->'''Cortez''': ''You fucked up my car."''\\
'''Owens''': ''"You fucked up my day off."''
-->-- The opening lines of the final confrontation.

''The Last Stand'' is a 2013 action film centering around Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), a third generation cartel leader, who makes a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

Cortez is hurtling toward the Mexican border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car, a Chevrolet Corvette C6 [=ZR1=], with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. The only thing in his path is a small town and its sheriff, a former LAPD officer named Ray Owens (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), and a couple of his deputies.

This film marks Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's first leading role since ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' in 2003, and him working with famed director, [[Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird Kim]] [[Film/ISawTheDevil Ji-woon]]. Despite this, the film barely made over its budget at the box office leading to questions about Schwarzenegger's box office drawing power in his post-political and post-divorce career.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Sarah Torrance.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw:
** Sheriff Ray Owens asks to see Lewis Dinkum's gun permit, then threatens Dinkum with a citation for carrying a [[HandCannon large revolver]]. The film takes place in Arizona, where anyone over the age of 21 may legally carry a concealed firearm without a permit, and where there is no restriction on revolvers, whatever the caliber. No citation could be given to Dinkum unless he is specifically not allowed to own a firearm based on his record.
** Dinkum claims to be running a museum to justify the large number of firearms he owns. Throughout most of the United States, apart from a few cities like New York or Chicago, the only limit to the number of firearms a person with a clean record may legally own and possess is how many they can afford to buy. Granted, Dinkum takes it UpToEleven and then some...
** Finally, Dinkum has a Vickers machine gun which is supposed to be non-functional, but has all the parts available to repair it, which he implies would be illegal. This is true, but if Dinkum were as big a gun nut as the film presents him as, he could just get a Class-III license from BATFE and take the Vickers, the Tommy Gun, and whatever other fully-automatic weapons he may or may not have to the range whenever he wants. If he can afford all the other stuff in his garage and still pay to keep the lights on, the [[CrackIsCheaper fee]] for the Class-III license should be no big deal.
* BadassDriver: Cortez shows off some pretty good skills, by stopping a FBI swat team from interrupting his escape, by personally taking them out with just his car. It's also mentioned that he has been racing since he was just a kid.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler: Agent Richards finds herself thrown from a car (much to her surprise) to make her escape more realistic. When she shows up later on you'd expect her to be sporting some facial bad cuts or bruises, maybe even nursing a broken arm. She turns up with slightly dirty clothes and a barely noticeable limp. Her face remains unblemished.]]
* BigBad: Gabriel Cortez.
* BigDamnHeroes: Come on, it wouldn't be a Arnold film without this.
* BondOneLiner: "I'm the Sheriff."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: For a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and GunNut, Lewis Dinkum knows the firearms regulations like the back of his hand and has the documentation to prove it.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as the FBI arrives in town by Martinez: "Heh. Here comes the cavalry..."
* CorruptCop: [[spoiler: Ellen Richards is one of these, having accepted a bribe from Cortez to help him escape and then aids him while posing as a hostage.]]
* ChekhovsArmory: A literal example in Dinkum's gun collection.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:At the beginning of the film the mayor gives Owens the keys to his Camaro SS ([=ZL1=]!), which comes in handy at the end of the film when Owens needs a car to chase the BigBad.]]
* ComedicSociopathy: [[spoiler:Don't ''ever'' park your car in the fire lane]].
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: The deputy should've been killed by the rifle fire penetrating the car he was hiding behind, and the school bus grants surprising amounts of cover as well.
* CoolCar: The [[{{Handwave}} "heavily modified"]] Corvette C6 [=ZR1=], and the Camaro SS [=ZL1=].
-->'''Special Agent Bannister:''' Great. A psychopath with a Batmobile.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** PlayedForLaughs. The knitting granny Mrs. Salazar tells a Mook stalking Owens through her shop, "No trespassing!" He just blows her off, so she responds by [[{{BFG}} blowing him away]]. It's clear she did it for more than that reason, of course, but the MoodWhiplash is what sells the scene.
** The reaction of the mayor to seeing his wrecked Corvette and Owens' one-liner pretty much screams he believes this happened to him.
* TheDragon: Burrel (Creator/PeterStormare).
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Cortez had a niece, which he raised as his own child. One night, he was forced to kill her when she held him at gunpoint. Cortez is obviously bitter about having to do this, as seen when he relates this story to Richards.
* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: The movie begins at 8:00 a.m. and finishes the next day before nightfall.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Burrel can really walk and talk like a charismatic and friendly, neighbor-like person, but he's just a trigger-happy Wyatt Earp wannabe.
* FeelingTheirAge: Explicitly brought up with the sheriff. He's getting up in age and knows it, and the trailer highlights it.
* FlareGun: Lewis Dinkum shoots a fleeing bad guy with it. The flare ends up igniting his BadassBandolier (which sets off grenades just under said bandolier), which explodes and results in a gory mess.
* GunsAkimbo: A Mook uses this to practical effect by shooting at Frank Martinez and Sarah Torrance.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: One of the mooks gets cut in half by the Vickers gun, and another gets his torso vaporized when his bandolier is ignited by a flare gun.
* HandCannon: Lewis Dinkum's Smith and Wesson M500 revolver; he deems himself the only one able to hold and use it. Considering that Jerry nearly breaks his nose from the recoil firing it and then scares everyone else by blindly waving around it in a daze, you can see his point. Of course, he doesn't mind the sheriff using it. Burrel's Colt Dragoon revolver also counts.
* HumiliationConga: Cortez spends most of the movie as a suave, arrogant, invincible man. He ends it [[spoiler: beaten, battered, whining, begging, and being dragged behind Owens's car.]]
* ICallItVera: Lewis Dinkum has a habit of naming his favorite firearms (and other things), including his Smith and Wesson M500 revolver "Georgette" and "Vicky" his 1939 Vickers machine gun.
--> '''Ray''': [[LampshadeHanging Do you have stupid names for all your shit?]]\\
'''Lewis:''' Only the shit I love.
* IdiotBall:
** You see a big clandestine nighttime operation run by big bruisers at the end of tracks for a murderer's getaway vehicle and the Sheriff has just ordered you to fall back, you maybe should ''obey his orders''!
** To say nothing of Mike's girlfriend.
--->'''Deputy:''' Get off the street!\\
'''Girlfriend:''' What are you doing down there?\\
'''Deputy:''' Get off the street now!!\\
'''Girlfriend:''' Why are you hiding behind a car?\\
'''Deputy:''' Get off the damn street!!!\\
'''Girlfriend:''' What's going on?
* InformedAbility: Cortez's car, a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6 [=ZR1=], is stated to be a heavily modified show car with 1000 horsepower. However, it was never shown to be extraordinarily fast. Most notable is during [[spoiler:the car chase scene, in which a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS [=ZL1=] was able to catch up to Cortez's [=ZR1=], despite the fact that even a standard [=ZR1=] (which has 638 horsepower) has superior acceleration[[note]]Acceleration of a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6 [=ZR1=]: 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 9.7 seconds, and 0-300 km/h 29.1 seconds. Acceleration of a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro [=ZL1=]: 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 13.1 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in 83.5 seconds.[[/note]] and top speed[[note]]Top speed of a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6 [=ZR1=]: 338 km/h, or 210 mph. Top speed of a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro [=ZL1=]: 307 km/h, or 191 mph.[[/note]] compared to a [=ZL1=] (let alone a customized, 1000 horsepower [=ZR1=]). This is noteworthy because after Cortez notices from the GPS that he's very close to Mexico, he pushes the [=ZR1=] to its limit, in which case he should have easily outrun the [=ZL1=]. Then again, nothing's stopping the mayor from customizing his car, so maybe the [=ZL1=] has also been turbocharged]].
* InstantConvertible: Ray has made one of these by the end of the film.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: Jerry tries out Dinkum's HandCannon, underestimating its severe recoil. Following a very painful smack into his nose and an accidental discharge (very TruthInTelevision if you lose control of such a gun), Dinkum and Mike have to try to get it out of his hands as he stumbles around in pain waving the gun in every direction.
* JurisdictionFriction:
** Agent Bannister calls Sheriff Owens and vaguely apprises him of the situation, politely telling him that he's sending a SWAT team and to stay out of the way.
---> '''Agent Bannister''': No offense, but I want them handling this.\\
'''Sheriff Owens''': Listen, I can't talk right now. I've got to go. [-''[HANGS UP]''-]
** Then shown by Torrance in her disdain for the Feds' [[TheCavalryArrivesLate late arrival]].
---> '''Agent Bannister''': John Bannister, FBI.\\
'''Deputy Torrance''': Glad you could make it...
