‘The Last Stand’: What Do the Critics Think of Arnold’s Big Comeback?
When a drug kingpin breaks out of custody and uses a super car to make a run for the Mexican border, of course the only thing standing in his way is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After a stint in politics, Ahnuld returns to acting full-time with his much-anticipated comeback vehicle The Last Stand.
Directed by talented Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-Woon, Stand centers on Arnold’s small-town sheriff and his kickpunching efforts to take down the aforementioned bad guy. Lots of car chases and machine guns ensue, which is catnip for action movie fans. But how is the movie faring with critics?
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
“Looking leaner and rather more drawn than before, Schwarzenegger still conveys the old self-confident, humorous I-dare-you attitude toward his adversaries. Arnold ain’t all he used to be but still has a little punch left in this just passable violent action potboiler.”
“The Last Stand is the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie you didn’t even realize you wanted to see. The shootouts and showdowns are muscular, high-energy and consist of an insane amount of gunfire… Far more effective is a clever, intimate car chase through a cornfield that’s alternately thrilling and quietly suspenseful.”
Justin Chang, Variety
“Schwarzenegger, when he’s not plowing his way through reams of semi-intelligible dialogue, proves he’s still capable of firing off a few rounds and pulling broken glass out of his leg.”
“Funny, light and very violent, The Last Stand is a throwback to the kind of movies that Arnie made in the 80s, but directed by a guy who has a true feel for cinema. Kim Ji-Woon’s Korean sensibility is just under the surface of this film, and I think he really elevates what could have been a rote romp…it’s a strong return for Arnie.”
Jason Gorber, TwitchFilm
“A credit to Kim Ji-woon and his collaborators… With the right audience of like-minded people The Last Stand could well be one of the most unabashedly fun experiences you’ll have at a theatre this year.”
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