Martin Monasterski, Jeffrey M. Rossman, Mario Carneiro, Kayla Kohla, Abigail Friend
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Movie Review: The Last Stop
Jake Finke (Martin Monasterski) is a man whose wife (Kayla Kohla) and daughter (Abigail Friend) disappear during a quick stop on a family road trip in the mountains. It's a mysterious case for sure, a case made even more mysterious when video footage fails to show anyone ever leaving Jake's vehicle or, for that matter, ever being in one with him. When Detective Rinaldi (Mario Carneiro) begins investigating more fully, he finds a message to contact one Dr. Shepard (Jeffrey M. Rossman) who, as luck would have it, just so happens to be nearby and has the vital info that Jake's family actually died four years earlier and until recently he was institutionalized.
Dr. Shepard reclaims his patient. Case closed.
Or maybe not.
The Last Stop is an ambitious low-budget thriller with an engaging story and enough suspense to easily keep one watching throughout the film's slight but effective 40-minute running time. There's never a moment when you'll forget that the film is an ultra-indie, however, this is one of those cases where the opportunity to check out an up-and-coming filmmaker is worth it. In this case, that's writer/director Joseph McGee and it's clear he's got some fun ideas at work here even if he's hindered by the constraints of a modest budget and everything that comes along with that.
The Last Stop's twists and turns are inventive throughout and this is definitely the type of story that would benefit from even further fleshing out. A solid thriller with a talented ensemble cast, The Last Stop is currently available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video. Check it out!
Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic