Sunday 15 September 2013

Film Review - The Last Stand

It's always fun watching Arnie in action, it's been a while since he's done a full film and while this is far from his best, it's still a decent watch. The story is simple, Arnie is a sheriff in a small town on the Mexican border. Forest Whitaker is in charge of an FBI team transporting the head of the cartel, who subsequently escapes and his path to Mexico runs through the small, once peaceful town.

It doesn't take long to get going and it doesn't take itself too seriously. The action is over the top with some amusing moments dotted throughout. Jonny Knoxville as the deranged gun nut provides most of these moments and he's actually not too annoying.

All in all it's an entertaining watch with a few jokes, mostly poking at Arnie's previous films. Not bad at all.

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s hard-hitting U.S. directorial debut, The Last Stand.

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’s path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

The Last Stand is available from Amazon (it's a fun watch)

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