Friday, 25 January 2013

The Last Stand Review

Words by Mike Jonas

Back in 2003,former bodybuilder and Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger reprised his role for “Terminator 3: Rise of the machines” for what many of us thought would be his last to become a political figure for the state of California. Despite the odd bit part here and there for the Expendables films during his elected time as governor, Arnold like his infamous Terminator character always prophesized one day “He’d be back”.

Thankfully Arnold has finally made good on that promise and returned back to his film roots for his first lead role in ten years for the crime thriller “The Last Stand”. As sheriff of the small “nothing ever happens on the verge of boring” town of Sommerton, Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is faced with the task of stopping an escaped international drug lord from crossing the Mexican Border.

With the help of Johnny Knoxville (Jackass fame), Jaimie Alexander (Thor) and Luis Guzm├ín (Carlito's Way), “The Last Stand” has proven to be a entertaining watch filled with comical one-liners and for all you motors heads out there some fast car action involving a flash Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (CAUTION: Googling his vehicle may cause readers to drool).

Whilst the action from Arnold sadly isn’t as intense to the level were all used to seeing, and doesn’t really kick in until the last half,it’s still more than what was delivered in Expendables 2 last year. Watchers will still be amazed by just how much the now 65 year old is capable of doing, but if you’re anything like me having him back on screen is a good enough, if not the only reason to cheer.

Another thing I personally found interesting when viewing the film was the type of references being made by Arnold’s character, it’s hard to decide if its scripted dialog or adlibs based on his own personal experiences. Obviously I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but just listen carefully throughout to see what you think.

Although receiving a slow and to a degree a disappointing response from US viewers last week for its opening weekend, the anticipation is still high as the film begins its European release today (24th January).

Please refer to local cinemas for listing times and details

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