After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
Despite the trailers showing an out-of-shape Arnold Schwarzenegger hobbling around with a shotgun, The Last Stand had a lot of promise. The cast, ranging from Schwarzenegger himself, to Johnny Knoxville and Forest Whitaker, and the director, Kim Jee-Woon, whose filmography includes I Saw the Devil, combined to make this one seem like a sure bet. The missing piece of the puzzle is the script, and it really is missing. The Last Stand has a relatively interesting premise in which a cartel leader makes a prison break and flees for the border. He passes through a small town where sheriff Arnold must stop him. Unfortunately it fills the rest of the story in with stereotypical characters, cliched motives, and glacial pacing. Schwarzenegger tries his best (as always, but you know what... Read Review