The Last Stand (2013)

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Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction where the police are preparing to make a last stand to intercept them before they cross the border. Owens is reluctant to become involved but ultimately joins in with the law enforcement efforts

"The Last Stand" is a 2013 action-packed movie directed by Kim Ji-woon, marking his first American production. The movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the protagonist, Sheriff Ray Owens, supported by a decent cast consisting of Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro to name a few. Primarily, the movie's plot revolves around the Sherriff and his small-town deputies' attempt to nab an infamous drug kingpin.

The film opens with an enthusiastic escape by drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) from FBI custody. Cortez, with the aid of his ruthless gang and a hostage FBI representative (Genesis Rodriguez), leaves in a modified Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, heading towards the Mexican border at high speed. The intricate breakout and escape strategy is diligently orchestrated by an infamous criminal named Burrell (Peter Stormare) and his gang.

Meanwhile, in the serene town of Sommerton Junction, Arizona, Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a previous LA narcotics officer, has actually adapted to the quiet life after a troubled profession. When a suspicious convoy led by Burrell goes through the town, it piques Ray's interest, resulting in the discovery of their destructive intent-- helping with Cortez's escape to Mexico.

After learning more about the dangerous circumstance from Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) of the FBI, the under-resourced regional team, consisting of a mangy group of officers, decide to fight Cortez. In spite of understanding the chances, Ray is determined about protecting his town, even when the rest of his group, that includes the regional gun lover Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville), is apprehensive about their opportunities.

The climax of the movie delivers an interesting showdown as Ray and his team develop a blockade using a school bus at the town's end, with a slugfest ensuing as Cortez and his gang get here. Regardless of the firepower benefit of the bad guys, the sheriff's team holds them off remarkably, showing nerve, resourcefulness, and strength.

In the last confrontation, Ray fights Cortez in an extreme hand-to-hand combat. Ray beats Cortez, thwarting his escape strategy. As the FBI gets here, Cortez is re-arrested, and the quiet town of Sommerton Junction, conserved from a potentially devastating shootout, go back to its serene state.

"The Last Stand" provides a blend of high-octane action sequences and the ultimate dispute of good versus evil. The film saw Schwarzenegger's go back to a leading role after acting as Governor of California. In spite of having a simple plot, the motion picture delivers a strong punch of exhilarating car chases, gritty gunfights, and amusing one-liners, all tied together by the charismatic Schwarzenegger's steady efficiency as the tenacious Sheriff Owens. With its unabashed method to action and a dash of humor, "The Last Stand" supplies an amusing, action-filled viewing experience.

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