The Last Stand (2013) – 6/10 Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Writer: Andrew Knauer
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Ray Owens
Forest Whitaker: Agent John Bannister
Johnny Knoxville: Lewis Dinkum
Rodrigo Santoro: Frank Martinez
Jaimie Alexander: Sarah Torrance
Luis Guzmán: Mike Figuerola
Eduardo Noriega: Gabriel Cortez
Peter Stormare: Burrell
Zach Gilford: Jerry Bailey
Genesis Rodriguez: Agent Ellen Richards

The Last Stand (2013)

Ray Owens is happily esconsed as the Sheriff of quiet little town Sommerton but he is about to become America’s last line of defence against a fleeing drug lord speeding straight for Mexico and intending to literally shoot through Owens’ backyard.


Arnold Schwarzenegger adds another iconic shotgun motif to his filmography (holding the slide steady and moving the gun body) in this almost jolly good return to simple actioners where bad guys must be stopped with as many bullets and one-liners as possible. Now there’s certainly plenty to complain about (the Knight Rider whoosh for a Corvette with an infinite number of gears, a SUV crashes into a Corvette ZR01 without damaging the ‘vette, two sportscars idle silently and make less noise than the crushing of the corn they are driving over, some unnecessarily poor visual effects work of blood spurts, a cornfield and a canyon, stupid FBI agents who can’t hit anything ever, magic appearing speeding ploughs) but The Last Stand has enough personality to get by. Perhaps most importantly, the small town cast works (Forest Whitaker and Eduardo Noriega are given no care or attention) and it means that, surprisingly, the strongest moment in the film is an emotional one with Arnold gently cradling someone’s head.

This movie contains Sexual swear words, adult dialogue, strong, graphic and gory violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, sexuality

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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