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The Last Stand 

Action schlock, but heartfelt action schlock

click to enlarge "My day job's pretty lax, actually. Finding time for a movie was no biggie."
  • "My day job's pretty lax, actually. Finding time for a movie was no biggie."

Arnold is back, rising once again from obsolescence—and helping us forget his time as a duly elected political official—with the wham-bang action flick The Last Stand. Schwarzenegger, here an overqualified sheriff of a sleepy southern border town, is thrust back into action when the world's most dangerous drug kingpin escapes from the FBI and races home to Mexico the quickest way he can. A route that puts Arnold's idyllic town as the only thing standing in crime's way. Able players aplenty make the most of some ridiculous co-starring roles; including trigger-happy Johnny Knoxville and cartel mercenary Peter Stormare. Korean auteur Jim Ji-woon, here playing with his first Hollywood canvas, takes the rudimentary elements of action shlock and somehow reinvigorates them enough to feel fresh. A big heartfelt shoot-em-up, The Last Stand wears its wonton destruction gleefully on its sleeve.

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