Arnold is back! Although you wouldn’t know it from the box office receipts that The Last Stand pulled in. The beginning of 2013 was a sad time for action icons as Jason Statham’s film Parker, Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand and Stallone’s Bullet to the Head all bombed big time at the theatres. Oddly enough though, that seems to be happening to quite a few great action movies lately, with Dredd, A Good Day to Die Hard, Gangster Squad and Broken City all failing to perform on the big screen. And strangely, most of them are turning out to be pretty damn good films. With their home video releases in progress right now, I have really liked Parker, The Last Stand, Dredd and Gangster Squad, so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the pack measures up.
Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is the sheriff of sleepy little Sommerton Junction. Formerly of the LAPD, Owens left the hectic life of the city behind to live in the less eventful little town. But when Owens gets a call that an escaped FBI prisoner has taken to the road in a super powered race car in an effort to make it to Mexico, the only way for him to get there is right through the heart of Sommerton Junction. Teamed up with his tiny police force and the help of a local nutjob gun freak (Johnny Knoxville), Owens has sworn the criminal will not make it through his town.
Directed by acclaimed Korean director Jee-woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil), The Last Stand is a borderline action comedy and a great one at that. Arnold is in top form with great one liners, and a solid character that really does harken back to his memorable character roster of the past. He has not lost any of his charisma and he really makes the getting older thing work for him here. I for one and glad he is back and I am looking forward with great anticipation to Escape Plan, Ten and of course, The Legend of Conan.
The Blu-ray from Alliance/eOne is gorgeous. The New Mexico locations just look stunning in HD, and every single wrinkle on Arnold’s face is in fine detail. Colors are saturated and bold, the soundtrack is booming and immersive and the overall picture quality is superb. Don’t go by the box office performance, if you are a fan of Arnold or just really fun action pictures, check out The Last Stand.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.