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The Last Stand (2013)

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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.

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Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

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Andrew Knauer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arron Shiver ... State Trooper
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Ray Owens
Titos Menchaca Titos Menchaca ... Mayor
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Irv
Doug Jackson ... Harry
Mathew Greer Mathew Greer ... Sam
Peter Stormare ... Burrell
Chris Browning ... Pony Tail
Christiana Leucas ... Christie
Johnny Knoxville ... Lewis Dinkum
Zach Gilford ... Jerry Bailey
Luis Guzmán ... Mike Figuerola
Rio Alexander ... Faceburn
James Burnett James Burnett ... Poyo
David Midthunder ... Cohan
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Storyline

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

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Retirement is for Sissies. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último desafío See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosque Farms, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,281,433, 20 January 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,050,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,330,757
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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During filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger was seen purchasing clothes at Walmart. They were for the film's crew, as it was freezing during the night-time scenes in the desert. See more »

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Cortez makes the SWAT Chevy Suburban flip and spin in the air. When it falls down, the SWAT Hummer can't avoid ramming it, we can see roll-bars in the Suburban, and no people in it. See more »

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[first lines]
State Trooper: [getting on the radio after being passed] Dispatch...
Dispatcher: Go ahead...
State Trooper: Contact the FAA and tell them some smart ass is flying a jet plane around out here without any lights.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by ca. 22 seconds to secure a more commercial "Not under 16" rating. After fan protests, the distributor made the uncut version available to theaters as well. Both versions were released on DVD. See more »


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I'll Pretend
Written and Performed by Glen Morris
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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Made For Ridiculous
20 January 2013 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

The Last Stand is famously known as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's action comebacks. Since his appearances in The Expendables films are limited and doesn't quite satisfies his fans, here he gets to be the lead. The film is also directed by Kim Jee-Woon and he creates a set of awesomely crafted action sequences. There's nothing else in the story but a Western formula with a band of misfits. It's a simple fun action film that has no other ambition than to enjoy the fans of the genre. It may be senseless at some point but the admission is never regrettable.

The plot is like a modernized version of a famous Western story with an FBI to the side. A sheriff who tries to save his small town from a bunch of bad guys who seem incompetent. The good guys are a team of mismatched heroes. There's a veteran, a short Mexican, a crazy gun owner, a tough woman, and an ex-convict. These elements fit to the film's ridiculousness and they worked well enough. The characters are also likable, probably because of our familiarity to the cast. Like we know Ray Owens is a badass sheriff only because he's played by Schwarzenegger, but that's fine since everyone's here for the action.

The action scenes are quick and stylishly shot. It provides a sense of speed and excitement. The most inventive sequence is the cornfield car chase. The best is the old school action with violent gunfights and brutal fistfights. Schwarzenegger still got it in those scenes. In other parts gets a little drama and some silliness. There isn't anything else beneath it but the execution of these ideas in the storyline are beyond adequate. It's quite clear that this only exists to let the audience have fun.

Everybody might disagree once I say this but The Last Stand is kind of like last year's Haywire. The premise is not that original but with an interesting direction and an awesome ensemble cast made it pretty good. The only differences are it's louder, it has an entirely different target audience and the concept is more interesting. It's not brilliant but it gets what it wants to be. It's all about the fun. It's so fun, it's hard to notice some of its flaws. The merits are generally the filmmaking and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some might look for more beneath it, but for action lovers it's a glorious action joy. If you're craving for some nonstop badassery then The Last Stand is definitely for you.


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