Film Review: THE LAST SCOUT (2017)

THE LAST SCOUT almost slipped right under my radar. I first heard about it when the trailer dropped a couple of days before it hit VOD, which is odd because Epic Pictures are usually very good at getting the word out concerning their releases. Until I got the email saying the trailer was out I hadn’t heard anything at all about the film, and that’s a shame because this is a well done science fiction thriller.

The film’s PR sums the plot up quite well  “2065…With Earth rendered uninhabitable by war, humanity’s remaining survivors send a fleet of ships to different points in the galaxy in the hope of finding a new world. After seven years of travel and long since out of communication range, the crew of The Pegasus are nearing their destination when they encounter a derelict ship. As tensions on board rise and they struggle to complete their mission they soon realize that they are not alone and must fight for their survival- and the survival of the human race.

Starting as a more standard space film before moving into horror territory once a Chinese ship is found, THE LAST SCOUT is a film with a lot to say about humans as a species. Thankfully avoiding the politics behind the war itself, the script concentrates on the crew’s responses to fear, loneliness, and current unrelenting stress. In some ways, it’s a more serious take on the John Carpenter’s first film, DARK STAR in that regard. I don’t think I’m giving much away when I say the derelict ship isn’t as empty as it first seems, and finding it’s occupant raises a whole different set of fears.

The cast carries the human aspect of the film quite well. Director Simon Phillips (GHENNA: WHERE DEATH LIVES) is best known as an actor and turns in a great performance as Pete, the most sympathetic member of the crew, Blaine Gray (EVIDENCE) also rises above expectations as the ship’s captain. The film’s effects are also a lot better than one would expect from a film of this budget. Apart from a ship’s bridge that looks like it came from a Tom Baker era episode of DR WHO I was very impressed. This is much better looking than the average DTV film with badly rendered CGI ships, I actually couldn’t tell if they were models or CGI.

THE LAST SCOUT is a little long at an hour and forty-seven minutes, but overall is an enjoyably dark and suspenseful film. It’s currently available as a digital download and on VOD from Epic Films.

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Author: Jim Morazzini

A horror fan since childhood, Jim loves all manner of horror, science fiction, fantasy and general exploitation. Writer of reviews, aspiring film maker, gym rat, and tattoo aficionado. Currently stranded on the Canadian prairie where there’s nothing else to do but consume horror and beer in large quantities.

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