The Last Stand

I took a break from the arty heaviness of Oscar nominated films to see Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to movies in The Last Stand.  This is a B movie plot and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else.  You go in; you enjoy yourself for an hour and a half and then you forget about it.  The weightiest question that lingers in your mind afterward is, “Are there really cornfields in Arizona?”  It turns out that there are.  But it almost would have been better if there weren’t.  It would have added to the goofy dumbness of this film.

Arnold plays Ray Owens, the sheriff of Sommerton Junction, a sleepy border town.  He’s an ex-narcotics cop from L.A. who gave it up after a particularly bloody firefight.  He gets word from the FBI that Gabriel Cortez, a brutal drug lord has escaped from his captors and is headed to Sommerton Junction to cross the border.  Ray and his three man force prepare to stop him.

The Last Stand is a big dumb movie filled with one improbable set piece after another, climaxing in the aforementioned cornfield.  The director is Jee-woon Kim who comes from the hyperactive world of Korean cinema, so the violence in the film is amped up to the nth degree.  The villains are so vile you can’t wait until they get what’s coming to them.

For what it is, it’s well done.  Who cares about the acting?  It’s good enough.

The Last Stand is the ultimate guilty pleasure.

 

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