Sean Penn

Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem can't resuscitate director Sean Penn's grim romantic drama 'The Last Face'

Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem can't resuscitate director Sean Penn's grim romantic drama 'The Last Face'

There’s a big, fat romantic wartime drama desperate to bust through the bloodshed, anguish and proselytizing that overwhelm director Sean Penn’s grimly earnest, wannabe epic “The Last Face.” But its capable, charismatic stars, Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, can do only so much to keep us invested.

In 2003, physician and activist Wren (Theron) meets and falls for sexy relief-aid doctor Miguel (Bardem) amid the triage tents of war-torn Liberia. (The film was shot in South Africa.)

But love, as people are bleeding or dying all around you, is no cakewalk. Wren’s daddy (and maybe mommy) issues, Miguel’s player past, and Wren and Miguel’s conflicting impulses about...

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