After leaving his LAPD narcotics post, Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But following a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward this ill-prepared town at 200mph in a specially outfitted super-car. Owens and his unequipped force are the only thing standing in the cartel boss' way... And it's up to them to put up the last stand.
A leader of a drug cartel, on the brink of being put away for good, busts out of a court house and heads for the Mexican border; he doesn’t count on the sheriff of a small Arizona town being none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger however.
As you can imagine, with Arnie at the helm, this is an action packed shoot-fest, with lots of speeding cars and some surprisingly gory violence. The gross out humour elements of the film manage to make it appeal to those in the audience who might be fans of the now ancient American Pie films or the Jackass syndicate, the leader of which stars in this very piece.
There’s not a lot to say about the Last Stand the direction from Korean action film maker Kim Jee-Woon in his first Hollywood feature does give the film a certain edge over its American counterparts, although whether this makes it better or not is debateable. The extreme and rather excessive violence is counter balanced by rather cartoonish stunts and a frenzied pace and tone. Imagine Wile E Coyote and Road Runner but with more machine guns than anvils.
Personally I could not have been more bored by the Last Stand; its characters were meaningless caricatures and the narrative completely predictable whilst the comedy was less light relief and more bladder release. It takes a certain type of person to enjoy a movie like this and I for one am not one of them.