‘The Last Stop in Yuma County’ Review: Make A Pit Stop To This Tense Thriller

Kenny Miles reviews the wonderfully tense The Last Stop in Yuma County, which delivers its thrilling plotting and dark sense of humor.

Francis Galluppi’s The Last Stop in Yuma County is a memorable and compelling journey where the unpredictable plot ventures into unknown territory as much as its characters do. That simple plot, as one person (or couple) at a time shows up at a remote gas station and diner, needing to refuel, but the gas station has run out of gas. With no other options within a 100-mile distance, they wait inside a diner. What starts as a dark comedy noir sets a different mood and builds suspense as the strangers come together, creating an atmosphere so intense that you could cut it with a knife, and appropriately, one of the characters is a knife salesman.  

What I admired about The Last Stop in Yuma County is that the characters and plot take time to develop, leading to an explosive third act and a satisfying conclusion. The movie builds toward this moment, where the real thrill and suspense unfold, making it an unnerving watch that unravels into grim chaos, misunderstandings for some and others, and lousy timing. The intensity of this act will keep you on the edge of your seat, fully immersed in the movie’s gripping narrative.

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A masterclass in suspense, The Last Stop in Yuma County, also blends unconventional humor in tense situations, such as a waitress doing mundane tasks that add even more sense of dread. The eclectic cast of characters, each with their reasons to be there, converge inside the diner, and the anticipation peaks during a captivating montage set to the classic song “Crying” by Rory Orbison. This is a bloody crime caper, influenced by the macabre dry wit of the Coen Brothers, with a little bit of James Mangold’s Identity but on its stylistic wavelength.  

The Last Stop in Yuma County uniquely balances dark and oddball quirkiness. Francis Galluppi is an emerging filmmaker, and I am excited to see what’s next in his filmography. Featuring characters with twisted motivations, the movie also injects moments of dark humor and unexpected goofiness. Galluppi’s tone blend adds depth and unpredictability to the film, making it an unforgettable viewing experience. 

The Last Stop in Yuma County is now available in select theaters and on VOD. 

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Kenny admired film criticism as a child when his mother wrote a positive review of Home Alone in his small town Arkansas newspaper and defended it against angry Letters to the Editor. Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies especially the cultural impact of a film, if something is overlooked by Hollywood, or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, specialty releases, an auteur director, a unique premise, branding, and THE much infamous "awards season." Kenny currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion working as an events marketing coordinator. He spends many Friday nights exit polling for CinemaScore (and his opinions are his own).

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