Genre: Action, comedy
Running Time: 107 minutes
Director: Jee-Woon Kim
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker
Synopsis: “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” (IMDb).
Verdict: The early Rotten Tomatoes score for the film is overly generous (100%) but it will definitely decline when more reviews emerge to the site. The Last Stand is no where as entertaining as Arnold’s older action movies but it is fine enough to be an official sign-off for his fans to swallow. It has almost every element a typical Arnold flick should have – big guns, car chases, helicopter, corny one lines, lazily written dialogues, multiple minor plot holes, decent humour… the only thing that’s really lacking is the action. The action is really insufficient here and the actual “last stand” in the film is not as epic as the synopsis and title suggest. For those who’ve seen plenty of action films in your life, prepare to be slightly disappointed with how ordinary this one is. Johnny Knoxville fans, be prepared to be even more disappointed.
Second opinion: “Nice to watch” (Iris Loong).
Malaysian censorship: Nothing is cut at all. Nothing much to cut anyway.
Rating: 2 / 5 (See Ratings Guide)
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Plot hole 1: When the antagonist is doing his “spectacular building-to-building escape” from the FBI prisoner convoy, how is it possible that the SWAT team arrive for assistance before the helicopter? There is helicopter sound effects in the background of the scene but none is actually seen until he gets onto the car. If there’s one flying around, the antagonist should not be able to keep out of sight when he’s sliding from a building’s rooftop to another building.
Plot hole 2: Why isn’t the FBI smart enough to estimate the antagonist’s fuel usage and dispatch teams to petrol stations? He is accelerating a sport car at high speed all the way to Mexico, for sure he would need to make a couple of stops for to refuel right? But probably I’m wrong ’cause fuel is never a concern at all in the movie.
Plot hole 3: During the shootout scene between the two deputies (Jerry and Sarah) and the army of villains, the bad guys somehow do not notice that Arnold’s vehicle is dashing toward them even when they are all on a wide open field. They should at least notice the sound of the engine coming from a far. I guess that’s why some of them deserve to be run over by the vehicle?
Plot hole 4: A female deputy can use sniper like a pro without any practice. Prior to that, she also explains how afraid she is when in combat. But there she goes looking very comfortable during their “last stand” against the army of villains.
Plot hole 5: The antagonist is a bad ass talented former racer, driving a sport car that’s modified to be faster than all helicopter and common sport cars but manages lose to good o’ Arnold in a car chase.
How convenient! In this small town, there’s an experienced former LAPD who kicks ass, a weapon museum where there are plenty of big guns to use, a Mexico border at the back where the bad guy fugitive’s going for, and a sport car parked at the side of the road with the key handed directly to the protagonist at the very beginning of the film.
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Thanks to Nuffnang again for the invites to yet another the premiere.