Arnie’s back in explosive action

PUBLISHED: 09:13 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:13 24 January 2013

Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville) in The Last Stand. Photo: Merrick Morton.

Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville) in The Last Stand. Photo: Merrick Morton.


Schwarzenegger returns to the big screen to bring down a drug lord on the run from the police.

ACTION icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Kim Jee-Woon’s hard-hitting US directorial debut The Last Stand (15).

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation which 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 took place in the sleepy border town of Sommerton Junction.

But his peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly and 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 250mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow.

Cortez’ path takes him straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the US law enforcement contingent, including agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before he 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.

The Last Stand explodes on to the big screen tomorrow (Fri).

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