Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
The Last Stand
Weary screen warrior Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to Hollywood in a film about a cop who got old and left LA for an Arizona border town. But this being Arnold, trouble finds him. And this being Arizona, it's Mexican trouble (though — ha ha — this time it's a Mexican who wants to get out, not in). And this being the Wild West, it's best addressed through superior firepower. It's hard to say what gets sold harder here: gun ownership or Chevrolet. (The bad guy drives a very fancy Corvette, and a gun-toting grandma gets a cheerful cameo.) The story works best when it sticks to mayhem, humor, or — particularly in the case of a sadly underused Johnny Knoxville — a mixture of both. The trademark Schwarzenegger quips are traded in for something less jokey and more situational, and director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird) knows his way around an action sequence. You will not find many surprises, except perhaps Peter Stormare doing his best Robert Duvall. You may find some delights. With Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, and an unmussable Jaimie Alexander. 2013.
— Matthew Lickona
- "Interview with The Last Stand director Kim Ji-woon" • January 17, 2013