|The Last Chapter
is a Canadian-made miniseries that originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC) TV network -- the first six episodes in 2002 and the final six episodes
in 2003. Michael Ironside stars as Bob Durelle, a member of the Devils Riders
motorcycle gang, a small group that controls the illegal drug trade in Ontario.
|Starring: Michael Ironside, Roy Dupuis, Marina Orsini, Dan Bigras,
Directed by: Richard
|Original Broadcast Date: 2002-2003
DVD Release: 2005
Released by: BFS Video
Durelle has bigger ambitions, and when the rival
Canada-wide Triple Sixers motorcycle gang wants to expand operations into Ontario, Durelle
wants to join them rather than have the Devils Riders fight them. When a major
international drug lord comes to Montreal, Durelle sees an opportunity to gain favor with
the Triple Sixers and kills him. With that hit, the Triple Sixers make him the head of the
Ontario chapter. As with any merger, some members are opposed to it. The main opposition
to the merger is Durelles best friend, Ross Desbiens (Roy Dupuis). Durelle keeps his
buddy in check by leaving control of the drug trade in certain areas of Ontario with the
Devils Riders. This doesnt please his new friends with the Triple Sixers.
Throughout the series, we see loyalties change, friends become enemies, and gang members
killed as Durelle loses control.
The story is essentially about the relationship between
Durelle and Desbiens; Ironside and Dupuis are strong in their roles. However, I think the
strongest acting performance is by Michel Forget in the role of Bill Guenette, a police
officer whos an expert on Canadas motorcycle gangs. His performance is subtle
yet convincing as Guenette tries to keep the biker gangs in check. Another great
performance is by Dan Bigras as Roots, the head of the Triple Sixers in the province of
Quebec. Bigras plays Roots as a loose cannon who doesnt trust Bob Durelle from the
The soundtrack is disappointing, recorded in Dolby 2.0
only. With only two channels, I had to rely on my receivers Dolby Pro Logic
circuitry and tweak the levels so that I could understand the dialogue, which can be
difficult to follow at times. Except when the characters speak French, there arent
any subtitles to help follow the dialogue. The music on the soundtrack is well recorded,
The video transfer is also disappointing. It is letterboxed
widescreen as opposed to anamorphic widescreen, which results in fewer lines of
resolution. I dont notice any loss of quality on my 32" CRT TV, but on my front
projector, the lack of resolution results in a soft picture.
The extras on The Last Chapter DVD are scattered
throughout all four discs. They consist of a "making of" featurette, cast and
crew biographies, and deleted scenes. The deleted scenes are well worth watching because
they round out the plot.
Although lacking the slick production values of an
American-made series, The Last Chapter is worth watching for the engrossing story
development and rich characters.