Notable Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Zach Gilford, Forest Whitaker, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Eduardo Noriega
After enjoying my "I'll Be Back Ahhhnuld" marathon all week in celebration of the release of this film, my expectations were only of the highest caliber for "The Last Stand." It's Schwarzenegger's return to leading man status and it was the English language debut for one of my current favorite directors Kim Ji-woon. This combination made it an automatic must see in my book. Luckily, the entertainment value of "The Last Stand" is top notch. The film may not make a lot of sense at times, nor does it pretend to, but Kim Ji-woon seems to understand this and plays the film to all the elements that the audience is there to see.
Sheriff Owens (Schwarzenegger) is about to enjoy his day off. A few of his deputies are working the streets in the small Arizona border town and things are looking to be just right as most of the town leaves for a local sporting event. When a call from the FBI comes in about a Mexican cartel fugitive (Noriega) running for the border, Owens and his deputies will have to band together to make sure he doesn't make it.
|I would know that squinty eye look anywhere.|
|How many times has Arnold been ask to point a gun just to the side of a camera in his life?|
Kim Ji-woon also knows how to do action. If you have seen his western actioner "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" then you already know this. "The Last Stand" punctuates this by ratcheting it up for American audiences. High octane car chases cascade through corn fields, massive gun battles, and even that vicious fist fight I wrote about earlier rip through the film's high end pacing to give the film enough of an edge that it simply modernizes the golden age of action from the 80s. If you love action, then you need to see this film.
|Johnny Knoxville makes for a great side kick though and I would be more than pleased to see these two characters franchised.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider