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The Last Stop in Yuma County (2024) — Movie Review

The world premiere of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" at the Cannes Film Festival three decades ago revolutionized cinema. Its distinctive fusion of crime, pop culture references, and baroque violence spawned a wave of imitations. One notable reflection is "The Last Stop in Yuma County," a confined-location crime thriller harking back to the heyday of Tarantino knockoffs. The film narrates a tense bank robbery misadventure while embodying the audacious, self-aware style that became Tarantino's hallmark.

Although the influence of Tarantino's works has reduced in the literal filmmaking genre, "The Last Stop in Yuma County" nostalgically breathes life into this once-dominant style. The film reveals a suspenseful setting - a gas station pit-stop in the scorching Arizona desert, serving as the backdrop to a failed bank heist. The film successfully infuses a timeless, late '70s vibe, with its playful refusal to take itself too seriously being reminiscent of Tarantino's style.

The Last Stop in Yuma County (2024) — Movie Review

Francis Galluppi, a first-time writer-director from Los Angeles, skillfully captures the anticipation and suspense of Tarantino-esque cinema right from its opening shot. A vital player is Jim Cummings, an indie actor who plays an on-edge knife salesman, who along with a pretty waitress, a pair of small-time crooks, and unsuspecting customers, ramp up the tension at the gas station.

Combining unexpected standoffs, the lure of stolen money, and an ironic use of love songs, "The Last Stop in Yuma County" turns into both a suspenseful thriller and a quasi-comic narrative. It’s a palpable throwback to Tarantino's anarchic universe, evidencing that even in a world where nothing matters, great storytelling still does.