When it comes to the three South Korean directors making their Hollywood debuts in 2013, unfortunately we’ve got the lowest expectations for Kim Ji-woon‘s The Last Stand. Although we’re still looking forward to checking it out, the January release and generic nature of the plot have us a bit worried, but hopefully this director can transfer his talents to a English-language audience.
Starring action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, we’ve now got the first clip from the film, which shows off a bit of action before he makes a quip about his age. While some of Ji-woon’s kinetic style can be seen here, hopefully there is much more in store and especially a script that doesn’t point out Arnie’s elderliness every three minutes. Check it out below via MTV, along with a new quad poster from IGN, featuring co-star Johnny Knoxville.
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.
The Last Stand opens January 18th.
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