ApunKaChoice.com
site  movies  celebs  music  news  showtimes  user  
Hello, Stranger Login | Sign up
ApunKaChoice » Article » Movie Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'The Last Stand' is a let-down
 

Movie Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'The Last Stand' is a let-down

'The Last Stand' limp, predictable
By Troy Ribeiro (IANS)
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 11:21:23 GMT
 

Movie Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'The Last Stand' is a let-down
The Last Stand movie review; Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Eduardo Noriega and Peter Stormare; Director: Kim Jee-woon; Rating: *1/2

The Last Stand is supposed to be a mystery, suspense and action thriller that is Arnold Schwarzenegger's first vehicle since his two-terms as governor of California.

Schwarzenegger stars as Ray Owens, Sheriff of the tiny idyllic Arizona border town of Sommerton Junction, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone on first name basis and every visitor stands odd in the crowd.

Nothing much happens there except for the routine. Till in the early hours of one fine Sunday, the Sheriff is awakened from his slumber, with a call from one of the residents, "Something is amiss as old Mr. Parkinson, the milk man has never skipped his delivery." Owens sends his flunkies Frank (Zach Gilford) and Sarah (Jaimie Alexander) to investigate.

Meanwhile, he gets a call from Los Angeles' FBI agent Bannister (Forest Whitaker) that a fugitive Mexican drug cartel kingpin Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) has escaped custody, with the aid of accomplices, and is racing for the border with a hostage in the passenger seat in a stolen high range car that can zoom faster than a helicopter.

While Bannister and his crew try in vain to capture Cortez, Sheriff Owens gathers his small crew. His team consists of the rank newcomer Frank, the goofy veteran Mike Figuerola (Luis Guzman), the pretty and capable female deputy Sarah, her ex-boyfriend who happens to be in the town's lone jail cell (Rodrigo Santoro) and the wacko gun-crazy Lewis (Johnny Knoxville), who gives his weapons pet names.

When Cortez races into town, Owens and his team are ready for him. The rest of the tale is predictable and conformist to a fault. The good and bad guys alike run around with intimidating weapons and menacing accents. Owens ultimately takes matters into his own hands, setting the stage for a big anticipated showdown. With insane amount of gunfire and creative carnage, blood spurts, sprays and sometimes gushes, making you squirm.

The final half-hour, offers some amusing and amusingly violent moments - car chase, high energy shootouts, showdowns and one-liners. But what stands out visually is the intimate car chase through a cornfield.

As for the performances, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays himself as a 65-year-old veteran with a blank inexpressive dialogue delivery. The strongest impressions are made by Zach Gilford as the touchingly inexperienced cop and Noriega's diabolical-looking goatee.

Director Kim Jee-woon, in his debut American film, has got most of the components of his film right: the cast, their performances, Ji Yong Kim's sharp HD lensing, Mowg's neo-Western-flavored score and Franco Carbone's well-mounted production design.

Overall, it rounds off as a classy tech package. But the problem is, Andrew Knauer's script. It seems outdated with the story.

Though tailor-made for Schwarzenegger, "The Last Stand" is a huge let down since it relies heavily on cliches and easy payoffs.

Watch it if you have nothing better to do.
Explosive trailer: John Abraham as a gangster in 'Shootout At Wadala'
 
Box office: 'Inkaar' has a dull start
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
The Expendables 3: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger wow fans in Macau
The Expendables 3: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger wow fans in Macau
Movie Review: 'The Expendables 3' is high on action
Movie Review: 'The Expendables 3' is high on action
Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger praises Sylvester Stallone
Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger praises Sylvester Stallone
The Expendables 3: It’s raining icons!
The Expendables 3: It’s raining icons!
Tags :
,
,
,
,
,
comments powered by Disqus


 
Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Poonam Pandey | Sherlyn Chopra | Alia Bhatt | New Hindi Movies

Photo Galleries 

Video: Deadly Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer’

‘Wish I could dance like Hrithik Roshan,’ says Aamir Khan

Priyanka Chopra at ‘Mary Kom’ screening

Bipasha Basu promotes ‘Creature 3D’ at Honey Singh’s ‘India's Raw Star’

Rani Mukerji visits GSB Ganesh Pandal

Poonam Pandey at Andheri Cha Raja Pandal

Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor at ‘Finding Fanny’ screening

John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri at Reebok Studio launch
Wallpapers 

Salman Khan Wallpapers

Raja Natwarlal Wallpapers

Jacqueline Fernandez Wallpapers

Gauahar Khan Wallpapers

Mardaani Wallpapers

Mad About Dance Wallpapers
Hot Celebrities 

Deepika Padukone

Parineeti Chopra

Surveen Chawla
New Movies 

Raja Natwarlal

Step Up: All In

The November Man
Videos 

‘Raja Natwarlal’ song ‘Namak Paare’ featuring Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick

Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor in freaky song ‘Fanny Re’

Watch two Suriyas in action-packed 'Anjaan' trailer

Trailer ‘Happy New Year’ starring Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone

'Daawat-e-Ishq' featuring Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra

Sonam Kapoor’s wild and sensuous side in 'Khoobsurat' song 'Engine Ki Seeti'


Copyright © ApunKaChoice.com
ApunKaChoice.com : Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Bollywood Wallpapers
privacy policy
Partner Sites : Sports - CricketZone - IndiaExpress.com [ Mobiles Festivals Bikes Cars ] - CardWeaver

photo gallery - new movies - celebs - wallpapers - the celeb A-Z - News & Gossip - Music - Video - Hot Topics
Anushka Sharma - Katrina Kaif - Kareena Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra - Deepika Padukone - Sonakshi Sinha - Aishwarya Rai - Poonam Pandey - Sherlyn Chopra
Salman Khan ( Bigg Boss 6 ) - Shahrukh Khan - Shahid Kapoor - Hrithik Roshan - Aamir Khan - Ranbir Kapoor