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The Last Stand

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The Last Stand
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
  • Release Date: 2013-01-18 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 107 min.
  • Director: Jee-woon Kim
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Genesis Rodriguez, Jaimie Alexander, Rodrigo Santoro, Peter Stormare, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzm├ín, Johnny Knoxville, Zach Gilford, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
  • Writer: Andrew Knauer
  • Distributor: Lionsgate Films
  • Official Site: The Last Stand Official Site

Shrewd ex-politico that he is, Arnold Schwarzenegger has made his comeback movie after a decade-long hiatus a modestly scaled action programmer-- more Raw Deal than Terminator-- that does exactly what it should: It leaves us wanting more. Still sporting (at age 65) the kind of Charles Atlas brawn not much seen at the movies in the no-carb era, and still able to deliver a catchphrase with deadpan savoir faire, Schwarzenegger here plays an ex-LAPD narcotics cop lying low as the sheriff of a sleepy Arizona border town. When a vicious cartel lord (Eduardo Noriega) escapes from FBI custody and heads for Mexico, only lawman Arnold, his posse of crooked-shooting deputies, and a local gun nut (Johnny Knoxville) stand in his way. A veritable feature-length advertisement for assault weapons and the Second Amendment, The Last Stand marks the Hollywood debut of prolific Korean genre director Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird, I Saw the Devil), who seems to have tamped down his florid extravagance for American consumption--particularly during the movie's dreary, expository first hour. Then Kim finally lets loose, and the imaginatively choreographed mayhem that ensues--culminating in two fast cars chasing each other across a pesky cornfield-- can be a wonder to behold.

Scott Foundas

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