Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Last Stand

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 59% (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: Jee-woon Kim
Written By: Andrew Knauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and George Nolfi
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis: The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

The Good:
I am a sucker for a goofy action movie especially if Arnold Schwarzenegger is in it. So I really enjoyed see an older and more grizzled versio of Arnold the action hero doing his thing. And even though he is pushing a billion years old I never once felt like it was far fetched for his character to be doing the things he did in this movie.
I alkso enjoyed the slick directing style from Korean director Jee-woon Kim. He made all of the scenes pop and even when nothing much was going on the scenes still had an energy to them.

The Bad:
The bad guys in this movie were underwhelming as all hell. You have to have a bigger than life villain in these types of movies and without one the stakes never seemed as high as the movie tried to make them.
There was also a major waste of Forrest Whitaker’s talent. He should have been mixing it up with Arnold more instead of spending the majority of the film in a control room.
And the addition of a Fast & The Furious style super-fast sports car was unnecessary.

The Ugly:
The humor in this film was awful when done by anyone but Arnold. That little bit with the old lady dressed like she just shuffled in from a Little House on the Prairie reboot had me audibly groaning.

Final Verdict: A throwback to the action yarns from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s heyday directed by a very stylistic director. While the look of the film deserves some recognition I am very eager to see Jee-woon Kim given a better script so that he can make a Hollywood movie reminiscent of his amazing Korean films like I Saw The Devil. And in the Arnold scale of action movies, The Last Stand falls more in the area of Red Heat than Terminator.

Rating: C+

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