The Last Stand is a 2013 action film centering around Gabriel Cortez, 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, and a couple of his deputies.This film marks Arnold Schwarzenegger's first leading role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, and him working with famed director, KimJi-woon.
Artistic License - Law: Sheriff Ray Owens asks to see Lewis Dinkum's gun permit, then threatens Dinkum with a citation for carrying a 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.
Badass Grandpa: Since Arnold is now pushing 65 he qualifies for this. He even Lampshades it after he crashes through the front door of the local diner.
Man in Diner: How you feeling, Sheriff? Sheriff Ray Owens: Old.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: 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.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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.
Flare Gun: Lewis Dinkum shoots a fleeing bad guy with it. The flare ends up igniting his bandolier (which sets off grenades just under said bandolier), which explodes and results in a gory mess.
Guns Akimbo: A Mook uses this to practical effect by shooting at Frank Martinez and Sarah Torrance.
Hand Cannon: 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.
I Call It "Vera": 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.
Idiot Ball: 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?
Informed Ability: 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 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 accelerationnote 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. and top speednote 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. 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.
Juggling Loaded Guns: Jerry tries out Dinkum's Hand Cannon, underestimating its severe recoil. Following a very painful smack into his nose and an accidental discharge (very Truth in Television 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.
Loophole Abuse: 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.
Police Are Useless: 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.
Pretty Little Headshots: An unusual example as one character gets this when shot with a Hand Cannon 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.
Product Placement: Virtually all of the vehicles in this film are made by General Motors.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 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.
What Happened to the Mouse?: 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. 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.