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18th January
2013
written by Adam

Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a former L.A.P.D. special ops officer turned sheriff of the sleepy little town Sommerton Junction. Ray’s town happens to sit right on the Mexican border making it a very attractive point of egress back into Mexico for escaped drug cartel leader Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega). In a stolen high performance car, Cortez is rocketing toward the border, attempting to outrun the F.B.I. but has no idea what he might be facing when he gets to Sommerton. Now it’s up to Ray and his rag tag team of deputies (Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Zach Gilford, and Rodrigo Santoro) to put a stop to things, apprehend Cortez, and save the town. How much firepower or muscle will it take?The-Last-Stand-poster-final Shifting from politics back to acting, one thing is still clear, Schwarzenegger still can’t act…But he can try; and, it’s not as if action fans are ever really looking for Oscar worthy performances, so who are we kidding? Instead what we are left with is an enjoyable and goofy, shoot-em up pulpy romp that plays out just as expected. Heavy on practical effects, blood and guts are actual splatters and not computer generated for the most part. Compelling car chase scenes with nods to action films from days gone by scream throughout, and, when it gets right down to the nitty gritty, Arnold and crew still deliver thrills with a smile. Maybe a matinee, The Last Stand is rated R.

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