The Last Stand

The Last Stand can be a fun ride, but its hyped up fights are way too short lived to provide a satisfying enough closure. The film is a more comedy driven film that isn’t afraid to get a little gory. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his co-stars provide a rather enjoyable team that brings just the right amount of humor and action. The shared time with C.I.A ends up hurting the film and taking time away from the stronger part of the cast. Shallow plots, and mishandled screen time makes this uninspiring movie a rental for anyone other than straight up action fans.

Prototypical action movies hold a soft spot in my heart. Growing my dad and I have watched our fair share of gun blazing, blood bursting, explosion booming action movies. Good, bad, so good that it’s bad, we like it all. It’s no surprise that when we saw the trailer for The Last Stand we were both excited and counting down the days to check out The Last Stand.

The Last Stand

The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger tells the story of a small town sheriff living peacefully in his town and watching over the tight nit community. When the Mexican Cartel decides to come through his town, the sheriff and his deputies aren’t going to just stand by.

Honestly, I’m a bit conflicted with this movie. On one hand, the gunfights and action scenes were fun and loud, but on the other they were rather short lived, and nothing that you couldn’t imagine from just watching the trailer. The movie spends so much time building up this huge last stand gunfight, only to have it last for so little of the movie. Given that the movie is called, The Last Stand, I would have liked to see more struggles between the small Somerton police force against the cartel gang members as they make their last stand after all else had failed.

The movie cuts back in forth between the small town doings of Somerton, Arizona and the CIA frantically chasing an escaped drug kingpin. The movie actually loses a lot of its entertainment any time it switches from the likeable Somerton police force and its citizens, to the dramatic and rather bland C.I.A agents. There’s nothing in the C.I.A. story line that you wouldn’t find in any weekly crime show on TV.

As far as the criminals go there’s nothing really special. Some are eye roll inducing, and others work just find, but I never felt as though there was the ultimate antagonists that the sheriff and his gang were fighting against. I will say that the actual fighting was more gory than I thought it would have been, which depending on the person may be a positive or negative. Even the hand-to-hand combat scenes were extremely brutal and had me wincing a couple of times.

The characters were all rather enjoyable and provided a more comedy driven movie than I expected. The scene opens up with a great five-minute physical comedy bit and really sets the tone for the way the rest of the movie plays out. The thing I liked the most about The Last Stand, as well as the cast, is that you can tell that they were having fun, and that this movie doesn’t try and take itself too seriously. It’s this relaxed nature that makes the movie such a fun ride. Even though Schwarzenegger made a cameo appearance in The Expendables 2, it was nice to see him back in a more prominent and enjoyable role. Knoxville is a wildcard, some of the jokes he makes were great, and others landed flat, but overall his character was enjoyable and easily likeable. Luis Guzman, my personal favorite from the film, also provided a lot of humor for the movie and help round off the cast.

Despite the great cast, the movie is a little lacking in the story department. The movie reminded me a lot of 3:10 to Yuma, just without the depth and side plots that made 3:10 to Yuma such an awesome movie. The Last Stand plays it pretty straight forward, with only mild subplots designed to be tearjerkers, but inevitably end up falling flat due to the lack of development. Also it’s a little bothersome that (Mild Spoiler) the characters in this movie barely even bat an eye anytime a fallen friend dies (End Mild Spoiler). They carry on like it’s just another bump in the road and rarely show enough remorse. Although, I can’t criticize, a movie for something it wasn’t, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed with the way the movie was written. Having Arnold back after a long hiatus from films, I wish they would had played the, “you’re too old” or “they don’t make them like they use to,” card just to add some depth to the film. If they would have kept up this running theme I think it could have added a lot more to the film and make it stand out from the numerous amount of action movies being made.

The Last Stand can be a fun ride, but its hyped up fights are way too short lived to provide a satisfying enough closure. The film is a more comedy driven film that isn’t afraid to get a little gory. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his co-stars provide a rather enjoyable team that brings just the right amount of humor and action. The shared time with C.I.A ends up hurting the film and taking time away from the stronger part of the cast. Shallow plots, and mishandled screen time makes this uninspiring movie a rental for anyone other than straight up action fans.

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