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The Last Stand film review – Home entertainment

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(Rating: 15, 107 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge

Starring – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Johnny Knoxville.

With the exception of a cameo in The Expendables, The Last Stand marks Arnie’s big return to films, following on from his stint as the Governator of California to take on the role of a small town sheriff.

The film centres around drug baron Gabriel Cortez (Noriega), who escapes FBI custody to make a break for freedom in a car that would have looked at home in Fast and Furious 6.  

Meanwhile, Agent Bannister (Whitaker) was the hapless officer in charge of the operation when Cortez went missing, and he makes it his mission to do whatever it takes in order to track him down. By whatever it takes, I actually mean sit in the office, shout at people, look bemused, and prompt officer after officer to pursue the motor-wielding madman.

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Oh yeah, Arnie’s big return. It transpires that Cortez is headed for the Mexican border, and his escape route is headed directly for Sheriff Ray Owens’ – sounds like a reasonable name for a man with a thick Austrian accent – town for his final pit stop. With the FBI bumbling around aimlessly, it’s down to seasoned veteran Owens and his inexperienced troops to stop Cortez and his endless supply of heavily-armed accomplices.

The film felt rather disjointed, and almost as if it had been stitched together from a medley of scenes from different movies – one minute there’s death, the next minute there’s slapstick antics. And despite the grand return to entertainment, it seemed as though Schwarzenegger didn’t have that much screen time, what with a lot of the story following Cortez doing his best Dom Toretto impression and Bannister pulling his hair out.

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The time spent with Arnie was enjoyable enough as he played up the I’m-too-old-for-this with ease, but like his character, the film also felt quite tired and out of steam.

4/10

The Last Stand is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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