The Last Stand (2013)
Running Time: 107 minutes
Directed by: Kim Jee-Woon
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Eduardo Noriega
The Last Stand is an action film, and is Arnold’s first leading role film since his Senator years. The film sets in a small little town, Sommerton Junction where Sheriff Owens (Schwarzenegger) after retiring from his LAPD post has decided to settle in. After an FBI prisoner, Gabriel Cortez (Noriega), a notorious drug kingpin escaped, Owens is forced out of retirement as the outlaw is headed towards Summerton Junction before fleeing from the country. Reluctant, Owens become involved with the case, and accepts the responsibility to take care of the capture of Cortez.
The film reminds me of classic action films, in the sense that there is a clear cut hero and villain in the story, and the hero will always win, using the most ridiculous methods or in the most outrageous situations. This film had the whole formula, except for a leading lady/ love interest for Arnold’s character. So, because of this I wasn’t that much impressed with the film, it started, the characters were introduced, the chase began, and how the hero saved the day, and with a little bit of slapstick comedy by Knoxville. It was ‘meh’ from start till end. I expected a little more from it, but was disappointed as the movie ends. With such a great actor, Forest Whitaker in the cast, I couldn’t believe there wasn’t more of him in it, and the cops just looked dumb throughout the film.
Overall, it’s a B-rated action film. Nothing much to it.
Rating: 5 out of 10