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We're not exactly looking at a tower of power here, but The Last Castle's a nice place to visit (at least on the silver screen). Robert Redford--back behind bars for the first time since his inspiring 1980 turn in Brubaker--is a decorated general thrown into the military big house. He immediately learns that the huffing warden, Colonel James Gandolfini, likes to play soldier with his inmates.
And if some get killed because of it, no big deal, right? So, the aging hunk devises a plan to rock the jailhouse, helping needy Mark Ruffalo and Clifton Colins Jr. rediscover pride and dignity along the way (and stand out in some of their best roles yet). Even if a heavy slathering of Hollywood patriotism in the end threatens to flatten the Castle, respectable performances from all inmates and evildoers make this time in lockdown bearable.