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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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
R (for strong bloody violence throughout, and language)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Sheriff Ray Owens
Forest Whitaker
as Agent John Bannister
Johnny Knoxville
as Lewis Dinkum
Peter Stormare
as Burrell
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
Mario Moreno
as Lawyer
Kristen Rakes
as Devers
Donald Ambabo
as FBI Helicopter Pilot
Ross Kelly
as Vegas Check Point Cop
Ryan Jason Cook
as Board OP
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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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Top Critic

The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.

Full Review… | February 5, 2013
Top Critic

Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ...

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

The result is diverting enough for a low-expectations Friday night, but the ingredients were in place for something more.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Not the most iconic choice for Schwarzenegger to announce that he's back, but not one that's completely prefab, either.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Just bold enough, brutal enough, and dumb enough to feel like a return to form.

January 18, 2013
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three stars...

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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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.

Chris Weber
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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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