The Last of Us is a 2019 horror film based on a video game, starring



The film begins by introducing Joel, a single father living in Texas with his daughter Sarah. On the night of his birthday, a sudden outbreak of a cordyceps-like infection ravages the United States, which mutates its human hosts into rabid, monstrous killers. As Joel, his brother Tommy and Sarah flee the initial chaos, Sarah is shot by a soldier and dies in Joel's arms. In the twenty years that follow, much of civilization is destroyed by the infection, with pockets of survivors living desperately in either heavily-policed quarantine zones, independent settlements or nomadic groups.

Joel now lives in a quarantine zone in Boston. He and his partner, Tess, make a living as smugglers who trade with survivors outside of the city. Following an attempt on Tess' life, they hunt down a local gangster named Robert for selling off a cache of weapons promised to them. Before he is killed, Robert reveals that he already traded the goods to the Fireflies, a group of insurgents dedicated to rebelling against the authorities governing the quarantine zones. Joel and Tess encounter the Fireflies' leader, Marlene, who offers to give double their stolen cache in exchange for smuggling a teenage girl, Ellie, to a small band of Fireflies hiding deep within the city. Joel, Tess and Ellie sneak out in the night, but after an encounter with a patrol Tess discovers an infected bite wound on Ellie's arm. Ellie claims that the wound is three weeks old (when a full infection would usually take days), leading the pair to realize that Ellie is immune. The trio fight their way to the drop off point — only to find the Fireflies they were to meet have been killed by the military, who begin to assault the building. Tess reveals herself to be bitten and makes a last stand so as to allow Joel and Ellie to escape.

Joel decides that the only way to get Ellie to the remaining Fireflies is to find Tommy, who was a former member. With the help of allies they meet along the way, they trek across the country; struggling through abandoned towns and cities teeming with infected and violent bandits. Later in the fall, Joel and Ellie finally meet Tommy in Jackson County, Colorado, who has assembled a fortified settlement near a hydroelectric dam. Tommy's wife Maria tells Ellie of Joel's past. Joel contemplates leaving Ellie with Tommy, but after repelling bandits and being confronted by Ellie about Sarah he ultimately decides to stay with her. Tommy directs them to the University of Eastern Colorado, where he last remembers the Fireflies being headquartered. There the two find the place abandoned, but learn that the Fireflies have since moved to a hospital in Salt Lake City. They are attacked by looters as they leave, who wound Joel severely during the escape.

In the midst of winter, Ellie and Joel take shelter in a house in the mountains. Joel is on the brink of death and relies on Ellie to care for him. Ellie manages to kill a large stag while hunting, but encounters a pair of scavengers, David and James, who are willing to trade medicine in exchange for the stag's meat. Ellie and David fight off swarms of infected as James returns. During the exchange, David reveals that the scavenging party Ellie and Joel killed at the university were part of his group, but nonetheless allows Ellie to leave and administer the medicine to Joel. David sends a posse to track Ellie the following morning, forcing her to lead them away from Joel and be captured. Ellie learns that David and his men are cannibals and escapes after refusing to join them, only to be cornered by David in a burning restaurant. Joel awakens from his fever and interrogates two of David's men for Ellie's whereabouts. He finds Ellie just in time to see her viciously kill David.

In the spring, Joel and Ellie arrive in Salt Lake City. They make their way through the flooded highway tunnels but are caught in the rapids, with Joel barely rescuing Ellie from drowning. A patrol of Fireflies capture them. Joel awakens in the hospital and is greeted by Marlene. She informs him that Ellie is being prepped for surgery: so as to remove her brain and study her immunity, through which they can produce a vaccine against the infection while killing her in the process. Joel escapes and battles his way to the surgery room, where he carries a comatose Ellie to the basement parking garage. There he confronts and kills Marlene to prevent the Fireflies from pursuing them. Joel lies to Ellie on the drive out of the city that the Fireflies had already tried and failed to find a cure with other immune infected. The film ends with the duo stopping on the outskirts of Tommy's settlement, with Ellie dealing with her survivor's guilt as Joel consoles her.


  • Mark Wahlberg as Joel
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Ellie
  • Ali Larter as Tess
  • Rutina Wesley as Marlene
  • Kiefer Sutherland as Tommy
  • Colin Farrell as Bill
  • Keke Palmer as Riley
  • TBA as Sam
  • TBA as Henry
  • TBA as Robert
  • TBA as Jimmy Cooper
  • TBA as Frank
  • Sienna Guillory as Maria
  • TBA as David
  • Joey King as Sarah
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