The Last Castle

Today I have a lazy day at home and I had the pleasure of watching a film called the Last Castle, starring Robert Redford.

Redford plays a highly decorated U.S. Army Lieutenant General, court martialed and sentenced for insubordination, he challenges the commandant, Colonel Winter (played by James Gandolfini), over his treatment of the prisoners. After mobilizing the inmates, Irwin leads an uprising aiming to seize control of the prison and remove Winter from command.

There are a great many lesson on leadership in this film: about boosting peoples self-respect, creating a sense of purpose, a vision, winning their hearts and minds, about finding the good in people. This is Redfords approach, which is in stark contrast to Gandolfini’s.

It’s is an interesting battle and shows how loyalty can be built through the approach taken by Redford.

I thoroughly recommend it, it’s both good entertainment and educational.