Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone’s The Tomb is a buddy film arriving in the “wrong” century, a time when brazen masculinity and unflappable patriotism have been replaced by post-9/11 disillusionment (onscreen, that is).

Last month’s The Expendables 2 resurrected the American cowboy mentality that prevailed in testosterone cinema of the 1980s – with so much winking (read our review) it bordered on self-parody. However, Arnie and Sly are getting more serious about keeping a proud tradition of male-pattern badness alive and thriving with their new collaboration.

Summit has set the buddy/prison escape thriller to hit theaters on September 27th, 2013. The film (ironically?) faces competition in two post-recession business thrillers headlined by fresher faces – Liam Hemsworth’s Paranoia and Justin Timberlake’s Runner Runner.

Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand kicks off the run next January, followed by Stallone’s Bullet to the Head a couple weeks later. Both films wear their ’80s and ’90s influence with pride; however, they also integrate the hyper-kinetic thrills of contemporary action franchises (Fast and the Furious, in particular) with old-school tropes that its aging – yet still intimidatingly-ripped – stars’ calling cards. The Tomb is cut from the same cloth, judging by the following synopsis:

‘The Tomb’ follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer, a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

A pre-shooting script review confirms that traces of DNA from such films as Predator and Tango & Cash can be found in The Tomb. Milo Chapman penned the initial draft, but the screenplay was thereafter given a rewrite by Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror Mirror). Helming duties were taken on by genre director Mikael Håfström, whose credits include 1408 and The Rite.

Look for a trailer for The Tomb to emerge around the same time Schwarzenegger and Stallone return to the big screen in their respective new vehicles.

Source: Box Office Mojo