The Last Stand Reviews
It Just Feels The Same.
My Score Opinion: 71/100
The film has a good introduction and everything is well filmed, there are some really good shots in this film, one in particular, that a lot of people have singled out, is when some people are zip-lining down to another building and then it curves around to follow some cares, it's all very fluid and very well directed. I liked how the story developed and all of the characters struck out and were memorable in some way, the cast is good as well, Johnny Knoxville isn't in it as much as you'd expect from the trailers and posters, but he leaves his mark. You know how the two plot lines will link but when it switches to Whitaker's character for a little bit it is almost like you're watching another film and it's visually distinctive as well with the blue and grey of John department and the red and oranges of the land where Ray is. I think with a rewrite that whole plot line could have been taken out and streamlined a little as that character disappears for quite a noticeable amount nearing the film's end but then again it wouldn't have given us some very well executed car chases. The car chase scene at the end was especially good because it simulated two predators going after each other in the wild and was visually interesting.
The film is also quite funny, I remember seeing the 'old' line in the trailer and thinking that was a nice little bit filmed for a trailer but the film's comedy was actually well done, the scene where Ray tries to warn everyone being a very bizarre highlight and make sure not to mess with granny! That 'old' line is very important though, while it can be seen as a funny little line, Arnold's character in this is very different from the characters of his past, his character is vulnerable and does get injured quite a lot and coupled with Arnold's acting he really sells it and you care for him. The action in this film is really, really well done, like the rest of the film it is fluid and you can see everything clearly and the blood effects were really satisfying, it was built up quite a bit and when it happened it was fun to watch. Arnold is still very physical and that backdrop move was pretty awesome as were his one-liners, being deputised is a real thing but when it comes out of Arnold's mouth, it takes on a whole new meaning.
Arnold's leading man comeback was a hell of a lot of fun to watch, even if it oddly didn't do so well in the box office. It was well acted, fast paced, well filmed and was carefully directed and was just an all around satisfying film to watch. Welcome back, Arnie.