It's a crackerjack B movie worthy of comparison to such stylishly low-down, smart-meets-dumb, hyper-violent entertainments as the 1997 Kurt Russell thriller "Breakdown," Clint Eastwood's infamous police bloodbath "The Gauntlet," John Carpenter's original "Assault on Precinct 13," and Arnold's own overlooked 1986 outing "Raw Deal."
It's a struggle at times, mostly because the action-movie clichés haven't been weeded out of the script, but the film is cheerfully, irresistibly destructive - an old-fashioned, "Rio Bravo" shoot-'em-up with the hicktown spirit of "Tremors," though it isn't as good as either.
My official review of "The Last Stand" can be summed up into a single word: America! Now I know you're asking "Stamp, what does America have to do with The Last Stand?", and I'm glad you asked, Jeeves. My thesis is as follows. "The Last Stand", Arnold Schwarzenegger's newest theatrical release, and The Great United States of America go hand in hand because of the ridiculously good-looking and super fast Corvette( America's sports car); Arnold, himself, is an American dream come true; and because of U.S. citizens taking up arms to make a last stand against evil. Pun intended, although I'm not sure if it counts because that's what the title is talking about. Moving on, I left the theater entertained, motivated, and grateful to live in a great country. Last but importantly, they mention Jesus. Let's take a moment for a standing ovation for Jesus. Our lives are better for it. In conclusion, I officially award "The Last Stand" with my first ever Stamp Of Approval.
Ahhnie is back with a vengeance! In the Last Stand! This Cheesy Mexican popcorn flick is really awesome. The film starts off slow but then it gets interesting. I'm pretty glad Arnie made this film. It's just bloody f**king fun with guns and hot cars. Just don't take brainy nerd to this movie.
The director does pull off a pretty magnificent cornfield car chase - two sleek vehicles cut through a thick, shaggy carpet of maize like souped-up harvesters, the movie's way of saying that the simple country life needn't be devoid of thrills. But Jee-woon takes too long to wrap things up, fumbling repeatedly on his way to an ending.
Sure, violence in movies isn't violence in real life. And when you combine it with intelligent dialogue and pointed social commentary (a la "Django Unchained"), it can be cathartic. But The Last Stand, absent either of these things, just seems to want to gin up a lot of high-fiving for a lot of shooting, and right now is the least palatable time I can think of for that.
an ok story mixed with Tarantino style gun work makes this a great action movie. Arnold does a great job and delivers. i was very impressed on the amount of gore, and the detail in using it. not a lot, if any that i could tell of cg. a great action movie.
The plot is not bad, because there are 2 strings coming together. Some of the action scenes were great, some very unrealistic. The humour was ok. Acting: Arnie you are too old for this action scenes, you can do better with your age now in my view.
FBI calls Schwarzenegger to inform him of the situation, he hangs up on them. Later on, he calls the FBI back “Who the hell is this fugitive anyway?!” FBI: “Gabriel Cortez.” Schwarzenegger: “What!? Then why the f#ck didn’t you tell me that earlier!?” LMAO They struggle so hard to make it seem like this old, washed up actor is some kind of badass, and they fail miserably. Watched 51 minutes and that was enough for me, this film is a travesty, don’t waste your time.
"The Last Stand" 10 Scale Rating: 3.5 (Bad) ...
The Good: Some of the action sequences are at least decent. While he was out of place and saddled with a horrible script, Arnold still has a lot of charisma.
The Bad: Cheesy and full of awful one-liners, "The Last Stand" is a cringe-worthy effort. Under-developed and cliche characters (even for an action flick!) litter the screen. Not the best premise with over-acting reaching epic levels, especially from Arnold, Peter Stormare, and Forest Whitaker. Lastly, Johnny Knoxville's character (who seems like a lot of Knoxville's characters) was irritating at best.