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Ultima reduta (2013)

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  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 25 January 2013 (Romania)
  • Runtime: 107 min
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  • IMDb page: Ultima reduta (2013)
  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 2,275 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 25 January 2013 (Romania)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $30,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Jee-woon Kim
  • Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Mowg   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Sheriff | Escape | Convoy | Small Town | Prisoner

Writing Credits By:

  • Andrew Knauer  screenplay and
  • Jeffrey Nachmanoff  rewrite &
  • George Nolfi  writing supervisor
  • Andrew Knauer  story

Known Trivia

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first lead role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • This film reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger with his old “Predator” co-star Sonny Landham. The 2 actors have not appeared together on-screen since 1987.

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.Written by Production  

Synopsis

Synopsis: While surfing the net to uncover information on a suspicious drug dealing former NFL San-Francisco 49er, the Sheriff unexpectably opened a page, uncovering pictures of young Simolian children. Curiosity gets the best of him and he clicks onto a link about the charity for the somolian children.

Suddenly a manifesto of some type appears with the title "THE BLACK EAGLE HAS LANDED".

The manifesto listed underlined names on the leftside of the page and they appeared to be from a foreign country. This sparks the Sheriff’s attention and he clicks on the first name.

It opens and all he sees is a paragragh of words in no particular order. Suddenly he discovers what appears to be a coded paragraph. After looking at each word individually he notices a pattern. He then discovers that the words MURDER, a name of an individual, date, place, and time are hidden in the sentances. He puts it together and realizes it is a ordered hit.

The Sheriff continues down the list of names and uncovers several official personnel are to be executed so he immediately saves the manifesto to the desktop of the computer.

The Sheriff decides he must relay this information to officials, but who? Who can he trust? His past hasn’t been exactly what you call ordinary. He had lost all ties with the people he had once trusted due to a mental breakdown following a severe head injury he sustained from a deceptive, dangerous criminal who was still at large.

The Sheriff decides to take the laptop with him to Spokane, where he will visit a friend and decide how to handle this new information he just intercepted accidentally.

That night he decides to go to the local train station and take the train to Spokane, but as he leaves his driveway he notices a vehicle pull in behind him a little to close for comfort and very suspicious, speeding up and backing off over and over.

The Sheriff begins to pick up speed and the car just follows relentlessly, not giving the Sheriff an inch to spare. Finally the Sheriff decides to take a random exit just to confirm this car is really following him and he’s not just paranoid, but he was absolutely being followed.

The Sheriff tries desperately to lose his tail, but without a doubt this crazed madman or madwoman is going to get him and he’s convinced it has to be related to the undercover drug intel he had just gathered. The Sheriff had just compiled a list of about 12 dangerous drug dealers in the local area and his cover had been blown by a friend (or so he thought he was a friend).

The Sheriff continues at a high rate of speed down highway 101 heading towards Aberdeen when he decides there is no choice, but to get off the highway and find help.

Upon ending up in Aberdeen he loses the madman in a housing development, but not for long. He sees he’s being followed again so he turns off his headlights and hits the gas and gets around a corner just in time to lose the tail long enough to stop the car, jump out and grab up his gun, laptop, survival gear and run like hell into the blackness which would feel like the night no one should ever have to endure in a lifetime.

The terror became pure survival and almost exciting for the Sheriff. His nightvision became very focused and he ran toward some empty buildings on metal foundations in an industrial area along the water.

Where to hide and get a good site on this crazed person? Finally the Sheriff found a building he could climb under and climb up in the metal foundation and hide away in the shadows and wait for the crazy man to come for him.

He had to remain so quit and still as he heard a female scream "That fucking Bitch" and pounded on what sounded like a hood of a car. A small dog barked and a male spoke to her, but the Sheriff couldn’t recognize the voices. So he remained still as the couple walked around and around his hiding spot.

Thank god the dog was kept in the car. The crazy killers looked for hours and hours for the Sheriff by driving around and around and walking back and forth right in front of him, but they just couldn’t find him no matter how hard they tried. The Sheriffs heart beated so loudly that he thought for sure it would be the death of him. A dead give away, but no they couldn’t hear it. He became so sore and cold, but the adrenaline pumped keeping him alert and alive.

