Today marks the opening of the new movie, “The Last Stand” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger has been largely retired from film since 2004 when he played Prince Hapi in “Around the World in 80 Days;” although he did make an uncredited appearance as a character called Trench in “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2.”
Lionsgate entertainment summaries the new film:
“After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. “
Rotten Tomatoes shows that critics rated the film an average of 5.6/10, generally citing that there is nothing surprising about the cookie-cutter action movie. However, users of the website have given the film a warm reception and favorable 4/5 rating with 79% of them saying they enjoyed the flick.
Scott Mendelson of the Huffington Post wrote, “'The Last Stand' (trailer) is not a great film by any stretch of the imagination. But even in mid-January, it lays down the gauntlet for providing one of the more overtly crowd-pleasing (and thus successful) genre films to come down the pike in awhile.”