Arnold "Knows What's Coming" In The Trailer For THE LAST STAND

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Arnold "Knows What's Coming" In The Trailer For THE LAST STAND
With The Last Stand, Kim Jee-woon, the Korean wunderkind behind a Tale of Two Sisters & I Saw The Devil, is making his English-language, big-bang Hollywood debut. And perhaps more importantly it's Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role since 2003's Terminator 3. Now is this a triumphant return? Well the film's first trailer certainly wants you to believe so. And it's a slick piece of work with the former governor of California crashing through doors (declaring he's old), falling through canopies, driving through cornfields and staring down the mad eyes of Peter Stormare. So while it's clear Arnie's acting his age, he's still a commanding... err excuse me, commando... presence.   

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Kim Jee-woon's hard-hitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND. 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.

Check out the trailer over on Apple. The Last Stand releases in many continental European countries, January 17th 2013, in North America and Russia on January 18th, in the UK on January 25th  and in Australia, February 21st.
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heatbagAugust 16, 2012 5:25 PM

Johnny Knoxville really steals the second half of this trailer.
He also seems to be sporting a bit of The Weird look from The Good, The Bad & The Weird.

CHUDAugust 16, 2012 5:31 PM

The trailer almost has me more anxious about the possibility of Hollywood tarnishing Kim's career. It's hard to tell, and I have nothing but hope, but it's still muddy water as of right now.

Todd BrownAugust 16, 2012 5:32 PM

No matter what happens with this Kim will always be welcome back in Korea to do some big ass stuff there. It's a no risk situation for him, I think.

wllosephAugust 16, 2012 6:12 PM

We will welcome the Geezernator back,this is a walk in the park for Arnold....

CHUDAugust 16, 2012 7:25 PM

I sure hope so, but even a shitty film career in Hollywood has got to be more lucrative than a good one in Korea and no one could blame him for wanting to get paid well. I'm most afraid of this being a huge box office hit, but also just being another formulaic actioner. And with Arnold in the lead it looks like it will probably be a hit.

BtoFuAugust 16, 2012 10:26 PM

Trailer looks like it's been cobbled together from no more than a few action scenes. And while this is the formula - considering it is Kim's film, could be a good thing if in fact it is more sparse on the action than we're being led to believe. Hopefully I'm not the only one who wants to see Kim paint Arnie as a crusty old man, living in his own head and remembering the good old days.

JFLAugust 17, 2012 7:36 AM

Is "I'm old" going to be the "I'm back" for the new millenium? Seeing the trailer was a weird mixture of flashbacks to The Shepherd: Border Patrol, the Walking Tall remake and the retirement home scenes from Cockneys vs Zombies.
Better to keep hopes low since this is not Kim's script. It's sad to see him turn into a low-cost-labourer from Asia in Hollywood. I doubt The Last Stand will have any straits of his previous films, only the slick visuals since cinematogrrapher Kim Ji-yong is also on board.

BucketAugust 17, 2012 7:49 PM

This trailer makes it look like your run-of-the-mill Hollywood actioner, but some of Kim's greatest strengths are the pacing and editing of his action, which this trailer can't convey. It looks like they made a reel out of the flashier moments in the film.

For whatever reason, this trailer reminds me of Hard Target, John Woo's first Hollywood film. Pretty entertaining movie, but lacking some teeth from his Asian films with Hollywood producers staring over his shoulder, which is what I expect from this film.