As daylight broke the 2 unknown

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura known as producer
  • Edward Fee known as executive producer
  • Miky Lee known as executive producer
  • Michael Paseornek known as executive producer
  • Hernany Perla known as supervising producer
  • Linda Pianigiani known as associate producer
  • Guy Riedel known as executive producer
  • John Sacchi known as supervising producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger known as Ray Owens
  • Forest Whitaker known as Agent John Bannister
  • Titos Menchaca known as Mayor
  • Peter Stormare known as Burrell
  • Richard Dillard known as Irv
  • Eduardo Noriega known as Gabriel Cortez
  • Luis Guzmán known as Mike Figuerola
  • Sonny Landham known as Henry
  • Jaimie Alexander known as Sarah Torrance
  • Mathew Greer known as Sam
  • Johnny Knoxville known as Lewis Dinkum
  • Chris Browning known as Pony Tail
  • Zach Gilford known as Jerry Bailey
  • Christiana Leucas known as Christie
  • Harry Dean Stanton
  • Genesis Rodriguez known as Agent Ellen Richards
  • Daniel Henney known as Phil Hayes
  • Rio Alexander known as Faceburn
  • John Patrick Amedori known as Agent Mitchell
  • James Burnett known as Poyo
  • David Midthunder known as Cohan
  • Tait Fletcher known as Eagan
  • Kristen Rakes known as Agent Devers
  • Mark Sivertsen known as Bucho
  • Jeff Sanders known as Swat Captain
  • Rodrigo Santoro known as Frank Martinez
  • Jermaine Washington known as McCesson
  • Melissa Molinaro
  • Eddie J. Fernandez known as Agent McKay (as Eddie Fernandez)
  • David House known as FBI Swat Team Leader
  • Diana R. Lupo known as Magnet Girl
  • David Kilde known as Van Passenger
  • Kearon Lehman known as FBI Agent
  • Billy Blair known as Man in Orange Suit
  • Mario Moreno known as The Lawyer
  • Kent Kirkpatrick known as Agent Korman
  • Dieter Rauter known as Nameless
  • Louis Brems known as Tactical FBI Agent
  • Elias Gallegos known as Helicopter Light OP
  • Gregory Leiker known as FBI SWAT
  • Don Ambabo known as FBI Helicopter Pilot
  • Terry Dale Parks known as State Trooper (as Terrence Parks)
  • Ross Kelly known as Vegas Check Point Cop
  • Ryan Jason Cook known as Board OP
  • Kelly Ruble known as FBI Agent
  • Kevin Wiggins known as Chief Elkins
  • Lois Geary known as Mrs. Salazar
  • Allan Padelford known as Pod Utility
  • Tim Booth known as Helicopter Pilot #2
  • Cliff Fleming known as Helicopter Pilot #3
  • Arron Shiver known as State Trooper
  • Scott Flick known as Diner Regular (uncredited)
  • Frank Powers known as FBI Agent (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Tarra D. Day known as makeup department head
  • Lee Gren known as graphic designer specialty tattoos: Tinsley Studio
  • Vanessa Jaramillo known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jennifer McDaniel known as key makeup artist
  • Yvette Meely known as key hair stylist: second unit
  • Ashlynne Padilla known as makeup artist
  • Copper Perry known as hair stylist: second unit
  • Geordie Sheffer known as hair department head
  • Corey Welk known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Chris Alvarez known as welding foreman
  • Brett Andrews known as armour/weapons coordinator
  • Derek Bensonhaver known as props
  • Shawn Caffrey known as propmaker
  • Alicia Castro Chicol known as co-art department coordinator
  • Jess Coffer known as set dresser
  • Chris Combs known as set dresser
  • Paula Dal Santo known as set designer
  • Ralph Diaz known as utility technician
  • James Duddy known as set dresser
  • John Fox known as storyboard artist
  • Miriam Gilbert known as assistant to production designer
  • Ram Goradia known as set dresser
  • Libbe Green known as set decoration buyer
  • Eddie Grisco known as property master (re-shoot)
  • Ricardo Guillermo known as set designer
  • Mark Hansen known as property master
  • Virginia Hopkins known as lead painter
  • Robert Jackson known as set dresser
  • Jessica Long known as art department production assistant
  • Amahl Lovato known as modelmaker
  • Steven Maes known as assistant art director
  • Roberta Marquez Seret known as art department coordinator
  • Vicki M. McWilliams known as art department coordinator
  • Nichole Miller known as on set painter
  • Nichole Miller known as property assistant
  • Josiah O'Neil known as set dresser
  • Dennis Riewerts known as drapery foreman
  • Siobhan Roome known as set designer
  • James Sapienz known as set dresser
  • Ian Scroggins known as leadman
  • Adrian Segura known as set dresser
  • Trina E. Siopy known as assistant property master
  • Ted Slampyak known as storyboard artist
  • Piero Spadaro known as set dresser
  • Spencer Stair known as props
  • Imery Watson known as concept artist
  • Christopher Windisch known as construction coordinator
  • Kil Won Yu known as art department assistant

