While the film’s IMDB page has varied writing credits, the final credit on screen belongs to Andrew Knauer. This may be his first produced screenplay but Knauer knows his action movies. Having George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) as a writing supervisor certainly doesn’t hurt either. And director Kim obviously knows action (see The Good, the Bad, the Weird immediately). Things may not play out as a spoof a la Hot Fuzz or MacGruber, but it’s more than just an homage film. Kim may take some parts too seriously and the movie has too much padding with boring character development that adds nothing. What we came for is to see stuff go boom and cars go vroom, and that’s exactly what we get.
The Last Stand will thankfully not be Schwarzenegger’s last film and I couldn’t be happier than to welcome him back. Arnie’s most quoted line certainly applies here — he’s back and right where he belongs.
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