The Last Stand
Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Running Time: 107 minutes (approx.)
Release Date: 27 May 2013
Arnie is back in his first lead role in 10 years in the action thriller The Last Stand.
Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is a former LAPD narcotics detective who has moved to the sleepy small border town of Sommerton where the crime rate is nearly non-existent. He decides to take a day off as most of the townspeople have gone out of town to watch a football game but he is not in for a relaxing time.
FBI Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) is in charge of a prisoner transport of a dangerous drug cartel boss, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), but the goes wrong and Cortez escapes is heading towards Sommerton in a 200mph supercar where he hopes to cross the border into Mexico. The only thing standing in his way is of course Sheriff Owens and his small team of inexperienced and unequipped deputies.
After one of the deputies gets killed Owens needs to get better weapons and stop Cortez and goes to see Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville), a military geek who owns the Firearm & Historic Weapons Museum who has an eclectic collection of old and new weapons. They must now make their Last Stand!
Overall, The Last Stand is not one of Arnie’s best but not one of his worst either. It is very enjoyable and filled with car chases, shoot-outs, intense action, severed body parts and as we have all come to love, the corny one-liners with comic moments provided Knoxville.
An enjoyable film full of action from start to finish.
The Last Stand is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD from 27 May from Amazon here.