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Di Bonaventura Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Allan Padelford Camera Cars  camera equipment provided by (Escalade and Edge System)
  • Allan Padelford Camera Cars  camera equipment provided by (Remote Drive System POD)
  • Absolut Video  HD video assist equipment by
  • Albuquerque Studios  soundstage
  • Camadeus Film Technologies  panther dolly by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Ignition Print  poster design (uncredited)
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack
  • Performance Filmworks  Edge Crane System
  • Soundelux  sound post-production
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Todd-AO Studios  sound post-production

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox of Germany (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Alfa Films (2013) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Belga Films (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Bontonfilm (2013) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Bontonfilm (2013) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Cascade Film (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Centfox Film (2013) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Corazón Films (2013) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • Daisy Entertainment (2013) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Filmauro Distribuzione (2013) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Golden Screen Cinemas (2013) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Interfilm Ukraine (2013) (Ukraine) (theatrical)
  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • MediaPro Distribution (2013) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Distribution (2013) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Norsk Filmdistribusjon AS (2013) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Nusantara Edaran Filem (2013) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Paris Filmes (2013) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • Pony Canyon (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Premium Film (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Film AG (2013) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Film Distributors (2013) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Shochiku Company (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Splendid Film (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2013) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2013) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • bf Distribution (2013) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2013) (Spain) (all media)
  • E Stars Films (2013) (China) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2013) (Non-USA) (all media) (Non-USA) (middle east)
  • Leeding Media (2013) (China) (all media)
  • Monolith Films (2013) (Poland) (all media)
  • Perfect World (Beijing) Pictures Co. (2013) (China) (all media)
  • Pony Canyon (2013) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2013) (Portugal) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Crafty Apes
  • HOAX Films (additional VFX)
  • Lidar Guys (lidar scanning)
  • Method Studios (visual effects)
  • Prime Focus World (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Abubakar Abrar known as digital compositor
  • Stuart Allan known as previs artist: Proof, Inc.
  • Ron Barr known as digital opticals: Outback Post
  • Jamie Baxter known as visual effects artist
  • Danny Bergeron known as visual effects executive producer: Mokko Studio
  • Magda Bernal known as visual effects digital coordinator
  • Jonathan Bird known as render wrangler
  • Andre Brizard known as digital compositor: Prime Focus London
  • Lee Brunet known as digital compositor: Mokko Studio
  • Steve Casa known as visual effects photographer
  • Ryan Delaney known as visual effects producer: Prime Focus Film
  • Sebastien Dostie known as visual effects supervisor
  • Kelly Fischer known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • Michael Sean Foley known as cg supervisor
  • Mathias Frodin known as digital compositor
  • Aron Galabuzi known as senior paint artist
  • Alex Gitler known as compositing supervisor: Method Studios
  • Alex Goodfellow known as matchmove artist: Prime Focus Film
  • Johan Grimm known as visual effects
  • Lauren Guerard known as visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
  • Thomas Hallé known as digital compositor: Mokko Studio
  • Leah Hardstark known as lead data wrangler
  • Sharon Smith Holley known as visual effects editor
  • Bryan P. Jones known as visual effects production assistant
  • Samuel Jørgensen known as digital compositor
  • Chris LeDoux known as visual effects supervisor: Crafty Apes
  • Mark LeDoux known as digital compositor
  • Gregory D. Liegey known as visual effects supervisor: Method Studios
  • Dan Matley known as visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
  • Roger Mocenigo known as compositor: XY&Z
  • Ole-Aleksander Nordby known as prep/paint artist
  • Bhavesh Pandey known as effects technical director
  • Benjamin Ribière known as compositing supervisor: Mokko
  • Philippe Roberge known as digital compositor: Mokko Studio
  • Marc A. Rousseau known as visual effects producer: Mokko Studio
  • Jason Sanford known as visual effects producer: Crafty Apes
  • Raphael Santos known as digital compositor
  • Den Serras known as roto/paint supervisor: Deluxe
  • Ron South known as visual effects editor
  • Shelby Stong known as matchmove artist
  • Jeremy Séguin known as digital compositor
  • Andrew K. Thompson known as digital compositor
  • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor
  • Henry van der Beek known as technical director
  • Ian Ward known as cg supervisor
  • Friend Michael Wells known as supervising visual effects producer
  • Salvador Zalvidea known as compositor

