Considering the high calibre of most of the other movies that have been released recently, if you’re looking for a fast paced, loud, high-octane shoot-em-up that you don’t have to think about then The Last Stand is the one for you.
Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the Sherriff of sleepy border town of Sommerton Junction in Arizona. Life is quiet and boring, save for the antics of a few crazy locals including vintage arms collector Lewis Dunkum (Johnny Knoxville).
Meanwhile, far away in Las Vegas, international drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) escapes the clutches of the FBI, making his escape in a high performance sports car and heading towards Mexico. Hot on his heels are Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) and his team, who are constantly being bested by the henchmen of Cortez.
The last line of defence before the border is Sherriff Owens, his inexperienced deputies, and overly eager arms collector Lewis. And when Cortez and his henchmen finally show up on their turf, the locals teach him a lesson, ‘Sommerton style’!
This movie requires you to just sit back, watch and enjoy. You could easily pick holes in the plot (there are many of them) or become annoyed by the terrible dialogue and bad acting (and it is terrible at points), but where’s the fun in that. You get what you pay for in this movie: big guns, fast cars, a good old shoot-em-up, corny mid-gun-fight one liners and Arnie just being good at what he does best.
So despite The Last Stand not being a great movie, if you can manage to enjoy it at face value you are guaranteed to have a fun and entertaining 107 minutes.