Arnold's Back—and Mediocre as Ever
The Last Stand gives Schwarzenegger a schlocky, old-school action vehicle
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 11:24 AM CST
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(Newser) – Yes, it's really happening. At 65 years old, ex-Governator and tabloid scandal figure Arnold Schwarzenegger is making an action movie comeback with The Last Stand, a shoot-em-up in which he plays a grizzled small-town sheriff forced to combat a Mexican drug lord. How does he do? About as well as you'd expect. Here's what critics are saying:

  • At this point Arnold is "a strange and pathetic figure." But Americans love a comeback, writes Andrew O'Hehir at Salon. "If anything, his acting has gotten worse. … But you know exactly what you’re going to get with Arnold." The guy's "always had a genial arrogance that audiences eat up: He’s gettin’ paid, he hopes we’re having fun, and he feels no need to pretend that it’s art."

  • If you were expecting an Unforgiven-esque turn from Arnold, or a bold English-language debut from acclaimed director Kim Jee-woon, you'll be disappointed, writes William Goss at Film.com. "But it’s a sloppy bit of fun once it gets going, situated well between both the best and worst that all involved have had to offer audiences … At least it does what it says on the tin."
  • Mick LaSalle detected "a touch of gentleness" in Arnold's performance, and a sense of real world-weariness. "What ever did they do to this poor man in Sacramento?" he quips in the San Francisco Chronicle. As for the movie itself, it's a "ridiculous" affair culminating in "a crazy bloodbath that is so excessive that it begins to seem funny—except when it's trying to be funny."
  • But Roger Moore was not amused. "It’s a junky, crowd-pleasing movie of sidekicks (Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville), bad acting, over the top shootouts, and catch phrases," with an almost fetishistic love of guns that's "VERY pre-Sandy Hook," he writes. "There are filmgoers nostalgic for this sort of fascist/gun fetishist drivel. Not me."

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LenettW3
Jan 21, 2013 9:50 PM CST
Who really thought he would be good in any movie? Why waste time & $$ on a looser film??? .
Zero_for_President
Jan 21, 2013 12:56 AM CST
Go Roger Moore! Someone who knows what fascism IS! Listen, you ignorant American twits: America is a fascist, corporate, bankrupt and collapsing global military empire that has been raping a woman a month in Okinawa since 1945. One a month. Back in 1870, when the brutality began in earnest, the US Army hacked the breasts off dead Cheyenne women and paraded them, bleeding, through the streets of Denver. American morons don't see the NRA as the civilian propaganda organ of the empire's gun manufacturers, stimulating sales under the guise of "2nd Amendment freedom". Get ready for the NDAA 2012 death camps, morons! You don't even know what NDAA 2012 is! Idiots! Article 1031: military arrest of civilians (and executions of those who resist with firearms) and article 1032: "indefinite" detention "for duration of hostilities." Morons!
Chatsworth
Jan 19, 2013 9:00 AM CST
T3, Rise of the Machines was his last good movie.I see his physique has waned along with his acting ability.But hey, if Sylvester Stallone cans still make over the top violent shoot-em-ups, why not Ahnold? They're both typecast that way, and I'm sure there's folks who'd watch their movies.It's a free country.