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28 May 2013

Blu-Ray Review: It's Nice to See Arnie Back on the Big Screen, but 'The Last Stand' Is a Dud

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to movies as a headliner not only bombed domestically; The Last Stand was a massive international bomb. It didn’t make back its relatively meager $45 million budget during its theatrical run—a big fall for the man who used to be the world’s biggest movie star.

In truth, this is not the greatest of surprises, because the movie is not very good.

Arnie plays a sheriff in a border town who finds himself squaring off with a drug-cartel baddie and his cronies. Johnny Knoxville shows up as the kooky sidekick (again), and Luis Guzman shows up and does his normal thing.

Arnie is in good form; it’s the film that seems stale. It feels like 12 movies you’ve seen before cobbled together as a warm-up for a guy who has been out of the game for a few years. It’s too bad; Arnie should’ve made his comeback vehicle a film in which he was fighting aliens or trading quips with Danny DeVito.

This mediocre rip-off of Assault on Precinct 13 doesn’t do him justice.

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker plays an FBI agent who spends most of the film yelling into telephones and staring at computer screens.

Special Features: There are deleted and extended scenes, along with some behind-the-scenes docs.

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