Truth be told, one doesn’t need a PhD in action movie set-ups to figure out exactly how things will go down in The Last Stand. Mind you, a lack of predictability isn’t exactly one of the film’s strengths. But for anyone who can stomach hyper-violent shoot-outs and appreciates thrilling car chases and elaborate set pieces, The Last Stand will be exciting enough.

Whether the movie will be the big career comeback that Arnold’s been hoping for, that’s another matter entirely. But in a month’s that’s typically short on cinematic thrills, the odds are probably in Schwarzenegger’s favor.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking. One character is perpetually drunk. Illegal drugs figure prominently into the plot.
  • Language/Profanity: Expletives, particularly the “f” word, da-- and sh--, are used throughout, plus there are a handful of instances where God and Jesus’s names are taken in vain or paired with da--.
  • Sex/Nudity: Kissing. Some women sport some skimpy attire.
  • Violence: The Last Stand is very gory and bloody throughout. There’s a particularly high body count thanks to several elaborately staged shoot-outs (some involve high-powered assault weapons) stabbings and intense car chases.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

Publication date: January 18, 2013