The Last Stand
Sheriff Owens is a former member of a special police unit in Los Angeles, but after years of fighting crime he’s had it and wants to end his days in the quiet little town of Somerton where the worst offence usually is a wrongly parked car. That changes drastically, however, when a dangerous drug cartel leader escapes during a prison transport and goes on the run with a pumped up Corvette.
The FBI calls in all the hot shots to take the man back into custody but all attempts fail and the reinforcements they put up at the border with Mexico seem in vain when the guy appears to be heading to Somerton where his accomplices have installed a bridge! What was supposed to be a quiet weekend for Sheriff Owens’ town suddenly becomes a fight for life and death!
“Ahnuld” has said goodbye to his governor’s office and is now back in full force in the world of movies. After a cameo in the first Expendables, and a somewhat bigger role in the sequel, Schwarzenegger is back in the lead with The Last Stand and it may be said: the man perfectly knows how to play out his strengths!
And with strengths we for once aren’t looking at the somewhat worn out muscles from the former Terminator, but rather the straight forward action combined with light hints to other movies (Fast & Furious, High Noon, …) and a health dose of comedy where also Schwarzenegger doesn’t take himself all too seriously. Combined with a cast that next to Arnold himself also contains familiar faces like Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare and even Johnny Knoxville The Last Stand contains just about all good elements needed for a nicely entertaining action movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it really is. Light entertainment, but sometimes that’s all we need!
The image and sound on the Blu-ray release of The Last Stand can be called near perfect. The image looks really nice without a hint of compression errors, and also the sound that uses all channels is reference material. However, we won’t really be calling it reference material but this due to the movie itself rather than the technical quality. Everything is shot digitally and you miss a bit the “filmic” feeling, and the fact that the first half hour barely any action happens makes that little is happening during that time audio-wise. All in all technically very good, but not really something to show off your home cinema with.
We get just over 80 minutes of extras and these are filled with a “Making Of” (Not in my Town: Making The Last Stand), a feature on the cornfield scene (Cornfield Chaos: Scene Breakdown) in which the makers unfortunately are all too obviously promoting General Motors who supplied the majority of the cars, a piece on the weapons in the movie (The Dinkum Firearm & Historic Weaponry Museum Tour), some behind the scenes images (Actor-Cam Anarchy: with Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander), deleted and extended scenes.