THE LAST STAND (2013 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Stars ìììì

The Last Stand—a classic police movie à la Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nothing more needs to be said. It will be well appreciated by Arnold Schwarzenegger fans. Wow! It’s a terrific show. Terrific cinematography. Outstanding camera work.

Storyline

The movie begins with the camera focusing on night stars, then slowly moves to the road and a policeman sitting in his car eating a doughnut. Then the camera quickly focuses on a mountain and a road sign that shows that the action to come is located 9 miles outside of Las Vegas. The camera focuses again on the policeman and we get a backseat view of the front seat with its rearview mirror showing headlights approaching. The camera then zooms into the mirror on the drivers’ side of the car. A ‘car’ whizzes by the policeman’s car so fast that you can’t tell what it is. The policeman’s window begins to vibrate because of the force of the passing ‘car.’ The policeman notices his window is vibrating, looks at the speed detector, and sees that the passing ‘car’ is clocking at 197 miles per hour. The policeman bumps his speed detector, rolls his window down to get a better look at the passing vehicle, grabs his shoulder radio, and informs home office that he thinks a jet plane with no lights is flying down the highway.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kim Jee-woon for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Edward Fee, Miky Lee, and Michael Paseornek for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: State Trooper (Arron Shiver), Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Mayor (Titos Mechaca), Irv (Richard Dillard), Harry (Doug Jackson), Sam (Mathew Greer), Burrell (Peter Stormare), Pony Tail (Chris Browning), and Christie (Christiana Leucas).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Be prepared for a little more ‘language’ than is really required to tell the story.

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