A lot of hype has been built up around the fact that The Last Stand is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen since he took office as California’s governor. If you take into account that while in office he appeared in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise, he never left. Schwarzenegger made a cameo in the first film, only to turn around and take a bigger role in the sequel playing the same character Trench. Stallone’s films may not feature Schwarzenegger as the lead, but its still an action film nonetheless.
In The Last Stand Schwarzenegger is Ray Owens a retired cop from Los Angeles, whom now is the sheriff of a small Arizona town called Somerton, which lies just before the border of Las Vegas. Conveniently where a would be Pablo Escobar, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), has decided where he is going to cross the border into Mexico after slipping through the hands of FBI agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker). However, a bridge doesn’t exist between Somerton and Mexico, so the villain builds one. This bridge is similar to one used in combat for assaults on small villages and towns.
Despite how laughable the plot actually is, this is the type of film action stars like Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Steven Seagal are known for. One can only hope his next outing is better. The Last Stand drags ass for what seems like a good forty-five minutes before anything interesting happen. Sure we meet the deputies Sarah Torrance (Jaime Alexander) and Mike Figuerola (Luis Guzman), whom assist Ray taking down the bad guy, but the film is filled with terrible one-liners and Schwarzenegger delivers them just as good as did, when he starred in such films as Terminator 2: Judgment Day or Paul Verhoven’s Total Recall.
The Last Stand to say the least is corny as hell and is at times a bit slow but it is entertaining and if you are really looking to get out of the house this weekend then this is best escapism Hollywood has to offer this week.