Release Date: January 18
Director: Jee-woon Kim
While he's made a notable comeback in The Expendables films, the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger will grace the top of a marquee for the first time in a decade, this time sporting a sheriff's shield, a grizzled demeanor, and a modernized take on the traditional western movie plot.
What We Know:
The Governator plays Ray Owens, a jaded ex-LAPD narcotics officer who now lives a quieter life as sheriff in a sleepy small town on the US/Mexican border. However, the town's sleepiness is about to receive a wake-up call when a vicious drug cartel head their way after a speed-heavy caper that freed their leader from FBI custody.
Now, circumstances have forced Ray to give his upstart deputies a quick lesson in badass action and even badder puns since their happy hamlet is the final geographic obstacle before the pernicious pushers can elude authorities across the border.
Aided by an eccentric sidekick in Jackass star, Johnny Knoxville, Ahnuld will truly be "back" and joined by a cast consisting of Rodigo "Xerxes" Santoro, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzmán, and Thor's Jaimie Alexander.
What We Expect:
While this seems to be standard Schwarzenegger fare, it has potential to be a turning point for this stage of his career. Arnold is still cool and brutal as ever to both baddies and the English language. However, for the first time, he seems to carry somewhat of a Clint Eastwood vibe. We're seeing him not as "the giant Austrian brute," but rather, as an aging "get off my lawn or I'll rip your head off" type of action star. That's got to be worth the price of admission.
The film also marks the US debut of Korean director, Jee-woon Kim. Known for heavily stylized films which are meticulous in detail in his native South Korea, Kim will probably look to hit the ground running at the helm for the comeback vehicle of one of the action's genre's biggest, most important stars.
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