The Last Stand talks about a retired police officer that miraculously stops a criminal fugitive from escaping. This is a feel good movie through and through – the retired yet exceedingly capable man that everyone wishes to be, honour overcoming greed, and fast exciting action scenes with bullets and driveplay.
Everything is idealized where the situation is assumed that the retired officer has enough income coordinating a police force in a rural town. The criminal has access to many people which carve out a path for him in a clever manner, which adds to the excitement. An honest, polite officer is shot down on duty and revenge sought for his death. The protagonist retired officer somehow gathers the resources to defeat a coordinated professional team of criminals.
The last point is the first distortion of reality, which may lead people to fuel the belief that as long as one is good, one will be supported and have the support to remain good, so to speak. Unfortunately such circumstances are rare at best and the world is not so black and white. We live in a system of hierarchies and inequalities that we need to abide by, which the path to remain sustainable is not always the path to upholding that which is good. So while witnessing good trumping evil against all odds is satisfying, it may fuel the common belief that good always trumps evil which is not the case at all if one simply look at how, with no good force materializing to stop this evil, us human beings are mining the world with full force compromising the majority of the Earth.
The movie also has a subplot of an ex boyfriend reuniting with a female character, which fuels the common belief that love can be rekindled through struggles together. This is also a highly idealized belief with no practical reason for rekindling in sight, except to raise the value of the movie as a feel good drug, which reinforces our idealized value of good at the cost of ignoring the practical side that we need to do something to do good.
All in all, The Last Stand unpretentiously presents itself as a feel good movie, and this is okay provided that people are educated enough to not fuel within themselves such idealized beliefs, which falter when looked at from a practical, day-to-day perspective.