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514 Ratings

The Last Stand

Directed by Kim Jee-woon
United States, 2013
Action, Comedy


The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

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The Last Stand Directed by Kim Jee-woon
[The plot] alone could make for satisfyingly stripped-down genre fare all on its own, but a great deal of The Last Stand’s raucous energy comes from its acute casting. As a former narcotics officer with a distaste for violence, Schwarzenegger’s Sheriff Ray Owens is a cheeky cinematic/political catalyst to the film’s melting-pot cast of characters, and precisely the kind of downplayed comeback role the aging star’s career needed, if not quite the one he deserved.
May 16, 2013
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It’s obviously a Bad Movie: lame, erratic, sometimes risible. It does end strongly, in an extended shoot-out that doesn’t disgrace Korean director Kim Jee-woon (though it doesn’t match the pugnacious power of his outrageously good I Saw the Devil), but everything before that is snooze-worthy.
March 26, 2013
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The film feels like a South Korean action comedy with its funky compositions and fluid camerawork, which privilege spatial coherence over moment-to-moment sensation. This is enjoyable but familiar, full of craft and comic energy but devoid of thematic urgency or personal investment.
January 23, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • mjgildea's rating of the film The Last Stand

    For all that was wrong with this movie (and I'll admit there was plenty) I really didn't mind it all that much. The supporting cast was puzzling and the sets came off as a tad too synthetic. Harry Dean Stanton was a pleasant surprise and Peter Stormare's odd performance was right up there with anything Nicolas Cage has done in the past few years. Low expectations = an entertaining watch here.

  • SALESK's rating of the film The Last Stand

    amusing b-western revamped for a multiethnic america full of jolly, law-abiding immigrants and one reeeal bad hombre who don't play by the rules. like, imagine if john wayne was john qualen and lee marvin was a mexican. kim jee-woon contributes to the americanized feedback loop of hollywood/korean/hollywood-korean action cinema that is so thick with cross-references and homages, there's almost no separating them now.

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film The Last Stand

    If a 15 year old year mind and 65 mind old were conflicting with each other and created beauty, this would be it! This is everything I want out of a genre movie... a movie that embraces every aspect of the genre, so shameless, so much energy!

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film The Last Stand

    Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the screen as a small town sheriff facing a drug lord whose escape route to Mexico goes right through his town. A classic archetype from films such as HIGH NOON and RIO BRAVO, Schwarzenegger remains defiantly an action hero from another era, while the film plays to more self aware sensibilities. A thrillingly subversive upending of modern ironies falling before old fashioned honor.

  • CJ Roy's rating of the film The Last Stand

    Welcome to Hollywood Kim, where what earned you the title shot (physical camera that emphasizes his performers) is holding you back so let me take your coat and introduce you to the group who'll handle all your matters. Kim said about coming to Hollywood that he has a new found appreciation for "love". The biggest blemish in his oeuvre won't open a new chapter but close an old book.

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film The Last Stand

    A perfect play on colors. A mines of silly one liners. If there's an award for The Most Comic Booky Film Which Isn't Adapted From Comic Book, this'll win.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Last Stand

    Like with his I Saw the Devil, Jee-woon is a dazzling set piecer, but the creative detail is a mere skeleton, thus these scenes rarely pulse with as much energy and emotion as their razzle-dazzle should. The Last Stand only gets a heart and soul whenever a supporting law enforcement officer is slain. The type of film that if you text during its non-action scenes, you feel the exact same way during the actual action.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Last Stand

    A fun ride for sure! The script is really pedestrian and the dialogue is sometimes cringe-worthy but that does not matter. If you are looking for anything else than old school action and one liners you are out of luck. Sadly it's Kim who fares the worst, a first-rate director who in this movie has to manage with second-rate material. Adjust your expectations and you might have some fun with this forgettable actioner.

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