Release Date:

  • Hong Kong 12 January 2013 (limited)
  • USA 12 January 2013 (Dallas, Texas) (premiere)
  • USA 14 January 2013 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Egypt 17 January 2013
  • Hong Kong 17 January 2013
  • Kuwait 17 January 2013
  • Lebanon 17 January 2013
  • Malaysia 17 January 2013
  • Philippines 17 January 2013
  • Puerto Rico 17 January 2013
  • Qatar 17 January 2013
  • Thailand 17 January 2013
  • United Arab Emirates 17 January 2013
  • Brazil 18 January 2013
  • Bulgaria 18 January 2013
  • Canada 18 January 2013
  • India 18 January 2013
  • Lithuania 18 January 2013
  • Mexico 18 January 2013
  • Pakistan 18 January 2013
  • Taiwan 18 January 2013
  • USA 18 January 2013
  • UK 22 January 2013 (London) (premiere)
  • Belgium 23 January 2013
  • France 23 January 2013
  • Switzerland 23 January 2013 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 24 January 2013
  • Hungary 24 January 2013
  • Ireland 24 January 2013
  • Israel 24 January 2013
  • Slovenia 24 January 2013
  • UK 24 January 2013
  • Estonia 25 January 2013
  • Latvia 25 January 2013
  • Romania 25 January 2013
  • Uruguay 25 January 2013
  • Austria 31 January 2013
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 31 January 2013
  • Croatia 31 January 2013
  • Germany 31 January 2013
  • Italy 31 January 2013
  • Peru 31 January 2013
  • Switzerland 31 January 2013 (German speaking region)
  • Switzerland 31 January 2013 (Italian speaking region)
  • Ukraine 31 January 2013
  • Iceland 1 February 2013
  • Spain 1 February 2013
  • Czech Republic 7 February 2013
  • Greece 7 February 2013
  • Montenegro 7 February 2013
  • Serbia 7 February 2013 (Belgrade) (premiere)
  • Slovakia 7 February 2013
  • Colombia 18 February 2013
  • Australia 21 February 2013
  • Russia 21 February 2013
  • Singapore 21 February 2013
  • Norway 22 February 2013
  • Vietnam 22 February 2013
  • Netherlands 28 February 2013
  • Portugal 28 February 2013
  • Poland 1 March 2013
  • Denmark 7 March 2013
  • Paraguay 8 March 2013
  • South Africa 8 March 2013
  • Chile 14 March 2013
  • Finland 15 March 2013
  • Turkey 19 April 2013
  • Japan 27 April 2013
  • New Zealand 2 May 2013

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language

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10 Comments

  1. imthegame19 from United States
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    The Last Stand is a very fast paced movie. It's about a hour and fortyminutes and it feels like twenty minutes shorter then that. For thisplot it was the perfect pacing for this movie. Woon did a great jobhere, because this movie could have easily been ruined with a differentdirector. Who could have gave this film a slower pace and made it moredrawn out. Which in my opinion wouldn't have worked well with thisscript. Now do I think they could have done some things better? Thecritic in me says yes. Not to mention it has it's cliché moments(mostmovies these days do though) and the fast pacing can cause you to belike wait how did he get here or there and ask yourself what justhappen. But I think you can come up with your own explanations on mostof those things if you need to.

