First 'The Last Stand' Clip Tips its Hat to Arnold's Age

Friday, 04 January 2013 09:21 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First 'The Last Stand' Clip Tips its Hat to Arnold's Age

The first clip from this month's The Last Stand has landed online, just as its protagonist lands after hurling himself through the window of a diner.

Despite a couple of cameos over the last decade, it's Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and after his gubernatorial vanity project.  This first official clip from the actioner wisely acknowledges that Schwarzenegger, who became a star principally on account of being inhumanly jacked, is now a 65 year-old man.  It does so with a little joke that seems to fit with the movie's broad comedic tone which, when combined with the over-the-top action, makes The Last Stand feel distinctly like a fond remembrance of Arnold's heyday.

The monosyllabic muscle slab plays Ray Owens (I really, really hope the movie doesn't explain why an Austrian is the law in a tiny border town), the sheriff of Summertown Junction.  This former LAPD narcotics cop and his town end up being of crucial importance as a globally-watned drug lord escapes U.S. custody and smashes unstoppably towards the Mexican border in a supercar that cruises at 200 miles per-hour.  Owens and a ragtag team of eccentric locals band together to stop this scumbag's voyage through their town.

The short clip clocking in at under thirty seconds debuted at MTV.

This movie marks the American feature debut of South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon, probably best known as the helmer behind The Good, The Bad, and the Weird.  He's working from a script by Andrew Knauer.

Schwarzenegger is clearly the main attraction here, but there's a pretty odd supporting cast that includes the likes of Luis Guzman, Forest Whitaker, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Johnny Knoxville, Zach Gilford, and Peter Stormare.

The Last Stand is just around the corner, hitting theaters on January 18th.

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