Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Last Stand

Boy, I enjoyed "The Last Stand" much less than I expected to. In the past, the Governator has been able to ease through low-aiming pictures such as "The Last Action Hero" and "The 6th Day" with winky appeal. I was surprised how earnest "The Last Stand" is about its plot, and judged on that level it fails to generate or sustain much forward momentum. At times during its 106-minute length, I was bored.

Director Kim Jee-Woon has surrounded Ahnold with some talented actors (Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman), but there's nowhere for them to take their characters in a movie that sets up its story in the first five minutes and pretty much plays out without twists or surprises for the next 100. I kept waiting for either a big laugh or a knock-your-socks-off action sequence, but nothing matched the early scene in which a Mexican drug cartel scion (Eduardo Noriega) being transported to death row by the FBI engineers his escape with the help of suction devices that literally lift the feds' armored cars off the road.

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