It feels weird to be disappointed by The Last Stand, seeing as I went into it with relatively low expectations and only the hope that somehow Kim Jee-woon would make a smooth transition to Hollywood after two knockout genre films in a row in his native South Korea. However, what we end up with is a predominately dull action film that could have been so much better.
It’s clear early on that plot doesn’t matter and the structurally simple tale had me excited for what would have to be an action packed and thrilling finale a la Jee-woon’s other Western genre flick The Good The Bad The Weird. Unfortunately, the film loses almost all of the steam it had as it reaches the final bend and the big shootout lacks the sudden visceral flourishes of earlier one-on-one kills in the film.
It does seem like this story and script could have been great if set in South Korea, with Jee-woon’s usual cast of characters, not needing what ends up being a stupid love subplot and a greater sense of freedom when it comes to violence and humor. Johnny Knoxville is painfully bad as a Song Kang-ho knockoff, Forrest Whitaker phoned this one in and the rest of the cast, comprised of a really interesting set of supporting actors, never do anything particularly special.
Only a handful of scenes manage to be funny and quite a large chunk of the film acts as an advert for Corvette and then Dodge. Skip this one.
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