While Last Days succeeds as a nature documentary, Van Sant fails to penetrate human nature. The result is a portrait without a face. show more
Mr. Van Sant and his star, Michael Pitt, together with the cinematographer Harris Savides, set out to do a somber, rigorously distanced study of a man drained of all resources, and slowly though inexorably approaching his end. That they have done exactly what they meant to do is notable.
Yet music, the one thing that might have given the film some kick, is de-emphasized, with only two songs sneaking into the picture. show more