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Review: The Last Stand

By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2013
2.5 2.5 Stars



Rather than scapegoat Hollywood for causing gun violence, the NRA should encourage films like this lighthearted bloodbath. The Tea Party should endorse it too, as it demonstrates the uselessness of the Federal government. Looking more like Reno 911 than Seal Team Six, the FBI gets its ass kicked when ninja commandos break a Mexican drug cartel kingpin out of custody. As the fugitive roars to the border in a Corvette that cruises at 200 MPH, nothing can stop him except Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) of Sommerton Junction, AZ, and his handful of deputies. Who needs the Feds when you've got the Terminator, a crew of local heroes, and a kook gun collector with enough ordnance to fight the Battle of the Bulge? That Second Amendment sure kicks ass. Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil) here does hackwork — literally, with Owens cutting thugs in two with a 1939 Vickers machine gun. "I've seen enough blood and death," he intones. "I know what's coming." So do we: he's back.

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