The Last Stand
The Last Stand is a 2013 action film written by Andrew Knauer and directed by Kim Ji-woon. The film is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first leading role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. This is the first American production for Kim Ji-woon and cinematographer Kim Ji-yong as well as composer Mowg.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Last Stand – Plot
Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction, Arizona, after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled and his team decimated. One night, international drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) makes a daring escape from FBI custody in Las Vegas and speeds off in a modified Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, taking Agent Ellen Richards (Génesis Rodríguez) as his hostage as he races southbound toward Mexico at speeds over 200 mph. Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) has a blockade set up in Bullhead City, Arizona, but Cortez’s men mow down the police officers on site and clear the road for him to continue his getaway. Cortez also uses his extraordinary driving skills to immobilize two SWAT vehicles headed toward Summerton Junction. Before flying to Arizona, Agent Bannister has his team do a financial background check on all agents involved to find out how Cortez managed to escape so easily.
Sometime past 4:00 in the morning, Owens dispatches deputies Jerry Bailey (Zach Gilford) and Sarah Torrance (Jaimie Alexander) to visit the residence of the local farmer Parsons (Harry Dean Stanton), who has suddenly missed his usual milk delivery at the diner. After discovering that Parsons has been murdered, the deputies follow a trail of tire tracks that lead them to Cortez’s henchman Burrell (Peter Stormare) and his mercenary cutthroats, who are planting a mobile assault bridge across the canyon that marks the U.S./Mexico border. Bailey is fatally shot in the middle of a shootout between the deputies and the thugs before Owens rushes in to bring his officers back to his precinct. Shortly after being notified by Agent Bannister of Cortez’s presence, Owens gathers Torrance and senior Deputy Mike Figuerola (Luis Guzmán) while deputizing jailed local Frank Martinez (Rodrigo Santoro), who is grieving the loss of his friend Bailey and eager for payback, and vintage arms collector Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville) to protect their town.
At 7:10 a.m., Owens and his deputies have the town’s main road barricaded with cars when Burrell and his men arrive, prompting a lengthy shootout. Armed only with a Tommy Gun, Figuerola holds off the thugs before being gunned down by a sniper. He is hurt but survives. Owens and Dinkum mow down majority of the thugs with a Vickers machine gun mounted on the back of a school bus, while Torrance snipes several gunmen on the rooftops. After Owens puts a bullet in Burrell’s head, Cortez’s Corvette eventually arrives in town, veering past the barricade as Owens and the deputies shoot at it. Cortez ejects Agent Richards from the car before speeding through a corn field. Suddenly, he encounters the Mayor’s red Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 commandeered by Owens before both cars collide with a tractor. A dazed Cortez continues his escape on foot, but Owens meets him at the bridge. Owens ignores Cortez’s bribe offers before both men wrestle each other. Despite sustaining slashes and stab wounds from Cortez’s push dagger, Owens defeats the drug lord and handcuffs him before dragging him back into town with the battered Camaro. Agent Bannister arrives to take Cortez back into custody and arrests Agent Richards for taking the drug lord’s bribe and aiding in his escape. Deputies Figuerola and Dinkum are taken to the hospital to be treated for their wounds. As the Mayor sees what is left of his Camaro, Owens warns him about parking in the fire lane before he, Torrance and Martinez walk into the diner.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Last Stand – Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Sheriff Ray Owens
Johnny Knoxville as Lewis Dinkum
Rodrigo Santoro as Frank Martinez
Zach Gilford as Deputy Jerry Bailey
Forest Whitaker as Agent John Bannister
Génesis Rodríguez as Agent Ellen Richards
Jaimie Alexander as Deputy Sarah Torrance
Luis Guzmán as Deputy Mike Figuerola
Peter Stormare as Burrell
Eduardo Noriega as Gabriel Cortez
Daniel Henney as Agent Phil Hayes
Tait Fletcher as Eagan
John Patrick Amedori as Agent Mitchell
Harry Dean Stanton as Parsons
Titos Menchaca as the Mayor
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Last Stand – Production
Filming started on October 17, 2011 in Belen, New Mexico and Nevada. On December 17, 2011 shooting of the film was briefly interrupted, but on January 3, 2012 it continued. The processing ended February 2, 2012 and the subsequent post-production continued in Los Angeles. The theatrical trailer premiered with The Expendables 2 and has been available online since August 2012. The film was released worldwide on January 17, 2013 and in North America the following day.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Last Stand – Reception
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 115 reviews with the consensus stating: “There’s nothing particularly distinguished about it, but for Schwarzenegger fans, The Last Stand provides perfectly undemanding entertainment.” Metacritic has the film rated at 55 out of 100, based on 27 reviews.
IGN editor Jim Vejvoda rated the film 6 out of 10 and wrote “The movie’s shortcomings are clear whenever anyone is required to speak or act. That may not be the reason why most viewers will go to see The Last Stand, but it’s grating enough to chip away at the overall enjoyment of the film. The Last Stand is a formulaic action flick, but it still delivers enough decent car stunts, shoot-outs and fistfights to warrant a look-see for Arnold fans”.
Richard Roeper enjoyed the film, giving it three stars out of four and stating, “If you’ve got violent-movie fatigue, and you’re too exhausted from real-life carnage on the news to enjoy an R-rated blood-fest in which a number of kills are executed as deliberately funny visual punchlines, you do not want to go anywhere near this film. But if you’re a fan of stylish, relentlessly loud shootouts, questionable plot developments be damned, this is your ticket to weekend escapism.”
The Last Stand – Links
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Bullhead City Arizona
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Chevrolet Corvette C6
- Eduardo Noriega
- Financial Background
- Forest Whitaker
- Gabriel Cortez
- Harry Dean Stanton
- Jaimie Alexander
- Jerry Bailey
- Kim Ji
- Milk Delivery
- Peter Stormare
- Ray Owens
- Terminator 3
- Terminator 3 Rise Of The Machines
- Zach Gilford