New pics from Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand

Will Arnie prove he isn’t too old for a good action film when The Last Stand is released in January next year? Top 10 Films has some pictures from the set…




Images courtesy of Lionsgate UK

The Last Stand is released in the UK January 24th 2013.

Synopsis: Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean action-suspense 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. 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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in THE LAST STAND. Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, THE LAST STAND also stars Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the TRANSFORMERS series, RED, GI JOE, SALT).

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    mark Reply

    10 things linking Arnie with former US prez Ronald Reagan:

    (1) After successful Hollywood acting careers, both served two terms as governor of California.

    (2) Both were Republicans (although Reagan started life as a Democrat, while Arnie merely married one).

    (3) As political leaders, both espoused fiscal responsibility while ignoring the fact they were raking up healthy deficits during their time in office.

    (4) During their acting careers, both went outside of their usual screen personas by trying comedy.

    (5) They were both successful in their respective fields before becoming actors (AS – body building/bizzo man; RR – radio sportz broadcaster).

    (6) They both saved people from drowning (official number: RR – an amazing 78; AS – 1).

    (7) Arnie’s true heyday was in Reagan’s America, while the propaganda arm of Reagan’s America benefitted from the violently populist efforts of super hero actors like AS, Stallone and Chuck Norris.

    (8) Despite their star presence, neither have been considered serious actors (OK, this is a little unfair to RR – he did make the Hollywood A list, but WWII pretty much killed that).

    (9) Both are associated with famous film lines (eg: AS – “I’ll be back”; RR – “Do it for the Gipper” [or something like that]).

    (10) Both had autobiographies with titles associated with a film they had been in – AS has just released Total Recall, while RR’s first book (1964ish) was called “Where’s the Rest of Me?”, which is a line from King’s Row.

    One of the areas where they really differ is their lives post politics. Apparently Reagan was offered a part as one Al Pacino’s rubber-faced gang members in Dick Tracy, but he turned it down (either that or Warren Beatty thought about casting him but the idea died in the arse).

    That was probably a wise decision.

    Arnie, on the other hand, seems set to resurrect his action film career, judging from these above photos.

    Personally, I think the governator should do something else. He was already long in the tooth by the time of Eraser (where the only redeeming scene, really, was when he was firing his pistol mid air at an approaching jumbo jet). End of Days was pretty abysmal; T3 had some second tier moments, but it was really more of the same.

    If AS insists on acting again, maybe he needs to do some Austrian old man character stuff in the spirit of Reagan, when Dutch played those young optimistic American blokes back in the 1930s.

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    Dan Reply

    Haha…I like the relationship between Arnie’s heyday and popular “action-man” cinema of the Reagan era!

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