World-famous action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the silver screen with Korean director Kim Jee-Woon’s hard-hitting US directorial debut, “The Last Stand”. And “The Last Stand” is many things from violence, to action, to a little dabbling with good ol’ humour.
True, it has been oh, only about a decade since Arnold has had a leading role in a film. But if the intention of watching this film isn’t to see the action superstar pull this one off after his “absence”, then perhaps it’s to witness Kim Jee-Woon’s first American filmmaking debut.
First of all, Arnold takes on the role of Sheriff Ray Owens, who left his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wrecked with remorse and regret. He then moves out of Los Angeles and settles into a life in sleepy border town Summerton Junction that requires him to fight close to zero crime. But like a sleeping dragon (or giant, whichever works best), his peace and quiet is shattered when the most notorious, wanted Mexican cartel leader, Gabriel Cortez (played by Eduardo Noriega), decides to just “swing by” on his escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.
Here comes the part where they invite you to trigger-happy, seemingly bloodthirsty, and high-adrenaline scenes. In fact, as audience, we get invited behind the wheel of a Corvette ZR1 (read: more than 1000-hp and can basically fly over 200 mph).
That and some battle of firearms. So don’t say we didn’t warn you beforehand if you find yourself diving headfirst into all that action! Can we also add that all that action leads to a typical Western showdown scene? We love it!
Not too shabby for director Kim’s first American film venture and not bad at all for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback. “The Last Stand” is something you wouldn’t expect to be impressed with or even decide to watch, to begin with. But we ask you to be pleasantly surprised with this one:
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“The Last Stand” is out now in a cinema near you. Do we think you should catch it? We don’t see why not.
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