The Last Stand

2013

The Last Stand

Critics Consensus

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

61%

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Total Count: 162

53%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 40,366
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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) Lionsgate

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Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Sheriff Ray Owens
Forest Whitaker
as Agent John Bannister
Johnny Knoxville
as Lewis Dinkum
Jaimie Alexander
as Sarah Torrance
Luis Guzman
as Mike Figuerola
Eduardo Noriega
as Gabriel Cortez
Rodrigo Santoro
as Frank Martinez
Zach Gilford
as Jerry Bailey
Genesis Rodriguez
as Agent Ellen Richards
Daniel Henney
as Agent Phil Hayes
John Patrick Amedori
as Agent Mitchell
Arron Shiver
as State Trooper
Chris Browning
as Pony Tail
Rio Alexander
as Faceburn
Diana Lupo
as Magnet Girl
David A. Kilde
as Van Passenger
David House
as Team Leader
Billy Blair
as Man in Orange
Kent Kirkpatrick
as Agent Korman
Donald Ambabo
as FBI Helicopter Pilot
Ross Kelly
as Vegas Check Point Cop
Elias Gallegos
as Helicopter Light OP
Kevin Wiggins
as Chief Elkins
Lois Geary
as Mrs. Salazar
Terrence Parks
as Trooper #2
Allen Padelford
as Pod Utility
Tim Booth
as Helicopter Pilot #2
Cliff Fleming
as Helicopter Pilot #3
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  • Jun 21, 2016
    Pretty entertaining film. Arnold's first film back after his stint as California's governor and he really hasn't lost a step. Good action and decent story of a drug cartel leader busting out of a prison transport and speeding toward Mexico with only Sheriff Arnold in his way. Check it out if you are bored on a rainy day.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2014
    In "The Last Stand," Ray Owens(Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a sheriff of a sleepy border town in Arizona. While he likes his job, some times it can be a little tedious, like looking after dairy farmers for example. But his training as a former DEA Agent comes in handy some times, especially in thinking there being something suspicious about two passing truckers, and not just because one of them is played by Peter Stormare. Owens is right. Danger is coming. In the person of Gabriel Cortez(Eduardo Noriega), a deadly drug lord, who has escaped federal custody with FBI Agent Ellen Richards(Genesis Rodriguez) as hostage in a souped up sports car making a run for the border. As his Hollywood directorial debut, "The Last Stand," Kim Jee-woon comes through with flying colors, with a movie that while also a lot of fun, is also remarkably thought out.(One thing though. I would love to know how Cortez gassed up along the way. Drones, maybe?) Add in Chekhov's gun theory times a thousand plus Johnny Knoxville and stir well. And while the climax is a little too CGI for my liking, the scene when Owens tries to evacuate the diner is a minor classic all by itself. And while Schwarzenegger has always been a little ridiculous even at his peak, here he fares well, in the closest he has come to a western since...wait, let's just not go there.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2014
    Arnold is great in the film, but the film itself is so so. It was great seeing Arnold in a leading role. He hasn't lost a beat. He knows how to deliver the one liners. Plus, he can still kick ass on screen. I also like that the role fit his age. I also did like the visual style of the film. The film is like a modern western. It reminded me of movies like High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma, and Copland. It also reminded me of films like S.W.A.T. and Walking Tall. The film needed a rewrite. A lot of the characters are not developed well and lack depth. The film is also predictable. The film lacks the twist and turns that it needed. Also some of the actors I felt was miscast. Eduardo Noriega, wasn't good as the villain. I felt that Rodrigo Santoro would have done a better job as the villain. Besides Arnold, Forest Whitaker and Luis Guzman do terrific supporting work here. I thought Jaimie Alexander was ok, but liked her better in Thor. Johnny Knoxville in my opinion, was copying his character from Walking Tall. Eduardo Noriega's character reminded me of Olivier Martinez's character from S.W.A.T. Overall, I would say, see it for Arnold. He is definitely back and still can deliver at his age. He just needs a better film than this.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2014
    Crammed full of more Z-Grade slapstick than a Three Stooges marathon featuring Joe Besser, Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest actioner unfortunately laughs all the way to box office bankruptcy. No stranger to dumbed down shoot-em'-ups, the one-time Governor of California has certainly seen more Commandos than Terminators throughout his career. Talk of this being his comeback, however, is purely presumptuous. It's more like a rebound from an unfortunate breakup, with our puffy out-of-breath pensioner hero disappearing for long stretches with the supporting cast doing most of the heavy lifting. Hopefully, the title isn't as prophetic as all that. He deserves a better send off. Frankly, we all do. In this R-rated actioner, the leader of a drug cartel (Eduardo Noriega) busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff (Schwarzenegger) and his inexperienced staff (Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander). With his breakthrough The Good, the Bad, The Weird, director Kim Jee-woon found a successful formula integrating knockabout comedy into blood sport. With this bloody spectacle, however, such integration proves completely miscalculated. Both the jokes and bloodshed are presented in such an over-the-top manner that the laughs and winces come in the wrong places--you laugh at the bloodshed and wince at the jokes. And how is it that Schwarzenegger's small-town sheriff came from Texas, honed his skills in LA, returned home, and STILL has an impenetrable Eastern European accent? There's been a lot of suspension of disbelief over the years with the Austrian Oak, but such a gratuitous misstep can't be explained away. Bottom line: Collateral Dammit
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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