In the era of aged action stars, it is often hard to take a movie seriously when the hero is clearly passed his prime and looks like has might pass out at any minute. Stallone, Ford, and have all suffered. (It seems Liam Neeson is the only except to this rule.) Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to understand this and does what he does best- mix action with humor.
In his prime Schwarzenegger was kicking ass and taking names. He was chosen as best villain and best hero for playing the same character. He worked with Cameron, stared in the fabulous movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Running Man, and showed Colin Ferrell what a science fiction movie should really be like. He has never had trouble making fun of himself (see Around the World in 80 Days for example). In fact, my favorite Schwarzenegger film, True Lies, combines great action with dry, witty humor.
As a child, I grew up watching Schwarzenegger, I was so excited about his return to film. But at the same time I was apprehensive; I had seen Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So it was with trepidation that I went to see The Last Stand.
The Last Stand is the story of Sherriff Owens (Schwarzenegger) who moves from L.A. to a small town on the Arizona border to get away from the bloodshed. When the majority of the town leaves for a football game, Owens and his deputies settle in for an easy weekend. These plans are promptly destroyed when a cartel leader breaks out of custody and heads to their sleepy little town. With the FBI one step behind, it’s up to the Sherriff and his deputies to save the town.
The Last Stand supplies plenty of action with gun fights and car chases. Like every other action movie before it, it includes beyond reality stunts that get viewers fired up. But it balances the over-the-topness with humor. The film knows that it’s got a humorous side and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Owens even cracks jokes about being too old for this. But Schwarzenegger proves he still has it.
The cast includes Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzmán adding to the humor. I hate to say it, but Knoxville is hilarious as the eccentric weapons collector that has everything down to Conan’s sword. The deputy team is also peppered with young attractive guys and girls to balance out the “old fogey” feeling.
Despite large pot holes, The Last Stand is an entertaining romp that gives the same hometown love you get from watching Red Dawn. No one is going to come into our home and destroy it. Viewers easily cheer on the deputies as they go against the cartel boss and outsmart the FBI.
While not a great movie, The Last Stand is fun and contains lots of action. It’s better than most of the “old fogey” movies release lately.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals: What Does It Take To Be His Sidekick? (mtv.com)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns In Thrilling “The Last Stand” (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Schwarzenegger back on big screen (toledoblade.com)
- Why Schwarzenegger Took on ‘The Last Stand’: ‘This Is What the Fans Want to See’ (hollywood.com)