Arnie is making one Hell of a comeback after a number of years away from the world of films. It was seven years since his last movie, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Expendables, with a brief cameo in Around the World in 80 Days in-between. However, with a much bigger role in The Expendables 2, Arnie has also lined up a number of big films for the coming years: The Tomb, Unknown Soldier, Breacher and most interesting of all has to be The Last Stand. Why you ask? Well, because not only does it have Arnie playing a sheriff not to be messed with, but it is directed by Ji-woon Kim, the last person anyone ever expected to be directing an Arnie film.
Ji-woon Kim is responsible for some of South Korea’s most daring and shocking cinema, including classics like: A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good The Bad The Weird, I Saw the Devil and the upcoming Doomsday Book. Not your typical Arnie director, so with any luck this will not be your typical Arnie film (meant in a good way of course!). The official synopsis and poster have now been released for the film, let me share them with you here.
Just a quick note, the trailer for The Last Stand will arrive at the end of this week!
Directed by Ji-woon Kim, The Last Stand stars Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside JohnnyKnoxville, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Genesis Rodriguez and Zach Gilford.
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.
By Matt Wavish