The Last Stand (2013) Movie Review
Released : Jan 19th, 2013
Reviewed : April 28th, 2013
Genre : Action
Story (from IMDB) :
The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s big comeback feature length fit hits some good notes and a few low ones but overall shows that even with his age he still has it in him to continue.
We get somewhat a hot mess for a story in this. They set up all the pieces during the first half for the the action packed second half but it seems like they forgot that a engrossing story helps. Its a paper thin story really. You have the generic bad guy with a thin back story who has his team of faceless friends break him out in a totally over the top manner. During this time they introduce you to the small town in which the second half of the story takes place at but it still falls into the problem of none of the characters doing anything new or exciting. You have the sheriff, the female cop who has her doubts, the rookie, and lastly the comedic older cop mixed in with the insane gun nut civilian. Other than two roles all others will be forgotten after your viewing while watching the action scenes you’ll forget that they even tried doing a story for it.
Thankfully the second half saves the movie from it’s demise. It goes to a all out will action movie that it wanted to be. Arnold does a great job as the lead and really doesn’t show his age too bad. It hits all action movie marks including huge gunfights, car chases, explosions, and a good hand to hand fight. Johnny Knoxville is also a stand out role in this and should of had more time on screen. He plays off his natural crazy zaniness well as the eccentric gun nut of the town and makes a few scenes actually memorable because of his involvement.
Overall even with a paper thin story and a dull first half the movie thankfully redeems itself with the second half. It shows Arnold still has a good amount of fight left in him. It may not be the best action movie but it is worth the watch.