Release Date: January 18, 2013
Review Date: January 23, 2013
Director: Jee-Woon Kim
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville
The Filmster Rating:
A major Mexican Cartel boss escapes from the FBI and rides away in a custom Corvette that goes up to 200 mph. The cartel boss is heading for Mexico but he must cross through a small town called Summerton Junction, where he has his gang building a bridge to crossover to Mexico. Agent John Bannister(Forest Whitaker) is unable to stop the escaped fugitive but he catches a break and receives unwanted help from the small town sheriff Ray Owens(Arnold Schwarzenegger). The sheriff pulls together his rag-tag of deputies and sets up for the last stand to stop the cartel boss from crossing to Mexico.
I must admit going in to this film I thought it was going to be a cheesy action flick, and to my surprise I was wrong. The best aspect of this film that I liked was the fact that they didn’t put in any over the top cheesy one liners that acknowledges Arnold’s films through his career, but instead they keep it subtle for the true fans to figure out. Arnold does a great job playing the “over the hill” sheriff showing off his nice, charming and tough side for the role. These are the type of roles that he can definitely keep doing in his age and still be effective. The film has some pretty good action sequences and they keep the violence pretty fair except for a couple of scenes. For the rest of the cast, you don’t get any great performances but for the most part they were solid. Other than Arnold, Forest Whitaker did a good job playing the FBI agent and for the comic reliefs of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville, they don’t have you laughing but they keep you with a smile here and there.
Where the film definitely fails is of course within its story and poor character developments. You just never buy into a guy racing through the country at a speed of 200 mph and never stopping for gas. It was a part of the story that should have been in a Fast of the Furious movie and for the villain of the film he was sub par at best. For most of the characters they were the usual clichés for this type of film and some were also underdeveloped to the point where you didn’t care for them at all.
With a flawed story but good acting from Arnold and good action scenes this film will definitely satisfy your viewing pleasure.
“The Last Stand isn’t necessarily re-inventing the wheel when it comes to the genre of action movies, but still offers more than plenty of fun, excitement, action, and lovable quips, courtesy of everybody’s favorite Austrian, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Welcome back, Arnie.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews
“An action-filled comedy that can bore at times yet still is entertaining. Worth a watch. It is fun, but I may recommend my friend’s advice who said “Pay the matinee price for it.” – The Focused Filmographer
“The Last Stand” is enjoyable enough if you’re a fan of The Governator, and willing to suspend your cerebral functions for a couple of hours.” – Fog’s Movie Reviews
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