At this point, I’ve come to the bitter realization that The Last Stand will, in strong likelihood, be a lesser effort from talented South Korean director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird), but we’re still hoping it delivers some worthwhile entertainment. Led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film follows our lead as a sheriff who most protect a town being invaded by criminals.
Ahead of its release a week from Friday, Lionsgate has now delivered the final trailer, which comes in a red band form. Surprisingly tame, with a few swear words thrown in here and there, the most R-rated element comes from an exploding body, but there are still some thrills to be had here, so lets hope the studio isn’t giving it all away. Check it out below and let us know if you plan on seeing the film next weekend.
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.
Also starring Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Peter Stormare and Genesis Rodriguez, The Last Stand arrives on January 18th, 2013.
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