The Last Stand

The Last Stand

The Last Stand

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Rodrigo Santoro
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Running Time: 107 minutes

Synopsis: Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Jee-woon Kim's hard-hitting U.S. directorial debut, The Last Stand.

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez's path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive 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 rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

Verdict: The indestructible Arnold Schwarzenegger proves his still got the goods with numerous one-liners in his role as Sheriff Ray Owens in Jee-woon Kim's The Last Stand alongside Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander and Rodrigo Santoro. Schwarzenegger's one liners are a hit together with the action-packed, blood-fuelled violence and suspense.

Johnny Knoxville played a role not far stretched from his everyday life which was impressive all the same. Amongst the seriousness of The Last Stand there was some humour which was well received and created the perfect mix of action and comedy. I laughed a lot whilst also be riveted with the action mayhem scenes and I almost cried…

Rating: ****
Grace Skarvellis

The Last Stand
Release Date
: 21st of February, 2013

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