The Last Stand (2013)
Critic Consensus: There's nothing particularly distinguished about it, but for Schwarzenegger fans The Last Stand provides perfectly undemanding entertainment.
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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.
The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.
Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ...
The result is diverting enough for a low-expectations Friday night, but the ingredients were in place for something more.
Not the most iconic choice for Schwarzenegger to announce that he's back, but not one that's completely prefab, either.
Audience Reviews for The Last Stand
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.
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.
The Last Stand Quotes
|Sheriff Ray Owens:||We meet in Main Street in five; and we need as many vehicles as possible for the blockade.|
|Lewis Dinkum:||I'll drive old Henrietta here. [pats his vintage military truck]|
|Sheriff Ray Owens:||Do you have stupid names for all your shit?|
|Lewis Dinkum:||Only the shit I love!|
|Sheriff Ray Owens:||My honour is not for sale.|
|Sheriff Ray Owens:||My honor is not for sale.|
|Gabriel Cortez:||FUCK YOUR HONOUR.|
|Gabriel Cortez:||Fuck your honor.|
|Sheriff Ray Owens:||My honor is not for sale.|
|Sheriff Ray Owens:||I'm not gonna let that guy come through out town without a fight!|
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