The ruthless head of the Mexican drug cartel is being transported to an undisclosed location by the FBI. During this armored escort, the man escapes, heading straight for the Mexican border seemingly one step ahead of the FBI at every turn. The only thing standing in this ruthless criminals way? A small town sherriff and his inexperienced deputies who are forced to protect their town. Jee-woon Kim's The Last Stand is a stripped down cheesy, but ultimately fun action film that is a nice welcome back vehicle for Arnold Schwarznegger. The Last Stand is certainly a throwback style action film which really uses Arnold's age as an advantage. The Last Stand never takes itself too seriously but is able to hold on to some dramatic resonance and tension. Jee-woo Kim's American debut is not nearly as artful as his earlier films but he still bring a lot of energy to the film with his sepia-soaked aesthetic being prevalent. Jee-woo Kim seemed to draw quite a bit from American Westerns as well, with the final 30 minutes or so playing out very similar to a typical standoff sequence, capturing the silence before to storm of violence and death. If you are a fan of Arnold than you should definitely see The Last Stand but if you're not, Peter Stormare gives a great swarmy, hammy performance. Oh, and gotta love the Harry Dean Stanton cameo. The Last stand isn't profound but its a fun, old school action film that is sure to entertain fans of old-school action films.
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