The Last Stop in Yuma County (2024)

The Last Stop in Yuma County (2024)

A tight Western thriller that makes good use of its limited budget

7.2

Movie

United States of America
English
Crime, Thriller
2024
FRANCIS GALLUPPI
Alex Essoe, Barbara Crampton, Connor Paolo
91 min

TLDR

Tarantino and the Coen brothers, but make it indie.

What it's about

When two on-the-run bank robbers seize a rest stop in the Arizona desert, the civilians present must play along to stay alive.

The take

Shot for only 20 days with a budget of a million dollars, The Last Stop in Yuma County is a small film, but it achieves significant feats, thanks in large part to first-time feature director Francis Galluppi’s strong vision. The set is stylish, the characters feel lived in, and the central mystery—will these robbers get away with it?—feels so taut and tense that it’s enough to fuel the entire film’s energy. There’s no need to look for backstories, motivations, or subplots; just waiting to see whether the finger will let go of the gun’s trigger, or if anyone will catch the hostage’s silent plea for help, is absorbing enough.

What stands out

I still can’t believe this is Galluppi’s strong film, such is the film’s confident style and lean, focused vision.

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