* KindaBusyHere: Played seriously -- the reason Owens hangs up on the FBI is because he's recently found a murder victim, and for all he knows the killer is still in the area.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Mike initially tries to talk Owens out of taking on the mercenaries, on account of the mercenaries having both superior numbers and weapons. Owens instead drops by Dinkum's museum to even the odds.
* TheLastTitle: The title.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Happens when Ray and his deputies [[spoiler:borrow weapons from Dinkum's museum]].
* LoopholeAbuse:
** Dinkum owns a not-insignificant arsenal of guns and ammunition under the shakey legal premise that he runs a museum. It's implied Owens lets him get away with it because Dinkum is a harmless kook.
** Dinkum owns a non-functional Vickers machine gun, but has hunted down all the necessary parts to repair it. But as long as they're not actually in the gun, he can't be charged with owning a machine gun.
* ItsPersonal: Ray makes it more personal to bust Cortez's gang [[spoiler:after they kill his friend, Jerry.]]
* LudicrousGibs: Oh, ''so'' much.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Jerry Bailey]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Agent Ellen Richards]]
* MoreDakka: In addition to the Vickers machine gun, Mike Figuerola uses a Tommy gun. The Vickers gun [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe literally cuts one Mook in half]], just as it probably should in RealLife.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The sweet and adorable Mrs. Salazar, who blasts a [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] who trespassed in her store/home. Even better, she has [[{{Cool Gun}} an Uberti revolver carbine]] conveniently within reach right in the knitting basket.
-->'''Mrs. Salazar:''' No trespassing!
* PoliceAreUseless: The FBI and other law enforcement agencies and police departments other than Sheriff Owens and his deputies are shown to be highly incompetent, unhelpful and abrasive towards Owens. Or even corrupt.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: An unusual example as one character gets this when shot with a HandCannon at close range when his head should have exploded like a watermelon. The back of his head ended up all over the walls and ceiling, though, so it's partially averted.
* ProductPlacement: Virtually all of the vehicles in this film are made by General Motors.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: In addition to the .500 Magnum, TheDragon uses an old west-style revolver.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: TheMole still has to play the hostage for the villain's getaway and [[spoiler:being shoved out of a speeding car]] can be enough to kill someone.
* RunForTheBorder: The entire plot is driven by the fact that Cortez is trying to do this.
* RunningGag: Owens is always hanging up on Agent Bannister.
* SchizoTech: Dinkum dual wields a revolver and a shield at one point. Not a modern day tactical shield, mind you, but a medieval shield.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Cortez tries to bribe Owens to let him pass, but Owens bluntly turns him down.
-->'''Owens:''' My honor is not for sale.
* SemperFi: Martinez used to be a Marine, and even has "Semper Fi" tattooed on his forearm.
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler:Even while dying from a gunshot wound]] Jerry encourages Sarah to give her ex-boyfriend, Frank, a second chance.
* ShoutOut: After the LockAndLoadMontage, Figuerola is seen holding the Atlantean Sword from the 1982 [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]] film.
* SwissBankAccount: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that TheMole learns the hard way that they are not that secret anymore as the FBI is able to get the info they need for an arrest.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: A few examples include Frank shooting a Mook 13 times at close range and Owens tackling a Mook off the roof of a building and putting a point-blank bullet in his head while both are still falling. Using a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle on unarmored cars is pretty much overkill and a waste of good ammunition... But then again, it was used by the bad guys.
* TokenEnemyMinority: The enemy is a Mexican drug cartel. Owens has a couple of Hispanic deputies.
* UrbanLegend: This film takes the urban legend about [[http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/stealth.asp a drug runner burning down desert roads at night in a black sports car]] and builds a film on it.
* VillainousValor: Cortez puts up a surprisingly determined fight. [[spoiler: Even briefly getting the upper-hand, by pulling out a concealed dagger and cutting the Sheriff's legs up pretty badly.]]
* WackyGuy: Lewis Dinkum.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Cortez carries a SIG-Sauer P229 early in the film (this is noticeable because Cortez is the only character in the film to have a P229), and uses it to kill an FBI agent. [[spoiler:When confronted by Owens on the bridge, one would expect Cortez to just pull out his pistol and shoot Owens, but the gun is never seen again]].
** Considering he [[spoiler: just got into a severe wreck, that totaled his car and left him dazed,]] it's not hard to believe he lost it at some point.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Frank Martinez and Sarah Torrance.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Owens busts out a German suplex and a powerbomb during his [[spoiler:final fight with the BigBad]].