    I didn't feel like Arnold was on his A game acting wise though. Hewasn't bad, but I didn't feel he was as smooth with some of his linesas he normally is. Rust and working with a director who doesn't speakEnglish probably had a lot to do with that. Arnold is showing his agebit in this movie as well. Especially in his face on the big screen.That said they never pretended that he was 30 years old in this movie,so that was fine. Overall The Last Stand has exciting shoot outs, funcar chase scenes, and does a great job of mixing in comedy. Thosethings with it's pacing make it a very entertaining and crowd pleasingmovie that should be enjoyed in the theater. I give it a 8/10

  2. Harry T. Yung (harry_tk_yung@yahoo.com) from Hong Kong
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    Our retired governor of California delivers what is expected of him,returning to Hollywood. This movie that has every ingredient you expectfrom one in this genre is neither brilliant nor incompetent. It gave mea little over 100 minutes of relaxing (not despite, but because of thesometimes frantic action) time in the cinema which I still hold is theplace to watch a movie.

    Plot line: in a small border town, a squad of 5 unlikely heroes(gender-neutral), against all odds, stops a drug lord "with an army"(the drug lorad, that is, not the heroes) from escaping back to Mexico.I wouldn't bother with the details.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is the way over-the-hill sheriff who relives theglory of his hay days in this almost suicidal undertaking. No, ForestWhitaker is not the villain but the L.A. law man who seems to be alwaysone step behind him, until the small-town sheriff steps in to help. Noris Peter Stormare, who plays the villain's right hand man and stealsthe show. Jaimie Alexander who showed her mantle in "Thor" as beautifuland lethal Sif plays one of the deputies. There is more than a dozenother characters, quite adequate to provide the movie with variety, ifnot depth.

    All told, fun to watch.

  3. MisterWhiplash from United States
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    This is pure guilty-pleasure cinema. You know you can't defend seeinglots of nameless guys in black suits and machine guns mowing downpeople and that there's only a bullet here or there that might get oneof our good guys (and I mean, y'know, Luis Guzman, who is always fun towatch in that very familiar character-actor way by the way, same forHarry Dean Stanton's walk-on), and it hearkens back to that time in the1980's and 90's when Arnold Schwarzenegger dominated cineplexes withthis kind of action trash. But over time, as super glossy andhyper-kinetic and chaotically-shot cinema floods theaters, this almostcomes as something of a refreshment. How do I simply say "I gotthrilled by the action, laughed at the craziness in the set-pieces, andloved seeing Arnold tear it up and have one-line retorts: "How do youfeel?" asks a towns-person – "OLD!")

    But aside from the story, which seems to be fairly cookie-cutter withthe Mexican cartel kingpin who is getting across from Nevada down tothe border to get back to his safe land, and with various tropes thatcan be read from not too far away (given some heft by the fact thatEduardo Noriega cuts a very sharp figure as a madman with a zest forstunt- driving – like a character one might find almost inRodriguez/Tarantino's Grindhouse, or a hybrid of such characters theywrite), what is there? How about that the director, Kim Jee-Woon, has atrack record from back in South Korea as being a hardcore,awe-inspiring action and genre director, who can make them very, veryintense and harrowing (I Saw the Devil), or truly spooky and harrowingin a quieter, more sinister way (Tale of Two Sisters). But what got himthe job, I suspect, was The Good, the Bad and the Weird, his wildhomage to everything Western – Spaghetti, yes, but good ol' Americanvariety. He must have read the script and said 'I can do this, this isa Western to the bone just in 21st century garb… matter of fact, it'sRio Bravo on steroids!'

    Well, that's my suspicion anyway. Think about it – a Sheriff in a ponamtown with not many residents at all (and those that do stick around allday won't leave cause of some gunfire – there's a cheese omelettecooking after all at the diner), and has some good deputies, and someothers he has to recruit not by his better judgment but by lack ofother good officers, and has a Big Bad Motherflipper coming right hisway. "I've seen a lot of blood and death. I know what's coming," saysthe not-quite quipping Arnold. And the first half does build, somewhatdecently if predictably, the pieces of the characters, the basicset-ups of who may die (or will) and what betrayals are happening andwho knows what (and what, really, Forest Whitaker can do as the Man inCharge in the suit – powerful, but he's not a Schwarzenegger).

