Our 16-year-old film blogger Jack Bool reviews The Last Stand
10:01 30 January 2013
It really is scary to think that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last leading role in a movie was 2003’s third Terminator movie, and although The Last Stand is far from Arnold’s best, I still thoroughly enjoyed it as it’s really just a pleasure to see him back on the big screen.
If you regularly visit my site then you should be aware that I am a big Arnie fan. The man truly is one of my favourite actors and I genuinely love quite a few of his films, so for me upon hearing about The Last Stand it was a no brainer for me to go and see it.
The Last Stand is a very simple movie and if you love dumb actions films then I couldn’t recommend it more highly as you’re bound to have a blast. The movie is basically about the leader of a drug cartel busting out of a courthouse and speeding to the Mexican border, and the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
The thing I love about this film is that it’s simply fun and its completely self-aware, it’s not pretending to be anything different. It knows what it is, one hundred percent. In order to maximise your enjoyment of this film you really need to shut off your brain, kick back and relax because if you do I can’t see anyone having a problem with this film. Normally when I hear actors say that the film they just so happen to be starring in includes everything, I normally think it’s a really poor attempt at marketing, but this film really does have everything. It’s got some great set-pieces, a bit of romance (if you’re into that type of thing) and a wicked sense of humour as well as the typical Arnold one-liners.
In terms of acting it’s a typical Schwarzenegger performance. I think it’s fairly obvious that he’s not the best actor to ever grace the Earth, but the man is a legend and as I said it’s just great to see him back doing what he does best. Johnny Knoxville makes an appearance as does Forest Whitaker and the acting is simply solid, it’s not great but this isn’t the type of film that you go to watch for the acting now is it?
The only gripes I really have with this film are that for the first twenty minutes it really took a while to get going. Don’t get me wrong I acknowledge the fact that Forest Whitaker is a great actor but to begin with he was just in it too much. I did not come to watch The Last Stand for anyone else, but the Governator and rather disappointingly he did occasionally disappear for long periods of time, but nonetheless minus the first half an hour, he certainly made his appearance warranted, especially during the last sequence, which could well be one of the most fun experiences I have had in a movie theatre in a long time.
The Last Stand isn’t up there with the likes of Predator or The Terminator, but it’s not really that type of film. If you’re looking for a classic Arnie movie in the same vein as Commando then you’ll certainly find a lot to like here, as it is a barrel of fun.