Casting the former governor of California as a small-town sheriff squaring off against a drug lord, "The Last Stand" puts Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the saddle as an action movie hero. But don't expect any winking nods to his years in public office — this freewheeling vehicle is strictly concerned with cars, firepower and massive explosions.
Johnny Knoxville offers comic relief as the goofball proprietor of a back-road gun museum, which conveniently allows for an odd assortment of weapons to be used in the climactic battle.
It's that kind of movie.
Schwarzenegger plays Ray Owens, a former L.A. cop who left the big city for a sleepy Arizona border town where nothing ever happens. That is, until a drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) slips free from a federal agent (Forest Whitaker) in a stolen custom muscle car, with only Arnold standing between him and escape to Mexico.
Luis Guzman plays a bumbling deputy, Peter Stormare the main henchman and the mighty Harry Dean Stanton has a brief appearance as a crotchety local.