Despite his little cameos in "The Expendables" films, it will be almost ten years since the last time we saw Arnold Schwarzenegger in a leading action role. That's about to change with next week's release of the new cop thriller "The Last Stand," in which Arnold stars as an aging small-town sheriff who becomes the last hurdle for a psychotic fugitive ( Eduardo Noriega) headed to the Mexican border in a souped-up sports car.
But now at age 65, can Arnold really still be a believable hero? Well, this just-released red band trailer indicates that the action icon hasn't lost his touch when it comes to delivering cheesy one-liners. ("You f-cked up my day off!") Though granted, he moves a bit slower now. Arnold is still capable of mowing down a long line of bad guys, especially with the help of a military machine gun that Johnny Knoxville lovingly calls his "crazy bitch." It looks like Korean director Kim Jee-woon (who makes his English-language debut) is going for more silliness than serious. Here's hoping it turns out to be a fun time in the theaters when it opens on January 18th.
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. Cortezí 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 ultimatel
The Last Stand stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville, Eduardo Noriega, Luis Guzman, Rodrigo Santoro, Zach Gilford, Genesis Rodriguez
Release: January 18th, 2013