"Who the hell are you?"
"I'm the sheriff."
Arnold Schwarzenegger may be popping up in The Expendables 2, but he's not officially back until The Last Stand hits theaters on January 18, 2013. It's rather an inauspicious date for Schwarzenegger's big comeback, if you think about it. The Last Stand is Arnold's first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, so we imagine the relatively sparse release schedule of January should work in his favor. If the relatively small action film needs to coast on the novelty of seeing The Governator back in action, the competition will be sparse enough to boost the numbers. And if it doesn't do very well, they can always write the box office off by saying, "Well, it opened in January, so we what did you expect?"
As for the trailer itself, it's a little straightforward, evoking the Raw Deal by way of John Wayne, a massive shift from Arnold's later blockbusters that tended to focus on big spectacle. The tone seems slightly comedic, in keeping with director Kim Jee-woon's previous film, The Good, The Bad and the Weird, although more subdued that that outlandish western. As for Arnold… well, he may need to grow back into his acting shoes. He seems stiffer than usual, don't you think?
From the official press release:
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive 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 rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
What did you think of the trailer?