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The Last Stand
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Jun 4, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Kim Lee-Woon

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Peter Stormare
Forrest Whitaker

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The Sheriff of a small town rallies what few troops he has in hopes of stopping a high profile cartel boss from blowing through town and escaping via the Mexico border.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Like most Arnold fans, I was anxiously looking forward to THE LAST STAND. The trailers didnt exactly thrill me, and although Arnies cameo in THE EXPENDABLES was hilarious, his presence in the sequel was awkward and painful to watch. That said, he doesnt give off the same air of badassery as he used to (its hard to watch these eighties icons age, but Im sure its no picnic for them either), but all things considered he handles things pretty well, albeit a bit rusty and/or rough around the edges.

Im happy they went with an R rating, because a PG-13 fluff action piece wouldnt have held up. This felt like an ode to eighties violence with some great action scenes and cool weaponry. I dug the bus angle, and its always fun to see Arnie with a Gatling gun in hand (keep your eyes peeled for his Conan sword too). His tacky one liners arent as good as they used to be either, but thats Arnie for ya, probably wrote that shit himself. The story isnt particularly deep, and Im cool with that, I can forgive stuff like deputising the entire damn town, to a car chase through a cornfield, but Im not really sure the FBI would leave such a high profile fugitive in the hands of a sheriff from butt-fuck-nowhere (or that theyre so easily duped by betrayal). I know they tried their whole roadblock thing (epic fail there), but I somehow doubt it would have taken them that long to regroup and get on site.

THE LAST STAND is a nice mix of wild, wild, west and over-the-top cop action. Aside from Arnie and his teamJamie Alexander from THOR, Luis Guzman from (what hasnt he done) and Johnny Knoxville who really shouldnt be allowed to star in films, we have the true scene stealer, a man who goes by the name of Peter Stormare. Good guy, bad buy, hes always a blast to watch, and for me, he made this movie. I didnt care much for Cortez. Maybe its because hes behind the wheel of a car ninety percent of the film, which was cool enough in its own right, considering, but that last fight with Arnie (interesting as it was), didnt pack the punch I wanted it to. Then again, Id have taken the money and let his ass slide on into Mexico, but thats just me.
THE EXTRAS
Not In My Town: The Making of The Last Stand: This plays out like a quick commentary, describing the overall atmosphere as a modern day western. Its no Django, but I dug it.

Cornfield Chaos: Scene Breakdown: All jokes aside, I wasnt exactly blown away by the cornfield chase, so this isnt the great scene to analyze for me. How about analyzing the rail scene that got deleted. That, at least, was cool.

The Dinkum Firearm & Historic Weaponry Museum Tour: Best item youll see on this tour is the sword of Conan. Best cameo ever.

Actor-Cam Anarchy; With Johnny Knoxville and Jamie Alexander: A very ho-hum morning on set with these two actors. Not much to see here at all.

Deleted/Extended Scenes: Watching Arnie (literally) crack his feet for three minutes isinteresting, but the real question is why cut the damn rail scene? It was badass. The extended scenes, however, arent anything to brag about.

Previews: Theres a slew of trailers as well as a Digital and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This isnt the greatest comeback for Arnie (unlike his comeback from heart surgery with END OF DAYS), but Ill take it as a rite of passage in hopes of finding gold at the end of this rainbow a la ESCAPE PLAN. As far as KING CONAN goes, truth be known, I was a fan of Mamoas Conan and would rather see a sequel from him, unless of course he shows up as Conans son in KING CONAN. Now that would be something to see.
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5:07PM on 06/04/2013
Spot on review, this wasn't terrible or great, but rather a return for Arnold. I hope we see better with his next roles,and I too enjoyed Jason Mamoa as Conan. Sad that he won't get to use that script he wrote for the sequel.
Spot on review, this wasn't terrible or great, but rather a return for Arnold. I hope we see better with his next roles,and I too enjoyed Jason Mamoa as Conan. Sad that he won't get to use that script he wrote for the sequel.
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12:03PM on 06/04/2013
I was pleasantly surprised by this. It isn't perfect, but the whip bang cinematography and solid action helped propel this to the fun category.
I was pleasantly surprised by this. It isn't perfect, but the whip bang cinematography and solid action helped propel this to the fun category.
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9:49AM on 06/04/2013

i liked the final fight b/w Arnie and Cortez

it was basically a wrestling match where they used holds and headlocks instead of acrobatics. this makes sense for someone like Old Arnold who isn't quick on his feet anymore, but still has the size and leverage. it also allows Old Arnold to actually film these sequences unlike the Stallone/Van Damme fight in Expendable 2 where it takes place in the shadows and was obviously stunt men for the majority of it.
it was basically a wrestling match where they used holds and headlocks instead of acrobatics. this makes sense for someone like Old Arnold who isn't quick on his feet anymore, but still has the size and leverage. it also allows Old Arnold to actually film these sequences unlike the Stallone/Van Damme fight in Expendable 2 where it takes place in the shadows and was obviously stunt men for the majority of it.
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8:45AM on 06/04/2013
I went to see this at the cinema because I want more Arnie films to get made - but good ones. His acting is really rusty in this, seems too self-conscious, but I have every faith he'll be back in his stride for Escape Plan and Breacher or whatever the hell they're called now! Thought the final fight was surprisingly poorly staged (no fault of The Governator) - It looked like they had run out of money and couldn't film on location any more.
I went to see this at the cinema because I want more Arnie films to get made - but good ones. His acting is really rusty in this, seems too self-conscious, but I have every faith he'll be back in his stride for Escape Plan and Breacher or whatever the hell they're called now! Thought the final fight was surprisingly poorly staged (no fault of The Governator) - It looked like they had run out of money and couldn't film on location any more.
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2:54AM on 06/04/2013
I dug it for what it was really & was at least great seeing Arnie back in a lead role.
I dug it for what it was really & was at least great seeing Arnie back in a lead role.
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