    It's the second half of the film, as the preparations intensify andthen the big attack comes to Sommerton Junction (even the name is outof a Sam Fuller western or something) that the film REALLY picks upsteam. And by steam, I mean lots and lots of bullets, sometimes fromhuge guns that fire way too many bullets. What helps in Jee-Woon'sfavor in The Last Stand is how he takes the fantasy of all of this tosuch a degree that you (or I really) can't help but admire how high itends up going. It will please hardcore action fans, but unlike the onlyother recent Schwarzenegger films (so to speak) of the Expendablesfranchise, it doesn't really insult your intelligence either. Thevillains on display in this flick are not pushovers, and it leads tosome impressive action from the performers, from the cameramen, fromthe bullets themselves which become their own actors. And the finalchase through a cornfield, just when you think the film has nothingelse to give you, comes back for a surprise set-piece that feels freshand inventive; we haven't seen something quite like this where it's acat and mouse chase through such a big space of land, but we know it isjust a matter of seconds.

    If you've grown up on Schwarzenegger flicks, it's like visiting theold(er) man at the condo, and jogging his memory full-throttle. I don'tknow if this is just a brief pop-up appearance for the (how do I writethis without laughing but he is) veteran action icon, or a third andfinal career trajectory after years as a bodybuilder/up-and-comer, andsuperstar. But for now, it'll do, Johnny Knoxville's rambunctiouscomic-timing not withstanding.

  4. ken-585-741792 from United States
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    I have been a fan of Arnold for years and he much like John Wayne justplays himself no matter what the role. I am also a huge fan of theChevrolet Corvette and own a Cyber/Grey Z06 myself. Given that therewas no way I would miss this movie.

    The movie does feel like many of the action movies of the 80's and 90'sand I enjoyed it. I am sure the movie will win no awards although theaction and chase scenes were as good as I have seen. I thought JohnnyKnoxville was great in his role and he and Arnold played off each otherwell.

    If you are a action movie and car guy, go see it.

  5. rishi dev
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    Arnie's back!! The best bad guy since demolition man: wesleysnipes—-Eduardo Noriega takes over. A man made for next gen actionand scifi movies… An actor as method as vin diesel in pitch black andpeter weller in screamers without any idiotic invincibility quotient.What john mclane (bruce willis)is to a good guy, Eduardo Noriega is toa bad guy.

    This film makes the Fast and Furious franchise look like a skit at aKindergarten school.

    Earth's 2 best vehicles of this early millennium and first century arein this film with all their glory being exhibited.

    Jee-Woon Kim and team have clearly done it.A solid screenplay withaction without making it look like a hoax and attention to detailwithout monotony is remarkable. Maybe Ridley Scott should pass thealien franchise over to him and his team. A strong contender for eventhe Next Terminator.

    Arnie has outdone himself, as does every single actor/actress in thisfilm. Characterisation of every actor is worth an applaud, with noredundancies.

    Luis Guzman's best role thus far. An actor compared to none.

    Forest Whitaker's most worthy role in a film thus far. You see his'real' side.

    Thor(The trashiest film of the Millennium) actress Jamie Alexander ishighly subtle and not loud.

    Sonny Landham!!!! couldn't recognize!!– Arnie's co-star from predator.

    Stormare gets well exploited and tested as an actor.

    Knoxville is still the best flippant comedian.

    Harry Dean Stanton!!! gets his brains splattered out. At 80+ a nicewelcome and looking good. Welcome Sir!! nice to see you(NeverForgotten). The last time he got his skull punctured was when theAlien(Balaji Badejo) projectile tongue went berserk.

    All in all the best one could ask for. Better than prometheus and dreddand makes dark knight returns look like fungi at the bottom of thetrash bin.

    Wont say much….Watch it!!

  6. fisherbee1-1 from United States
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    One of the top names in action again brings us a top notch actionmovie! Arnold delivers the great performance you expect from such aseasoned star, and the supporting cast really sells the characters theyplay. The small town set is believable, and portrayed so that you canactually care about them. The bad guys are just the sort that you wantto see brought down (as they should be. The scenes flow smoothly, thelocations are realistic, and the action is outstanding. Add in the restof the ingredients – chase scenes, shooting, stunts, a dash of humor -and you have all you need for a fun evening at the movies. 80's actionfans will love this one. Even the soundtrack was great; not one singlething that made me say, "Now why did they have to use that song?" Seeit on the big screen, and bring it home when it hits disc. Did thefirst, and plan to do the second. A must for any action collection.

