Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Movie Review: The Last Stand

An aging sheriff, of a sleepy little town near the US-Mexico border, has to put up resistance for an international criminal who is trying to flee US on a high speed car. While the criminal has all the resources that money can buy at his disposal, the sheriff only has a band of misfits. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the aging sheriff Ray Owens and Eduardo Noriega as the fleeing criminal Gabriel Cortez.

At the core, it is a David v/s Goliath match. What makes this movie a passable watch is the direction by Kim Jee-Woon and the photography by Kim Ji-Yong. The movie has high speed car chases, stunts using the getaway vehicle, heavy duty gunfire, fistfights and bad acting. Essentially, there is everything you look for in a Schwarzenegger movie.

Although the action takes a while to pick up, the comic scenes by Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville keeps you smiling during the buildup. When the action starts, it is not the adrenaline that gets you. Instead it is the nostalgia of the old Schwarzenegger movies. All of it is there. Not necessarily in a better format. But definitely, in a form that will be satifsy the fans. When the chase ends up in the corn field, direction and photography comes into foreground. The chase and the hide-n-seek using the two cars - Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - is worthy to be watched. 

Jaimie Alexander and Rodrigo Santoro plays the quintessential couple whose relationship is being tested amid the chaos. Forest Whitaker delivers one of the worst performances in his career as the FBI man.

This is for Schwarzenegger fans. If you are not one, I still recommend this if you have nothing else to do as there is no heavy duty thinking to be understand in order to understand this movie.

Language: English 

Genre: Action 

Rating: **

For trailer, click here.

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