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The Last Stand (2013)

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60

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 61

There's nothing particularly distinguished about it, but for Schwarzenegger fans The Last Stand provides perfectly undemanding entertainment.

41

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 20

There's nothing particularly distinguished about it, but for Schwarzenegger fans The Last Stand provides perfectly undemanding entertainment.

audience

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liked it
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 38,871

My Rating

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After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. (c)

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Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

May 21, 2013

$12.0M

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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (61) | DVD (1)

The weaponry is so ridiculously bountiful that the movie must be a defense against something. But it's just another lousy action movie. And for more than an hour, it's less than that.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
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The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ...

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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The result is diverting enough for a low-expectations Friday night, but the ingredients were in place for something more.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Not the most iconic choice for Schwarzenegger to announce that he's back, but not one that's completely prefab, either.

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) handles the action sequences effectively if not spectacularly, though The Last Stand could have dispensed with the occasional attempts at sobriety and cut straight to the chase (or chases).

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Christmas morning. Tiny puppies licking my face. A plate of crispy bacon. The embrace of a loved one. The last forty-five minutes of The Last Stand.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

There are echoes here of Howard Hawks' classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo, in which John Wayne played a similarly beleaguered sheriff trying to prevent a jailbreak with the aid of a bunch of misfits.

June 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A throwback action movie that invokes 1980s nostalgia in all the right ways.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: MLive.com
MLive.com

The Last Stand is a fast-paced, action-heavy throwback, shot with a fluid visual eye by Kim Jee-Woon. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and better than ever.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

As action movies go, it's okay. There are some good ideas underneath and an attempt develop them, but only an attempt. And though time has moved on, Schwarzenegger himself hasn't. As a hero's triumphal return goes, it's more of a whimper.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

This is the kind of action film you've seen before done better, and while the technological aspects may be more polished than most, the theatrical experience still feels considerably small-screen.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Arnie lurches through the film with a kind of defiant dignity, his signature mixture of self-effacing humour and good ol' tough talk allowing us to buy into the kind of big-screen hero he made us fall in love with all those decades ago.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) knows how to fill up the screen, surround his megastar with economy-sized murders, car chases, billowing blood-clouds and goofiness.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

The film, though underdeveloped, is rife with big guns, flippant one-liners, improbable battles, high-octane car chases and way too much testosterone - all the hallmarks of a classic Schwarzenegger film.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Schwarzenegger, now 65, hasn't lost his one amazing gift for being a movie's worst actor and best asset

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Crikey

...it's refreshing to watch a film that wants to be nothing more than a blood-soaked accompaniment to beer and pizza.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

The gimmick of Schwarzenegger's return to cinema wears off quickly. A bland bullet riddled excuse for an action flick.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

The Last Stand sees bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the big screen following an eight-year term as Governor of California, because that is the reality we now occupy... A fun, dumb, enjoyable, dumb, mostly well performed, super dumb film.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Mindless, dumb fun as Arnie grunts a few one liners and tries to terminate an escaped drug lord who's in a fast car and heading for freedom.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Resembling more the 'Austrian Oak' with each passing year, Arnold Schwarzenegger still manages to make a big, bloody fist of the archetypal action-hero in Kim Jee-woon's The Last Stand.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

Sensational action, bloody violence, goofy humour and Arnie as the small town Sheriff - it's all there, and the larger than life 65 year old Austrian superstar continues to fill every inch of the screen

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Despite some graphic violence and even though it is really silly, this is an entertaining action film showing that Arnold Schwartzenegger has not lost any of his charm.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Surely the former governor of the state could have come across a better script for his return to the big screen in a starring role.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Last Stand

t was all going so well! I was ready to give it a 'Fun' 3 star rating but I just can't. The cast is impressive with firm favorites; Peter Stormare, Forest Whitaker,Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman and Harry Dean Stanton in supporting roles, Arnie 'Back' like he said he'd be and what I thought would be the comedy element from Johnny Knoxville, thought you couldn't go wrong. Problem is that it started serious and then went over the top silly. I'm not asking for it to be sensible in the slightest but the misguided comedy was too much and towards the end of the film I was bored. Johnny Knoxville actually went a long way in ruining it for me. Arnie could do with a few acting refresher courses too! Seen it all before done better.
January 15, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

three stars...
September 30, 2013
YodaMasterJedi
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Not only did the mark the U.S. feature directorial debut for Suth Korean director Kim Ji-Woon, but it also represented the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a leading role in about a decade.

Schwarzenegger stars as Ray Owens- a former LAPD narcotics officer turned sheriff of a small Arizona border town who, along with his small department of deputies, are forced to defend their territory after a high profile criminal on the run plans to cross into Mexico by way of their sleepy little hamlet.

The film borrows a lot from old westerns as well as the octane action romps from the 80s and 90s that made Schwarzenegger's career, with the result being a pretty entertaining time. Yeah, it's not really that great of a movie, and really doesn't offer anything new, but it is quite fun and enjoyable.

Arnold is showing his age, and the film makes cracks about it, but I think he fits the part moderately well, Granted, there are few roles that Schwarzenegger is truly believable in, but he's fine enough here. I can buy that he's a guy who went through some stuff, and wants to spend his latter years doing something far less exciting, but come on! Ray Owens? Considering that the character makes a comment about being an immigrant, he needs a less All-American sounding name.

We get some decent and thankfully not overbearing comic relief from Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville, like a lot of films, fails to give the females roles that are juicy, or substantial for the most part. At least Jaimie Alexander tries to give it her all, though. Also, the film really wastes the talents of Forest Whitaker, and that's not cool, either. It also doesn't help that the lead villain isn't nearly as interesting as his primary henchman, who is played to scenery chewing perfection by Peter Stormare.

There's tons of explosive stunts and set pieces, and they're done well, despite the implausibility of some of them (Arizona has cornfields?), and the use of a little too much CGI blood at times. There's also some legitimate attempts at building suspense, mystery, and intrigue, and that made me happy, and showed they tried to do a little with the concept instead of just coasting by on the drawing power of the leading man.

Overall, I liked this. I've got a few gripes, and I'm probably giving it a tad more credit and appreciation than it deserves, but I don't care. It's a gloriously fun return for an action icon, and that's all I was really hoping for.
July 10, 2013
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Very much in the tradition of a 1980's Arnold action flick. Not great, but definitely enjoyable enough. Johnny Knoxville was a hoot! Don't watch this if you consider yourself a critic. This movie is for fun seekers only...and Arnold fans, like us.
June 27, 2013
itsjustme2004

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    1. Sheriff Ray Owens: My honor is not for sale.
    2. Gabriel Cortez: Fuck your honor.
    – Submitted by Carlo R (11 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Ray Owens: My honor is not for sale.
    – Submitted by Nick K (14 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Ray Owens: I'm not gonna let that guy come through out town without a fight!
    – Submitted by Jed G (18 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Ray Owens: Do you give stupid names to all your shit?
    – Submitted by Rick O (19 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Ray Owens: We are not going to let that guy come through our town without a fight.
    – Submitted by Maher J (20 months ago)
    1. Mayor: Why the hell happened to my car, Ray?
    2. Sheriff Ray Owens: Next time don't park in the fire zone.
    – Submitted by Dan E (20 months ago)
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