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The answer falls somewhere squarely in the middle. For sure, "The Last Stand" is no "Terminator" but it is a fun, if predictable, action-thriller that has no problem gently reminding you how old he is — 66 — while simultaneously having him give the world's most dangerous drug-cartel kingpin a brain-banging beat-down.
Schwarzenegger is Sheriff Ray Owens, who presides over his small, sun-baked Arizona border town like a caring dad. So when it seems most of the city takes off for a high school football away game, Owens is expecting a quiet weekend, leaving what little there is to do to his well-meaning but inexperienced deputies: work-shy Mike Figuerola (
Little does he know that, miles away in Las Vegas, Mexican gangster Gabriel Cortez (
Angry federal agent John Bannister (
South Korean director Jee-woon Kim ("The Good, The Bad, the Weird";
That helps distract viewers from the story's outbursts of improbability. (No one even suspects that a large bridge, not hidden by foliage and easily seen from the air, is being built by a criminal gang near their town? Really?)
Certainly, Schwarzenegger moves a bit slower than he used to. There are a couple of moments when you almost hear the bones creaking. But he can still deliver the hurt to some bad guys.
That's the main thing anyone going to see this film cares about. With "Terminator 5" announced and a fleet of other Schwarzenegger movies in the pipeline, those afraid "The Last Stand" indeed would be Arnold's last stand can breathe a sigh of relief.
He'll be back.