The Last Stand

Theatrical Release: January 18, 2013
The Last Stand


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.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

Dove Review

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in an action film and yes, he wields a big gun once again. And although he is the good guy, Sheriff Ray Owen, and is the best bet to stop a drug lord named Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), after he escapes from Federal agents, the movie unfortunately is saturated with bloody violence. Well-known actor Forest Whitaker plays a head Federal agent in the film.

Sure, there is a nice line of “Between us and Jesus” by a character, but the movie is not only strong in the violence arena but in the language arena as well. Therefore, despite a lot of action, a lot of it is bloody and we are unable to recommend this movie for our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing, one comment about look at that "A" about a woman.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-6; J/JC-7; F-25; S-27; SOB-3; D-4; H-17; A-7; B-2; P-1; Slang for male genitalia-1
Violence: A lot of bloody violence including characters being mowed down by a machine gun; people shot including in the head with bloody results; a bloody fight; spurting blood; a character stabbed in the leg with bloody results; a character has bloody cuts following an automobile accident; a major explosion.
Drugs: Beer drinking; smoking in a scene; a comment that cocaine was once shipped and man was killed.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: The issue of illegal aliens crossing the U.S. border; disrespect; a woman is looked at as a sex object.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Andrew Knauer & Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Genre: Action
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter