#29 – The Last Stand – by Nick Andersen

The Last Stand-pic-review

The Last Stand is an R-rated 2013 action film directed by South Korean Kim Jee-woon in his American directorial debut, and written by Andrew Knauer. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro and Eduardo Noriega. The film follows a small town tough sheriff and his inexperienced deputies who must stop a dangerous drug lord from escaping to Mexico. This was Arnold’s comeback after 10 years since Terminator 3 (2003) and it wouldn’t be an Arnie film without his one liners! This is a great example of a fun, feel-good, action-packed 90-minute film and I highly enjoyed it!

NO SPOILERS

I have to say that if Arnold is in a movie, it’s a good movie. We love him. We love his accent, his badassery, his squared face and mountain of a body, and his one liners. I mean, the whole world can do an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression! Some say he can’t act, and they’re not entirely wrong, but Arnold is a fun guy to watch in movies. If he’s in one, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time watching it.

The rest of the cast are good enough and present good supporting roles. I was surprised to see Johnny Knoxville in it and was worried he might ruin the film, but he’s given just enough screentime for that not to happen and for his character to aid in this story.

The story is somewhat predictable in the beginning and although there are many goofs like the logic to their actions and durability of vehicles and such, it’s nevertheless a fun and enjoyable film, with good humor.

This film was a strong comeback for Arnold and a great directorial debut for Kim Jee-woon.

Thanks for reading my review!

– Nick Andersen

P.S. If you’ve already seen the film and want to have a laugh, check out IMDB’s “101 Things I Learned Watching The Last Stand” mentioning all the goofs. It’s not complete but there are enough to make you chuckle.

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