The man himself said ‘I’ll be back’ and almost eight years later he is in ‘The Last Stand’. Forget his bit parts in the awful Expendables and the not so great Expendables 2. This time Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in a lead role and of course the all out action hero.
The film is about Ray Owens, played by Arnie, who is a retired LA cop and now the sheriff of a small town near the Mexican boarder. Obviously being such a small town, they dont get to see much action. That is until the leader of a drug cartel Gabreil Cotex, played by Eduardo Noriega, excapes from an FBI convoy and makes his way to Mexico. He is being chased down by the Forest Whitaker and the rest of the FBI. Gabreil has his own small army but unfortunately for them, Arnie is ‘The Last Stand’.
Now I was very young when I last saw a real Schwarzenegger movie, however I am now old enough to appreciate that Arnie can’t act. Literally his first couple of sentences had my friend and I turning to look at each other and laugh out loud. Maybe he is just a bit rusty at acting. You soon forget all about that as he quickly falls in to the action hero we have grown up loving. The film has plenty of its own laughs. These are mainly from the team that call themselves the sheriffs department. The stand outs here are Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzman. They keep the jokes flowing throughout the film, so it doesnt take itself seriously.
Like all Arnie films, it leads to a final showdown where Arnie proves that even at his age, he still packs a lot of muscle.
It was great to see Arnie back in action and I am looking forward to the vast number of films he has in production or at least rumoured to be. But in the meantime I would recommend this for all Arnie fans. Dont expect to see another Terminator, Twins or True Lies. Just a good mix of action and humour that Arnie films are known for. Sydney Social 101 gives ‘The Last Stand’ 6.5/10.
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