Arnold is back at it for his ass kicking action films with a twist of comedy and fun times in The Last Stand. Even at 65 years old, Arnold is still running the streets of action flicks with his own personal touch, not like the usual action hero actors, but Arnold puts an Austrian-Flare to his films. Even if you are not a big Arnold fan, this film is sure to please, just don’t go into it with a Jason Statham or Matt Damon style action flick mind set; it just is not the same and it’s Arnold!!
Of course, I am a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and you might think this review will be biased to give only the good points and top notches of this film; well you are wrong because for all my reviews, no matter how much I love or hate the actor, series, director or whatever else, I will give my full aspect from the worst to the best.
The film takes place in the small town of Sommerton Junction, Arizona, with Arnold as a old and worked Sheriff in charge of the town police. Everyone knows one another and welcome each other at the local diner where Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) notices a couple of suspicious truck drivers. These take over a local farm by killing the farmer and start their work for a kingpin criminal, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega),on the run after escaping an FBI transport. He takes a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 down the highways and canyons on the way to Sommerton planning to cross the US-MEXICO border by having his ‘henchmen’ build a bridge over the canyon.
For the rest of my version of the plot, this is how it goes: road blocks get destroyed by hidden caravans of vans and trucks of the cartel; a trip to the farm by the police find the farmer dead, which leads to a deputy being shot and killed during a fire fight, the police gain some heavy weaponry and set a plan, the gangsters run through the town trying to wipe out the police, and then Arnold steals a rich man’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to chase down the criminal.
I’ll let you watch the film to find out what happens in the end and what secret is revealed!
Arnold really packs a punch and sets a great tone as a old and easy going yet stern ‘Small Town Police Chief’ or in this case “Sheriff” (one of my favorite scenes was when he kills a criminal by shooting a bullet to the head with a magnum, and he says “I’m the Sheriff” aaah so great!)
He runs the town and runs the criminals into the ground with his high caliber guns and knockouts.
The rest of the cast is great too, Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzman giving a great comedy appearance while still being ‘deputized’ and fight the battles. Forest Whitaker is great as an old FBI agent just wanting to get the criminal to the death penalty and having to deal with his escape. A familiar face for you Thor fans would be Jaimie Alexander, as a strong focused and well rounded deputy on Arnold’s force.
The film actually had a well written story, well enough for director Kim Ji-Woon who has not had any notable films in his past. A few points could have been improved or changed, but overall, i give it a 7.5/10.
There was more blood too than I expected, even though it is a rated R film; a few head-shots and epic fight scenes with blood squirting and pieces flying.
It is something great for Arnold to get back into films, with a slow start in The Expendables 1 and 2, now The Last Stand, and soon The Tomb with buddy Sylvester Stallone. He is even in talks for the next Terminator films and even The Legend of Conan.
I look forward to Arnold’s return for big time films and future work, and anticipate a great turnout!