Ebiri on The Last Stand: One of Schwarzenegger’s Least ‘Ahnuld’-ian Action Films

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Ebiri on The Last Stand: One of Schwarzenegger’s Least ‘Ahnuld’-ian Action Films
Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back, as he likes to say, and he’s apparently decided to become Clint Eastwood. The Last Stand, the actor’s first actual starring role since 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (cameos in The Rundown and supporting parts in The Expendables don’t count), is one of the least Ahnuld-ian action films he’s made. It’s got none of the steely, robotic ethos of stuff like The Terminator or Predator or Commando or Conan — movies that felt like sci-fi even when they weren’t sci-fi. In other words, he’s not a killing machine this time. Far from it. Instead, The Last Stand starts off as a pleasant ramble, in which Schwarzenegger plays an aging small-town sheriff who, along with his raggedy deputies, has to contend with the ruthless killers who’ve invaded his town.At first, the film is as interested in
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