  7. HollywoodJunket from Hollywood
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    A small town is involuntarily and abruptly awakened to the biggestfugitive chase by the FBI in Lionsgate's "The Last Stand" directed byJee-Woon Kim and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker andJohnny Knoxville.

    Colorful characters surrounding law-enforcement riding the tails ofillegal cargo (a fellow FBI agent and the fugitive himself) inside of asuper-charged sports car could very well be an updated spin on theclassic 1977 film "Smokey and the Bandit" which starred Burt Reynoldsand Sally Field.

    Fans expecting to see a good Schwarzenegger action film like the olddays will not be disappointed in "The Last Stand". It's one-of-a kindmind-blowing stunts, mostly involving cars, and quirky towns peoplealong with cheesy dialogue delivered with great comedic timing is allwrapped-up into an enjoyable adventure ride.

    Arnold plays Sheriff Ray Owens of Sommerton, Arizona – a small town outin the middle of no where. As a former narcotics L.A.P.D officer he hadtoo much of a bad deal which ended in a lot of bloodshed. As a result,he sought out a much more quiet career in law enforcement in Sommerton.As the town's sheriff, his most demanding responsibilities is jailingdrunks. His deputies Jerry (Zach Gilford) and Mike (Luis Guzman) passtheir down-time with target practice on hanging raw meat. One deputy'sneed for more adventures leads to his request for Owens help in gettinghired at the L.A.P.D. after the highlight of his work there is rescuinga cat from a tree. As they say, be careful what you wish for becausetheir sleepy little town soon turns into a hot spot for dangerliterally over night.

    The town's worst nightmare starts when a failed milk delivery arisessuspect ion from the town's local waitress, Christie. After sending hisdeputies Jerry Bailey (Zach Gilford) and Sarah Torrance (JamieAlexander) off to investigate, Owens soon discovers that there'ssomething fishy going on with the last homicide in Sommerton and has agut feeling it's connected with an earlier sighting of questionablediner patrons and an escaped convict, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega)who's said to be headed their way. But, not just any convict, the mostthreatening convict of all – a third generation of a drug cartel familyand as FBI agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) puts it, not sinceEscabar has a convict been as threatening.

    "The Last Stand" is filled with smart action and impressive car stuntscenes. Some of the things that the featured car- a custom, convertedcorvette stolen from the L.A. Auto Show by Cortez and his minions iscapable of- racing at speeds higher than a helicopter and apparentlylacking the need for gas. The fact is that this villain is one that hastruly lead a charmed life and doing the actual dirty work is not in hisagenda. He passes off all of the heavy-lifting to pre-selectedcriminals who help him make his escapes in his ultimate goal to passback over the border into Mexico.

    Arnold Schwarznegger proves to still have his action movie game in himby not letting fans down by delivering his traditional, signaturemacho, humorous style trademarked to his characters. One memorablescene of the film is when Arnold's character goes into the local dinerto warn the workers and customers to go home because they are in harmsway. One of the senior citizen customers says he just ordered one ofthe most fattest breakfast's and does he look like he's afraid ofdeath. The other older patron agreed – as they both sipped on theirbeers. In a follow-up scene at the same diner, after breaking through aglass door, the customers and workers ask Arnold how he is doing ashe's in the middle of battle with Cortez's crew. He pulls himself upoff of the floor and responds, "old".

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  8. ersinkdotcom from United States
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    Arnold is back just like he's always claimed! No matter what you thinkof him as a politician or family man, one thing is for sure. Nobody cankick as much booty as Arnold Schwarzenegger. The man has fought and wonagainst robots, drug dealers, terrorists, giant serpents, politicians,and the Devil.

    He's battled everyone and everything in his forty plus year career infilms and TV. What do you do for an encore after taking a break to bethe governor of California? You jump back in the ring and do it allover again! That's exactly what Schwarzenegger does in "The LastStand."

    Ex-LAPD officer Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has retired to thesmall border town of Summerton Junction and taken the position ofsheriff in the quiet community. Things get heated up when Ray discoversthe leader of a drug cartel, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), isheading through the heart of Summerton Junction as he speeds towardMexico and freedom. It's up to Owens and his inexperienced deputies tostop Cortez and his gang as they prepare for a daring escape across theborder.

