“The Last Stand” Movie Review: Is Arnold Back?

Posted by    |    January 24th, 2013 at 10:36 am

After taking off several years from acting to pursue a career in politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger once again stars in a feature film, The Last Stand, along with Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, and Peter Stormare.  Aside from minor roles in The Expendables and The Expendables 2, The Last Stand is Schwarzenegger’s first film since being the Governor of California.  Although his character acknowledges his age in the film and plays up his “experienced” role, Schwarzenegger is a much older person, and it definitely shows.  However, even at the age of 65, the Govenator still kicks ass in The Last Stand as if he had never stopped doing action films.

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Schwarzenegger plays the role of Ray Owens, a sheriff of a small border town, who has recently left the LAPD narcotics division for a more quiet life in Sommerton Junction.  When a Mexican drug lord escapes police custody and heads for the border, he sets his sights on this unlikely, small, peaceful town as his crossing point into Mexico, leaving the FBI in the dust and no choice but for Sheriff Owens and company to try and stop him.  The Last Stand shows what a small group of people can do with a little bit of experience, the right motivation, and no choice but to defend their town from crime and destruction.

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The Last Stand is a movie with mediocre crowd-pleasing action scenes filled with endless gunfire and exploding body parts.  Despite the outrageous bloody scenes, the tone is actually quite humorous with its corny lines and several laugh-out-loud amusing scenes.  Certain dialogue or actions are a bit over the top, but at times the movie is so bad or ridiculous that you can’t do anything but laugh.  This action icon is still delivering his famous one-liners, but Schwarzenegger needs to work on his accent as it interrupts almost everything he says.  To add to the dysfunction of this modern-day “Western” action-flick, there are several other foreign actors in this film who also have strong accents, which actually makes for an interesting mix with the small town country folk.  Johnny Knoxville gives a similar performance to his roles in Walking Tall and The Dukes of Hazzard, with a very familiar Jackass personality.

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Recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville, along with other actors from the film and the director of The Last Stand came to Dallas for a special red carpet screening, and I had the chance to cover the event.  Surprisingly, I didn’t hear anything but good things from other people about the movie, and it was exciting for the city of Dallas to be able to host these actors who were promoting their movie in Big D.  I was able to get a lot of great footage of the event, so click here for coverage of The Last Stand red carpet event.

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The Last Stand is not a must-see movie by any means and should not be a priority in the theaters.  I applaud Schwarzenegger for getting back into movies, but he has a long way to go before winning any awards.  The Last Stand is rated R for strong bloody violence and language.  Running time is 1 hour and 47 minutes.  I rate this film 2 out of 5 stars.

By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas

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