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½ January 4, 2017
While Arnold's ability to do action has decreased over the years, his acting skills have improved at the same time. The Last Stand may not be Oscar-worthy, but its strong cast, smart directing, R-rating, intense action, and healthy dose of humor all add up to one of the most underrated action films of the 21st century.
November 21, 2016
saw it online, was a fun good movie.
October 29, 2016
Surprisingly more fun than I was expecting, it's just a pity that Arnold seems a little rusty in the acting department here. Not that he was ever a candidate for an academy award of course. Once the movie gets going it has good pace and certainly entertains. Forest Whitaker's part feels a little forced or contrived at times but he gets away with it. It's no classic but it's certainly worth a watch.
October 25, 2016
It's time to make a stand and dedicate this review to the unsung heroes of B-grade action movies. Often overlooked for their cartoon-esque violence, tongue-in-cheek humour, desperation for gore and wildly unrealistic stunts, classic action men and movies are a dying bread, or at least an aging one.

In his first post-gubernatorial leading role, the five-time Mr Universe and seven-time Mr Olympia and, nowadays sixty-five still larger-than-life superstar, Arnold Schwarzenegger manages to fill every inch of the screen.

Although his almost indecipherable one liners are less script, more career cannon, his face has been injected with enough Botox to qualify as an addition to Mount Rushmore. The "Austrian Oak" remains an immovable object and the very definition of an all- American action man.

Having seen enough "blood and death" on duty for the LAPD, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger)
resigns himself to the quiet life in the sleepy border town of Sommerton Junction.

He is called back into duty when notorious drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) takes
sexy FBI agent (Genesis Rodriguez) hostage and hurtles them towards the Mexcian border.

Cortez's fierce weaponry laden army of minions are in the process of constructing a bridge across
the narrow ravine separating Arizona and Mexico for his illegal border jump.

As the last line of defense for the whole of U.S. law enforcement, Owens' summons a motley posse; eager but inept deputies Mike Figuerola (Luis Guzm√°n), Jerry Bailey (Zach Gilford) and Sarah
Torrance (Jaimie Alexander), Sarah's former boyfriend and current jail resident Frank Martinez
(Rodrigo Santoro), and a local gun nut come pseudo-museum owner Lewis Dinkum (Jackass's Johnny Knoxville) whose treasured possessions prove to be extremely useful.

Knoxville's interspersed humour is his usual brand of fun gross out and cringe-worthy, especially when bantering with Arnie, whilst eye-candy Santoro and everyone else serve their purpose by simply coasting along.

The Verdict: From Real-Life Governor to Small-Town Sheriff, this crunching collision between
law and order hits every expected note from an enjoyable old-fashioned tune-out shoot-out.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 01/03/2013
October 17, 2016
This is a far better film than this premise deserves. In the masterful hands of Kim Jee-woon, this goes from a schlocky Schwarzenegger action movie to a witty, tongue-in-cheek, shoot-'em-up popcorn flick that you're never bored watching.
September 14, 2016
I got what I expected. Couple nice driving scenes though!
August 30, 2016
Strong violent action and Schwarzenegger joking about him being old. The movie has a nice cast and an intresting plot .But it wasn't enough for this movie to become something more.
½ August 13, 2016
I'm a sucker for ah-nold, but bias aside, it was watchable.
½ August 11, 2016
The Last Stand is a cool movie with humor and some kick-ass scenes. It may drag at times; but overall, it's a pretty enjoyable movie.
August 10, 2016
A fun, action packed, kick-ass Schwarzenegger film with lovable characters in Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville. I like the contrast between Somerstown and FBI, from old western to cold and fast-paced TV crime drama - Forest Whitaker sets the tone for this separation as much as the photography and editing.
½ August 7, 2016
It's a fun western that has a great chase scene through a corn field. Arnold did really well and the movie is great for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2016
Arnie's finally back, And with a bang a very loud bang that's not so nice on your ear drums, And on Arnie well he isn't the same as he used to be but he knows it himself and throws in a few jokes about it, The film has a good pace for the first hour with some short shootouts and some easy on the eye car stunts, The last half hour is great fun with none stop action and even though the body count only reaches to maybe 30+ which in a Arnie film is small it still makes it fun, It's what you would except from an Arnie film and I have to say one of his best, So any fans just ignore the hate and go watch it just take ear plugs.
½ July 25, 2016
I Like Good Movies, Sometimes I Like Bad Movies, But This is Kind of Decent, Not as Good as True Lies and Defently not as good as the Terminator, It's Not Tooooooo Bad and Toooooo Awful.
It Just Feels The Same.

Score: 6/10
Super Reviewer
June 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.
June 20, 2016
It‚??s not the best action movie ever, it's not the best Schwarzenegger movie ever. It's
corny, it's lowbrow, it's violent. Imagine a reboot of High Noon with a Schwarzenegger twist and you're somewhere close to what this movie is like.
½ June 13, 2016
Fun, badass, silly, and is aware of all of this.
May 18, 2016
Most of the plot is muddled and the acting hit and miss, but when The Last Stand sings, it is a pretty damn good movie. The action is well done and there are a couple of fun performances by Johnny Knoxville and Schwarzenegger, aside from that, there isn't much else this one has in it
Super Reviewer
April 2, 2016
Korean director Kim Jee-Woon's American film debut is a highly entertaining tongue-in-cheek action film. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a welcome return to the screen in a leading role, after nearly a decade away from it, after having left to serve two terms as California's Governor. Its just so good to see him again and have him back in action. Arnold at the age of 65, proves he can still stand and deliver with a extremely amusing and solid performance as Sheriff Ray Owens, who is retired LAPD officer who is now the law in the sleepy border town of Sommerton Junction, he reluctantly gets pulled in into a law-enforcement operation to catch a notorious drug kingpin named Gabriel Cortez, well-played by Eduardo Noriega that has escaped from a FBI prisoner convoy. All hell is about to break loose as Cortez is about crossed paths with Sheriff Owens en route to Mexico. This motion picture sets up the classic western showdown, as the wealthy villain comes with high-powered assets, that includes super-fast car that can outrace a helicopter and a small of army of thugs with hi-tech firepower against Sheriff Owens' and ill-equipped deputies. Arnold tweaks his own advancing age with self-referential humor, as he acknowledges his aches and pains, he also tosses off his trademark one-liners, while he fires off rounds. Astute by Jee-Woon, with fine supporting turns by a game cast that includes Peter Stormare, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Jamie Alexander, Luis Guzman, and Harry dean Stanton. The film is full of well-choreographed action sequences and bloody shootouts. But its Arnold's return that is the reason to see this film, and he makes it breezy fun, we have missed his unique brand of sly humor and sincere ass-kicking. An engaging action film of pure escapism, that is a total blast! Recommended.
½ March 28, 2016
It's hard to argue with the critic consensus on this one. Last Stand is dumb but it's a lot of fun in the process and it does a decent job of jumping from humor to action and skipping anything troubling in between.
March 23, 2016
Great comeback for Schwarzenegger with great action and plot.
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