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“Schwarzenegger Needs Better Dialogues”- THE LAST STAND Review



With the release date of the Stallone/Schwarzenegger movie Escape Plan drawing nearer, i decided to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last movie- The Last Stand, which was released some months back.

The plot of The Last Stand is quite simple enough which probably explains the decent running time. However there is no qualms with either the running time or the plot as they manage to present enough on the screen to actually keeps the viewers in their seat. Before i drift off talking about the movie and what it lacks or makes up for you should check out the plot outline- The movie follows a small town sheriff (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his deputies who must stop a dangerous drug lord from escaping to Mexico in a modified sports car.

For a movie which is supposed to be one for the action movie lovers, The Last Stand doesn’t disappoint as the director Kim Ji-woon inserts enough elements into the movie to  make even a Schwarzenegger critic enjoy watching the movie.

While the action  scenes and the story sequence of the movie are commendable, the dialogues were really below par and as usual Arnold was given one too many one-liners and the only thing missing was him ending the movie with “I’ll be back“. It’s obvious that Schwarzenegger is no longer the action star he was before he turned governor, however that doesn’t excuse writers giving his character lame dialogues in his recent movies (The Expendables 1 & 2 and The Last Stand) which makes me reiterate something a friend once said; “Schwarzenegger Needs Better Dialogues than this.

Arnold isn’t the only familiar face you see in the movie as Forest Whitaker and Peter Stormare(John Abruzzi in Prison Break) have significant roles in the movie while Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Luis Guzmán, Jaimie Alexander and Eduardo Noriega also put in decent performances on their part.

The last Stand was worth every minute spent watching it and hopefully other action movie lovers will give it a chance and decided to watch it just like i did.

Movie Mark: 6/10

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