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
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.