The Last Stand (2013) Review
The film has its good points but for the most part it was in and out between entertaining and boring. This isn’t Arnold’s glorious return to the silver screen but it’s not bad so it will do. The story is pretty good and I liked it for the most part, except for a few parts that didn’t feel necessary. The acting was good at times and ridiculous at others, was hard to tell if it was a comedy or an action at parts. The dialogue actually pissed me off a bit because Arnold barely had any and the others weren’t very memorable, this was the films weakest part. When the film had action it was good and the visuals where great to watch with a lot of great fights going around. I didn’t expect much from this but I still expected better than this, maybe next time Arnold’s talent will truly be back.
Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.
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Story: 70% Acting: 60% Visuals: 85% Dialogue: 40%
Action: 75% Style/Sound: 70% Characters: 60%
The story was good and for the most part was nice and simple, need to stop bad guy from crossing the border and a little town’s sheriff is all that can stop said bad guy. That’s all this film needed and quite frankly I could have done without the stupid side stories, with the love stories and stupid idiot cop with wide eyed dreams of becoming an LA cop (yeah because he’s not going to be the first to die). The acting was okay but I generally didn’t feel like sitting through a weepy death scene or an argument about past relationships, yeah boo hoo get to the killing. What was with Peter Stormare’s accent? I couldn’t for the life of me tell what the hell kind of accent it was, made me laugh more than once. The dialogue was pretty bad in this film, nothing memorable from any characters and worst of all Arnold doesn’t get very much dialogue at all and what does come out is boring, come on people give him lines and watch him struggle with an Austrian accent.
The visuals where good with some great shots of car chases and the initial escape from the FBI, plus we get fun last stand battle near the end. The action was good when it was there and whilst could have been better was very entertaining just as bloody to boot. It’s always a good sign in an action film when you see police cars flying through the air, fast cars and big guns it really doesn’t take that much more for a fun action film. The style of the film was good but not the best I have seen from this director, but still fun nevertheless, the sound was also good but there is something I preferred about the trailer than the actual film and this always pisses me of royally when a the trailer beats the film.
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The best reviews I found would be these “Korean film-maker Kim Jee-woon gives it plenty of directorial welly, and it’s good to see a film with cop cars flying through the air” Peter Bradshaw. “The result is diverting enough for a low-expectations Friday night, but the ingredients were in place for something more” Tom Huddleston. “The results are surprisingly good fun, popcorn-friendly, and awfully redolent of Rio Bravo. Fine by us. He’s back, alright” Tara Brady. “A suitably lightweight comeback for Arnie, The Last Stand does just enough to please his legion of fans, and proves the action icon still has charisma to spare” Shaun Munro.
My favourite scene would have to be the last fight with the cartel guy and the sheriff on that bridge, it’s what I was waiting for throughout the whole film and it was pretty satisfying to see Arnold finally kick ass one to one.