In his first starring role since he became the Governator, Arnold is undeniably back in The Last Stand, a deliciously silly action movie that works in all the right ways. Though the perfect Austrian is older and creakier than ever, he hasn't lost his charm or physical presence - and most importantly, his ability to entertain.
From car chases through cornfields to explosive gunfights in Smalltown USA, The Last Stand is an action movie that knows exactly what it is - an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie starring an aging Arnold Schwarzenegger - and never attempts to be anything more. The dialogue is cheesy and the plot ridiculously simple, but such attributes are found in many of Arnold's best.
What makes an Arnold movie good is entertainment value and quality action, and The Last Stand has both.
Simply put, The Last Stand is a lot of fun. Director Jee-woon Kim (The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and also one of my favorite horror movies, A Tale of Two Sisters) maintains a fast pace throughout the film and steps on the accelerator as time progresses. The action scenes are intricate albeit over-the-top, with the final third of the movie one long shootout on the Mexican border.
Arnold is looking a little clunky and even for him it's not his most charming of performances, but he holds his own and delivers what audiences expect of him. He is aided by an entertaining supporting cast, namely Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander.
I don't really understand why Forest Whitaker keeps taking on forgettable cop roles, however.
If you're an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, you'll like The Last Stand. It's fun, fast and action-packed. Arnold is back!
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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