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After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens 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, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.
Action - Arnold Schwarzenegger's first lead role since leaving politics is
very much like the films that made him a star in the first place:
pure, unpretentious entertainments with lots of action and graphic
violence, aimed at a young adult male audience. While rather
cartoonish, the bloodshed does get rather extreme, and that with
constant language makes the film inappropriate for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The questions that The Last Stand only begins to answer are what that actually means and whether audiences will care.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Like the FBI agents and the drug lord in this movie, they shouldn't underestimate Arnold's ability to get the job done on his own.
Washington PostFull Review Poor That's the thing about this corpse pileup of an action movie. It persistently tries to drag the audience down to its mindless level.
NY PostFull Review Average But "The Last Stand," absent either of these things, just seems to want to gin up a lot of high-fiving for a lot of shooting, and right now is the least palatable time I can think of for that.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 47 moviegoers:
TEENS:The two males loved it as did the two ladies.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The male reviews vary as much as the professional critic reviews. Two loved it, one rated it "above average," two more rated it "good/average," and one rated it "poor."
ADULTS:Solid reviews from both the males and females. In fact, the females enjoyed it slightly more than the males. Only a few of the ladies rated "The Last Stand" on the low side. About a quarter of the males rated it "good/average" or lower.
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 theicy 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.