‘The Last Stand’ Trailer: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Sheriff In This Town

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 17th, 2014 at 11:12 pm,

Well… he told you he’d be back, didn’t he?

Yes, technically Arnold Schwarzenegger has been easing his way back into acting with a cameo in The Expendables two years ago, followed by a larger role in Expendables 2 (opening this weekend). The latter includes the above teaser trailer for The Last Stand, where Ah-nuld steps back into the limelight as an aging border-town sheriff, who must take down an escaped cartel head and his entourage of thugs.

Last Stand has the makings of a vintage 1990s action flick, judging by the trailer footage. World-weary protagonist who coughs up one-liners (Schwarzenegger), his plucky comic relief sidekick (Johnny Knoxville), the determined, but inexperienced, female rookie (Jaimie Alexander), high-body count shootouts, bone-crunching fistfights, crazy chase sequences (here, through a corn field) – and a federal agent (Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker) whose last hope to stop a bunch of dangerous criminals is the semi-retired hero who must pick up his gun once again? All present and accounted for.

It’s the same (as our Kofi Outlaw put it) “machismo-cheesy” approach that makes the Last Stand poster fun to joke about, but it’s also a welcome return-to-form for the ex-Governator. Moreover, Last Stand director Kim Jee-Woon seems to be having fun playing with these tried-and-true tropes, while infusing them with a bit of contemporary edge to keep the proceedings feeling fresh and energetic.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘The Last Stand’

Jee-Woon, for those not familiar, is a Korean filmmaker heralded for his work on such cult horror-drama titles as A Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw the Devil, along with the high-octane western The Good, the Bad, the Weird. He can go disturbingly dark and heavy when the occasion calls for it (see: I Saw the Devil), but Jee-Woon also knows when to keep his tongue pressed firmly against his cheek. While Last Stand appears to have its serious moments, first-timer Andrew Knauer’s script calls more for the latter approach.

We’ll have to wait and see if Knauer has devised more memorable quips for Schwarzenegger than what is featured in the Last Stand trailer. As entertaining as it is to watch Ah-nuld face off against Peter Stormare (Prison Break) and fire off rounds with a shotgun, he needs, nay, deserves something more quotable than “I am the sheriff!” (too bad “I am the law!” is already taken).

The Last Stand opens in U.S. theaters on January 18th, 2013.

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Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. it looks good,without schwarzenegger it would be just another gangster-drugcartell action thriller. but with arnold in the main role and his real solomovie after his debuts in -the exp.- it is a badass arnold flick. and, that´s the most important, he´s back !

  2. Looks like a fun movie that is not to be taken too seriously. I will watch it for sure, and yeah, Arnold makes it a anticipated movie for sure. Having Johnny Knoxville in it as a civilian that gets a badge reminds me of “Walking Tall” lol.

  3. Yessssssss!!! Can’t wait for this!! Looks pretty decent, that’s all Arnie needs, decent director and he’s sorted, James Cameron needs to take his head out of his Assvatar and make a movie just for Arnie, those two make movie magic!

  4. thank god that i mustn´t take the role of knoxville for too serious,but he looks more then weird in this trailer and the scenes with arnold and him fit good,because arnold can also be very funny .

  5. Looks fun and entertaining. Something too many movies have lost over the years. Sometimes less is more. Dont fix it if it ain’t broke.

    Good to see Arnie back in action.

  6. Yeah Knoxville is a good choice, he was funny in Walking Tall, that’s just reminded me of Arnie passing over the action man torch to The Rock in Welcome to the Jungle, quality!

  7. cameron and arnold have made dreammovies together,and he could give him one main role as the next general from the earthtroops that will be for sure back in avatar 2 and 3. i like avatar,it is one of my fav.movies(but tastes are different),i can´t wait to see pandora and the navis(i hope it is written right)back on screen.

  8. He’s Back!

    That line when he says “he knows what’s coming” sounded like he was having fun lol.

  9. It releases in January?!
    That’s a bad movie month.

    • U sure about that!? in January 2012 Contraband, Underworld & The grey were released. Each did respectively well.

      • i think also the woman in black also came out in January. I liked contraband and loved the grey. January 2012 was actually a good movie month, hopefully January 2013 is good as well.

  10. Love!!

  11. This looks great!!

  12. YES!!! Welcome back, m’man!

  13. Welcome back, Arnold!

  14. i love how these new movies keep poking at the aging action stars, really lightens the mood up (and states the obvious).

    i love how these action stars are leaning more towards drama then big old action, it shows that they’re maturing as both actors and people.

    arnie man look a little odd prancing around with a shotgun and his accent might slightly hinder the tone of the movie, but i will be watching this on release just for old times sake ;)

  15. Haha this looks like fun! “Im old” no s***!!

  16. Why didn’t those SUVs/Trucks at the start just go around the police cars?

  17. Good to see him back.

  18. I want Commando 2!

    Jenny (bring on alyssa!!) gets kidnapped again by Bennett who survived his previous encounter with Matrix simply by letting of some steam… in Hawai.
    The now part man, part machine, all villain travels to Val Verde as a way to lure Matrix to follow him.
    Arriving in Val Verde, Matrix realizes that an entire army is between him and his daughter. But somehowe… someway… Bennett is gonne pay!

  19. the God of action is back! what an icon. love Sly too but Arnie just rules.

  20. Looks as bad as the rest of his films! Back to the 80′s we go.

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