The Last Stand (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)
  • Time: 107 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Jee-woon Kim
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker


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.


  • I am a huge Arnie fan, a big portion of my childhood was spent watching his films, so after a ten year hiatus you can imagine hearing the worlds best action hero was returning to the silver screen headlining a new film, I was excited, and after finally getting around to seeing it I am not disappointed.

    Firstly allow me to get this out of the way, if you’re looking for a thought compelling, deep and complex film with a great story and original characters…turn back this is not that film, but it achieves exactly what it sets out to be, a balls to the walls exciting action film allow me to tell you why.

    Arnold is Sommertons bad ass sheriff Ray Owens, living in a peaceful community after a stint in the LAPD, he spends his time now rescuing cats stuck up trees and helping old ladies cross the street (presumably) but when Gabriel Cortez a menacing drug lord escapes FBI custody ( in a very exciting and well shot scene may I say) and Ray finds out he is heading towards Sommerton him and some of his more ballsy residents take a stand, what ensues is 100 minutes of insanity, I don’t want to give too much away about the story, albeit not a very deep story there are interesting moments it is best not to see coming.

    Excellent action sequences that I wouldn’t expect to be done better than an Asian director, great cast of actors who hold their own with their characters, who although not incredibly original don’t fall into “stock” characters either, but too a good sense of humour, The Last Stand doesn’t take its self too seriously, but not to the point where it is just a parody of its self, this is an adrenaline fueled fast action ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Oscar worthy? No, best action film of the 21st century? Probably, incredibly entertaining pop corn flick? undeniably, and coming from a person who loves deep, complex narrative tight films, sometimes you just need to kick back, relax and watch something FUN! The king of action is back baby, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • Sandcooler

    “The Last Stand” is an anachronism, but in the best possible way. It really takes us back to the heydays of guilty pleasure action movies, it’s just as much an homage to the 1980s as “The Expendables” was (perhaps more so). I’m not saying a movie like “Commando” is cultural heritage or something, but it’s still around and people still want to see it because everything’s real, damn it. Okay, maybe Schwarzenegger isn’t really killing all those baddies (have we seen them in anything else though?), but there’s buckets of actual stage blood and dozens of actual stunts because CGI wasn’t so commonplace yet. “The Last Stand” is awesome because it ignores decades worth of new technologies (apart from some trickery in the car chases). It’s just Ahnuld firing guns and beating people up while shouting questionable one-liners, is there really that much more you need to make your ticket worth the cash? It even has very good character development and dialogues for a dumb action flick, somewhere along the ride you genuinely start caring about Arnold’s character (named Ray Owens: who are we kidding here?) and his small gang of untrained misfits that somehow kill a drug cartel’s army while barely ever getting hit (again, it’s very 80s). The finale just tells you everything you need to know about the movie: no ridiculous set piece, no breaking every law of physics, no Michael Bay influence. Just our hero and villain beating each other senseless and shockingly basic camera angles. That kind of old school mayhem just puts a smile on my face and makes me wonder why this was such a commercial flop.

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