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
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.
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 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 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.