The Grade Book: “The Last Stand”

The Last Stand

Plot: A sheriff must help stop a notorious drug lord from escaping the country. 

Director: Jee-Woon Kim.

Writer: Andrew Knauer.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenneger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and Peter Stormare.

Genres: Action, Thriller.

Running Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: The Last Stand is a no-brainer film that goes off of a poor script, but it also has a lot of energy and is fun for Arnold Schwarzenneger and action fans.



  • Christian Becker:

Grade: C+

Is it fun? Yes, lots. But there comes a point in every thinking man’s brain where he just has to say “enough is enough”. I understand that this is a throwback to Schwarzenegger’s early days, but I found myself using that as an excuse for every bad actor, plot hole and terrible line being thrown into this pile. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy myself watching this live-action, bloody cartoon take place on screen.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B

Good old-fashioned action fun.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: B+

A very satisfying action movie. Arnold is back and it’s like he never left. Johnny Knoxville is also very funny in his supporting role. The action is directed very well and there are quite a few crowd-pleasing moments. Just a great time at the movies.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: B

Arnold is back with a High Noon-related story! The action and humor is quite fun, as the movie itself can be considered adventurous — like a Six Flags roller coaster. However, there are missed opportunities and the screenplay is atrocious. I’d recommend it, though, for fans of the action genre and the man himself!

  • Kevin Morrison:

Grade: B-

Great Action, funny lines, good stupid plot. It has everything you want in a Schwarzenegger action film, but only for the second half. The first half stars Forrest Whitaker and he is good but it’s not as fun.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B-

The Last Stand is a no-brainer action film and nothing you will remember after a while. The script is terrible, and some of the supporting acting is annoying. However, it maintains energy and a sense of fun throughout, and Arnold Schwarzennegger proves he can still carry a film. Also, director Jee-woon Kim does a fine job at staging the action scenes — especially with one explosive moment involving a school bus.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: B-

Arnold returns as an old town sheriff who has to suit up, get all the guns he possibly can, and stop a big time drug cartel. The movie brings you back to an original Arnold film and the fans of his movies will have a blast watching it. One liners, violence, shooting, blood everywhere, sign me up and give me more!

  • Brandt Sohn:

Grade: B-

The dumb writing really brings down a pretty entertaining action movie that marks the return of Arnold in a lead role. But when Arnold isn’t on screen, the writing wasn’t interesting enough to hold my attention.

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