Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 107 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. Yes, it’s bloody, but it’s the kind of action movie violence that isn’t grotesque so much as it’s ridiculous; this won’t scar so much as you’ll shake your head at the bombastic nature of it all. Includes lots of shooting and fighting, some stabbing, and car races that create a bunch of chaos and carnage; some slapstick violence, like shooting at animal carcasses for fun; and bloody wounds. Also a fair amount of cursing and some kissing.
‘The Last Stand’ is certainly not, by any means, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finest action movie. It drags a bit, character development is nonexistant, and we’re once again subjected to Schwarzenegger’s goofy one-liners. But it’s a comfortable foray back into Schwarzenegger’s particular kind of ridiculousness, with a fair amount of laughs and gross-outs for teen boys and their nostalgic dads.
By Roxana Hadadi
Last summer, audiences craving the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, one-time king of action films everywhere, got their fix with “The Expendables 2,” which included Schwarzenegger in its who’s who of former movie stars like Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, et al. Next month, Stallone and Willis both get their own movies—”Bullet to the Head” and “A Good Day to Die Hard,” respectively—but Schwarzenegger is coming through for us earlier than them both with “The Last Stand.” It’s an always-ridiculous and sometimes-downright-stupid action flick from popular Korean director Jee-Woon Kim, but for Schwarzenegger fans, it’s fine enough. The man looks like a walking wax replica of himself, but no matter. He’s still mobile, still deadpan, and still kicking people’s butts.