During a delicious 60 seconds or so in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie, The Last Stand, two bad guys are dispatched to their eternal punishment in memorable fashion. It may say something about Schwarzenegger’s post-gubernatorial future in action movies that he is not the trigger man in either killing.
The Last Stand gives Schwarzenegger his first major role since he left the California governorship, and, sure, he fires some guns and gets a few of those Schwarzenegger one-liners (though none likely to achieve the catchphrase status of “I’ll be back”). But other heroics are parcelled out to a supporting cast that includes Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander and Johnny Knoxville. At 65, Schwarzenegger can no longer be expected to do it all.
Here he plays the sheriff of a small town on the Mexico border, an ill-fitting role. Sorry, big guy, but making small talk with the locals at the diner just isn’t you.
The sheriff and his deputies have to stop a drug lord who has engineered a particularly improbable escape from custody and is headed for the border in a supercharged Corvette. The South Korean director Kim Jee-woon fails to dazzle with the endless speeding-car sequences, but that 60-second flourish during a lengthy firefight is almost worth the tedium.
The last stand (u/a)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare, Eduardo Noriega, Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville
Running time: 107 minutes