATH PENALTY :: New York Times

Armed Visitors Help 2 Murderers Flee From Arizona State Prison :: New York Times

Greenawalt executed for murders :: Tucson Citizen

Pure Evil: The True Story of the Tison Gang :: azcentral

Directed by and Co-written by

Dwight H. Little

Co-written by

Álvaro Rodríguez

- Advertisment -

Upcoming Events

Asia Week New York 2020 – Press Release

Asia Week New York Steps into the New Decade with Eye-Alluring Curated Exhibitions Representing All Corners of Asia March 12 to 19, 2020 New York: For...

2020 NYC Winter Wine Festival: Hundreds of Wines

2020 NYC Winter Wine Festival: Hundreds of Wines Saturday, March 7, 2020 Webster Hall Purchase Your Tickets Here… After a frosty winter in New York, who wouldn't want...

Clio Art Fair 2020

Clio Art Fair 2020 The Anti-Fair for Independent Artists March 5 – 8, 2020 550 West 29th street New York NY 10001 Visit as well the official site here... Understanding...

Purim Carnival

Purim Carnival Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:00 - 3:30 pm Commonpoint Queens Central Queens 67-09 108th Street Forest Hills NY 11375 We’re excited to be kicking winter to the...

Queens Borough Presidential Candidate Forum

Queens Borough Presidential Candidate Forum March 4, 2020 Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center 58-20 Little Neck Parkway Little Neck NY 11362 As one of the largest human-service organizations...

Salon Performance Series – March Edition

Salon Performance Series - March Edition March 5, 2020 Mark DeGarmo Dance Studio Theater 310 Mark DeGarmo Dance presents the March 2020 edition of its annual, transcultural...

RISK! Live

RISK! Live February 27, 2020 RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public,...

New York Flute Fair 2020

New York Flute Fair 2020 Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30 am-7:00 pm W83 Ministry Center 150 West 83rd Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues) Visit as well the official...

The Art Show 2020 New York – Art Dealers Association of America’s Annual Fair

Nation’s Leading Art Dealers Come Together in New York for The Art Show The Art Show 2020 February 27–March 1, 2020 Visit the official site here... Thursday, February...

About

Help for Those in Need