Friday, 14 June 2013

Movie Review: The Last Stand (2013)

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Movie Review: The Last Stand (2013)


                                     Director : Kim Ji-woon  
                                     Starring : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander


The Lowdown:

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in his first starting role since 2003s Disappointing Terminator 3: Rise of the machines. Does he still have what it takes to be a leading man at the age of 65? Don't be an idiot, of course he does.Arnold plays Ray Owens, the sheriff of the small town Summerton, who finds himself gearing up for battle to stop a dangerous felon passing through his town and reaching the Mexican border.

The Last Stand is the perfect comeback vehicle for Schwarzenegger and features top notch action and surprisingly enough some decent gore. But the only downside of the movie is it takes a while to get going.and at times it feels like Arnold doesn't get enough screen time.

 His Co-stars do an ample job, Jaimie Alexander in particular gives a good performance as one of Schwarzenegger's deputies who isn't quite ready for the ensuing battle but nevertheless steps up to the plate. There's also a love story thrown in for good measure but that's not why we came to see this is it, we came for the action and one liners and on that front it delivers.

When the action kicks in Schwarzenegger is back to what he does best, firing big guns and sprouting off humor laced one liners. Notable ones this time being "Welcome to Summerton" after dispatching loads of bad guys with an antique machine gun and "I'm the sheriff" after putting a bullet through a guys head who asked who the hell he is. The Last Stand also features Schwarzenegger's finest hand to hand combat fight which is quite a feat considering he is 65.

Fans of Johnny Knoxville may be disappointed to find out Knoxville s part is no more than an extended cameo but he does a fine job with the material he is given.

Final Verdict:

While not on par with Schwarzenegger's classics such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Predator , The Last Stand is certainly a much better film that the box office numbers would have you believe. Filled with impressive action, witty one liners and thrilling car chases,

The Last Stand is a great film for old school action junkies and Schwarzenegger die hard's alike. Its a perfect way to "Let off some steam".


Ignored by the general public, The Last Stand is Schwarzenegger back doing what he does best. Ignore the naysayers its a blast. Here's to Arnie kicking ass till hes 85! 3 out of 5 Stars.

But at Amazon : The Last Stand [DVD]

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