Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with a bang it seems. He’s got a score of new films on the way within which he flex his sagging chest-muscles, but right now, The Last Stand is the closest thing we have to pure undiluted action. It’s Arnie cracking one-liners, Johnny Knoxville thinking that he’s still in The Rundown and a story more predictable than climate change.
And I have no complaints whatsoever.
I’ve got to say, director Kim Jee-Woon might have some very sick stunts lined up in this film, if that brief scene of a car pretending to be Tony Hawk is any indication. The chirps sound great, the action is ludicrous and Arnie looks genuinely happy to be making movies again.
Unless it’s on his day off.
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens 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, 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, 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 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.
Last Updated: January 8, 2013