Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger has already shown up in two geriatric action hero vehicles (Expendables 1 & 2), I’ve been waiting to see some of the results from his first solo Hollywood flick. Thankfully, I’m not the least bit disappointed in the trailer for Arnold’s comeback, The Last Stand.
The two most important things needed to make a successful Schwarzenegger movie are 1) Outrageous Action, and 2) Corny/Bad-Ass One-liners. The Last Stand appears to have copious amounts of both… And I’m happy to report Arnold can still deliver his one-liners like nobody else.
In one scene, Arnold crashes though the glass doors of a restaurant. As he lies on the floor we hear a customer ask, “How are you sheriff?” to which Arnold responds, “Old…”. In another scene we see the villain (Peter Stormare) ask, “Who the hell are you?”… and Arnold’s answer? “I’m the sheriff.” If those two dialogue exchanges were the ONLY things this trailer consisted of, I’d still want to see the hell out of this film.
But there are a couple more reasons I’m interested in checking out The Last Stand: The film co-stars Jaimie Alexander (Sif from Thor) and has Korean director Jee-woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil and The Good, The Bad, The Weird) making his American directorial debut. If you’ve seen Kim’s earlier works, you know the man can put together some incredible action pieces.
Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.
The Last Stand will be released in the US on January 18th, 2013.