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The Last Stand

action & adventure, thrillers, westerns


Schwarzenegger stars as the Sheriff of a sleepy border town who becomes the center of attention when a drug lord escapes the FBI and heads toward Mexico, straight through his territory.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    60%
  • Audience Score
    54%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5

Arnie's lawman vs. outlaw action tale gets pretty bloody.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Last Stand is an old-school action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. There's a high body count and lots of bloody violence (shootings, explosions that lead to strewn limbs, etc.), as well as frequent strong language ("motherf---er," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.), but no sexuality beyond a couple of kisses. Families concerned with consumerism should note that the film features plenty of Chevy vehicles and references to a particular very expensive Corvette. Ultimately, despite the movie's violence, at its core it has a decent message about protecting your home, your friends, and your town.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in The Last Stand. If it had been slightly less bloody, do you think that would have changed the impact? Did some of the deaths seem gratuitous, or were they necessary to the plot?
  • How is The Last Stand a classic example of the "lawman vs. outlaw" genre? Was there any doubt who would win in the end? Does it make the movie less enjoyable if you know the action star is bound to get the bad guy?
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger makes several jokes about being old. Do you think he's past his prime as an action star, or does the "old man" still have decent moves?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    60%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    54%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ...

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, February 4, 2013

Rotten: Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) handles the action sequences effectively if not spectacularly, though The Last Stand could have dispensed with the occasional attempts at sobriety and cut straight to the chase (or chases).

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, January 18, 2013

Rotten: The script is a mess, built on lazy clichs, stilted jokes and easy payoffs. What the movie does have, though, is enthusiasm.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Friday, January 18, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not the best way to come back to the game, but we're reminded of the reason why we loved Arnold Schwarzennegger so much. Although he's not the greatest actor or the most believable one, he's sure got that energy about him that not many action stars have. For this and for the adequate directing, "The Last Stand" is a pretty good time at the movies, just don't expect to hail this as one of your favorites. Kim Jee-Woon, the director of this B-movie shoot-em-up, is quite the director. He's crafted some exceptional films ("I Saw the Devil", "The Good, The Bad, The Weird", "A Tale of Two Sisters", etc.), and with his debut into America, he churns out a forgettable action flick? What're you thinking bro? This is coming from another Korean. Mr. Kim doesn't quite blend in with the rest of American filmmaking as of yet. Why do I say this? Certain sequences (especially the cornfield car chase sequence) are directed outstandingly; others like the comedic relief scenes or the scenes shot within cockpit of the Corvette are edited or done poorly. There's a particular scene near the beginning of the film where 3 characters are taking shots at a slab of meat with a hand cannon and to this extent, it's supposed to be silly comedic relief, all done with goofy music playing in the background. This type of style is seen really often in Korean comedies and unfortunately, it just doesn't translate well here in America. Not once during this sequence or any comedic relief scenes, did I laugh. Regardless, this movie is a damn good time. Turn off your brain, forget that Arnold Schwarzenegger can't act, and see a simple but entertaining plot reel out. Expect the cheese to ooze out cause it's got a lot of it. Oh yes, expect the one-liners you've come to know come out of Arnold's lips. Yeah, the script is poorly written and it doesn't have the greatest actors, but surprisingly for such a cheesy flick, the plot, though severely stilted, works. "The Last Stand"'s got a lot of energy, spice, and zing to it. To put it in a nutshell, "The Last Stand" is a great movie to watch on cable television and if you're looking for a getaway popcorn flick, this B-movie will suffice.

- fb1463751009, Sunday, January 27, 2013

3 stars

Not the best way to come back to the game, but we're reminded of the reason why we loved Arnold Schwarzennegger so much. Although he's not the greatest actor or the most believable one, he's sure got that energy about him that not many action stars have. For this and for the adequate directing, "The Last Stand" is a pretty good time at the movies, just don't expect to hail this as one of your favorites. Kim Jee-Woon, the director of this B-movie shoot-em-up, is quite the director. He's crafted some exceptional films ("I Saw the Devil", "The Good, The Bad, The Weird", "A Tale of Two Sisters", etc.), and with his debut into America, he churns out a forgettable action flick? What're you thinking bro? This is coming from another Korean. Mr. Kim doesn't quite blend in with the rest of American filmmaking as of yet. Why do I say this? Certain sequences (especially the cornfield car chase sequence) are directed outstandingly; others like the comedic relief scenes or the scenes shot within cockpit of the Corvette are edited or done poorly. There's a particular scene near the beginning of the film where 3 characters are taking shots at a slab of meat with a hand cannon and to this extent, it's supposed to be silly comedic relief, all done with goofy music playing in the background. This type of style is seen really often in Korean comedies and unfortunately, it just doesn't translate well here in America. Not once during this sequence or any comedic relief scenes, did I laugh. Regardless, this movie is a damn good time. Turn off your brain, forget that Arnold Schwarzenegger can't act, and see a simple but entertaining plot reel out. Expect the cheese to ooze out cause it's got a lot of it. Oh yes, expect the one-liners you've come to know come out of Arnold's lips. Yeah, the script is poorly written and it doesn't have the greatest actors, but surprisingly for such a cheesy flick, the plot, though severely stilted, works. "The Last Stand"'s got a lot of energy, spice, and zing to it. To put it in a nutshell, "The Last Stand" is a great movie to watch on cable television and if you're looking for a getaway popcorn flick, this B-movie will suffice.

- fb1463751009, Sunday, January 27, 2013

3 stars

"The Last Stand" is the English-language debut of director Kim Jee- Woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird), the Korean helmer known for his atmospheric thrillers and strong technical merits. While his first Hollywood film has traces of the style and sensibilities of his Korean efforts,"The Last Stand" is ultimately a fun, if somewhat standard, romp that gets bogged down by too much exposition, sub-par pacing, and not enough bang, bang for your buck. That's not to say there isn't some good action, stunt work, and style on display: there is.There's just too little and the film's big action sequence arrives way too late in the picture (and lasts only briefly). The big selling point here is Arnold, and it's a welcome return. He's still got it; I just wish he was given more material to work with (one-liners, shoot outs etc). The film really comes alive whenever he's onscreen with the comic relief of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville (playing a loopy weirdo straight out of Korean action cinema). If the film focused more on them and less on it's throwaway villain, useless plot developments, and FBI stereotype (played by Forest Whitaker), "The Last Stand" could have been a highly effective and memorable modern western. As it stands (no pun intended) it's good...it's serviceable, but should have been a lot better.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Monday, January 21, 2013