Film Review: 'The Last Stand'
January 18, 2013 2:25 a.m.
KPBS film critic Beth Accomando reviews "The Last Stand."
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ANCHOR INTRO: The Last Stand marks the Hollywood debut of South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon. But KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says there may be some distractions.
Having South Korea's Kim Jee-Woon direct Arnold Schwarzenegger's action film comeback is a little like having the Coen Brothers direct the next Die Hard movie. Sure they can do it but they are seriously overqualified. The Last Stand is as simple as they come in terms of plot. A Mexican drug lord has escaped from the FBI and is making a run for the border. The only thing standing in his way is Sheriff Arnie.
CLIP They are not coming through my town without a fight.
The film serves up a fun David versus Goliath showdown with a healthy dose of senior jokes.
CLIP Sheriff, how you feeling... old.
Kim handles the action efficiently but doesn't get a chance to flaunt any of the stylish flourishes that make his Korean films so brilliant. But his film unintentionally plays like a piece of propaganda for Saturday's scheduled Gun Appreciation Day. If it weren't for a semi-illegal stockade of guns from a gun enthusiast and a pistol packing granny, Arnie's town in The Last Stand would have been obliterated by the drug cartel. So your ability to enjoy what was intended strictly as a popcorn action film may depend on how sensitive you are to gun violence and calls for new gun policies.
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.