    Although the film starts out rather slow, it picks up and never letsthe audience back down. I was getting a bit restless as they took theirtime establishing the story. As soon as those first explosions andgunshots went off, I knew I was in for a bloody and gory good time.

    "The Last Stand" is the perfect movie for Schwarzenegger to return tothe silver screen in. Its violence, gun fighting, and hand-to-handcombat are over-the-top in that wonderfully excessive 1980s style.However, the story and Schwarzenegger's role as an aging lawman arequite convincing.

    Owens just wants to get away from the rat race of being a big city copand settle down in a quiet little country town with one road. Thatdoesn't stop him from wanting to protect his home and its citizens.It's completely believable that a gun-toting patriotic sheriff and hisdeputies would do anything they could to protect their town from harmat the hands of murderous drug dealing criminals.

    Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzman both do a great job of providing thecomic relief we've all come to expect from these great action films.You can't have a great hero without having his inept sidekicks thataccidentally help save the day. It just so happens that we get two forthe price of one in "The Last Stand."

    Eduardo Noriega is excellent as the pretty boy drug kingpin who letsother people do all his dirty work while he reaps all the benefits. Heraces towards the Mexican border in a fancy race car with a woman byhis side while his gang members get blown away by Schwarzenegger andcompany. I spent the entire film just waiting for him to comeface-to-face with Schwarzenegger and get what was coming to him.

    "The Last Stand" shows that even in his 60s, Arnold Schwarzeneggerstill has what it takes to carry a big-scale action movie. It mighttake him a little longer than it used to, but he'll still end uphanding your tail to you when it's all said and done. From the looks ofhis upcoming films, he's just getting started.

  9. bcbell79
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    I grew up watching Arnold, I own every film of his, I am what you wouldcall a serious Schwarzenegger fan. I have waited a decade for hisreturn to the cinema, and I wasn't disappointed. The Last Stand isn'tperfect, but Arnold fans can rejoice, for he truly is back!!

    The premise (for those that haven't watched the trailer a dozen timeslike me) is a Mexican cartel boss (Eduardo Noriega) has escaped custodyduring transport and is heading to the Mexican border, and he is goingto get there by going through the sleepy town of Sommerton, Arizona.Arnold is the Sheriff in this sleepy little town, and he is the FBI'slast hope at stopping the ruthless gangster.

    This movie is full of intense, bloody action, exciting car chases(thanks to a supped up Corvette ZR1 with over one thousand horsepower!)and funny one liner's. The film never takes itself too serious (whichis good thing) and is surprisingly funny throughout. Arnold's acting isa little rusty, but he more than made up for it in the action scenes.And the (many) action sequences were exciting and bloody, the theaterkept cheering out loud. The pacing was perfect, the film flew by.

    The cast was great…Luis Guzman is hilarious as Arnold's Deputy,Forest Whitaker as the lead FBI agent, Peter Stormare as the maniacal"right hand man" villain, Johnny Knoxville as the town clown, HarryDean Stanton as the crotchety old farmer, the list goes on…

    The film was everything I wanted from an Arnold movie, it's fun(!),full of fast paced action and lots of (funny) one liner's. Thenon-Arnold fan probably won't get much from this, but this movie wasmade for Arnold fans, and it delivers.

  10. Lord Starscream from United States
    20 Jan 2013, 10:00 pm

    It's been ten years since Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the lead rolein a movie, and many people were hesitant about his return to lead "TheLast Stand." Honestly, I had good faith that if this were a bad movie,then it would at least be a fun one to watch. But this film was fairlysatisfying.

    With racing cars and thrilling action scenes, the movie features ArnoldSchwarzenegger as he is tasked with going after a group of gang memberslead by a drug lord. All in all, it's agreeable that there were acouple of faults, and a couple of scenes where that may have been sillyand awkward. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting was a bit bad attimes. But it's fun to watch. It's full of action, gunfire, and shootouts. The action is nonstop, and there many explosions as well. Anytrailer for this movie should pull you right in to watch it. But thereal thing that strained down on people the whole time was most likelythe fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger was finally back and taking thelead again. And we can all agree that that's one thing we were alllooking forward to.

    So "The Last Stand" is a good action movie. I would certainly recommendseeing it.

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