‘The Last Stand’ Trailer: Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!

The first big film in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s star comeback was The Expendables 2, which expanded on his appearance in The Expendables, but didn’t give Arnie a movie of his own to play with. He takes center stage, however, in The Last Stand, with South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird; I Saw the Devil) making his English-language debut.

The film casts Arnie as an LA cop sent out to pasture as a small-town sheriff, who ends up being the last guy who can stop a cartel boss intent on fleeing south across the border. One trailer already played up the star’s age and the film’s action. Now a new trailer explains the setup in more detail, and shows off some of the moments in Schwarzenegger’s small-town life before the shit really starts to hit the fan. It also hints at a lot of action and thrills. There better be some payoff with that sword, is all I have to say.

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To hell with The Expendables, let’s move on to The Last Stand. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) makes his English-language debut directing Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to marquee-heading status. The straightforward action film features Arnie as a disgraced cop currently holding a small-town Sheriff post, who has to prevent a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.

Peter Stormare is the bad guy’s chief enforcer, but that’s OK; Arnie has Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, and, uh, Johnny Knoxville on his side. Read More »

Well, it looks a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger on any typical Wednesday, but here’s an official shot of the returning action star as he appears in The Last Stand. The film is from South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird) and features Arnie as a disgraced LA cop who has found a late-in-life gig as a small town sheriff in a border town.

When a drug lord is racing to cross the US-Mexico border, Arnie and a ragtag group are tasked with stopping him.

Update: Another image showed up, via Mr. Schwarzenegger’s official site. Find it below.

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Some of the biggest genre-oriented directors out of South Korea have, in addition to their signature features, dallied with segments in anthology films. Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) did a part in the film Three…Extremes; Bong Joon-ho (Mother, The Host) did a segment for Tokyo!; and Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Last Stand) did a segment in 3 Extremes II.

Now Kim Jee-woon is going back to the anthology, as he is a producer and director on Doomsday Book, a three-part anthology about the end of the world. Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel) is his co-conspirator, with the directors each doing one segment solo and collaborating on the third. As his solo effort, Kim directs a segment about a robot that develops its own consciousness. (Pictured above.) An English-subbed trailer is now available; check it out below. Read More »

Celebrity Twitter accounts make some first-look reveals pretty easy. I’m surprised it has taken this long for Arnold Schwarzenegger to tweet out a cast photo from his new action movie The Last Stand. And I’ll say this: in this pic at least, he looks the part of an aged lawman who has retreated to a sheriff post in a small down. That’s Jamie Alexander with Arnie in the header pic; see the full image below for a glimpse of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville as well. Read More »

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Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.

The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »

Sometime last summer, a report surfaced that Jim Carrey had been offered a part, possibly the lead, in the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell has since landed the title role, but now it seems Carrey may be interested in climbing aboard in a different capacity.

Carrey has entered negotiations for the film, which will be directed by 30 Rock‘s Don Scardino. Chad Kultgen first drafted the film, then John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein did a rewrite, and Jason Reitman was recently hired to polish the script. The story follows a Vegas magician who breaks up with his stage partner and finds himself upstaged by a younger, hipper illusionist. Carrey’s potential character in the film has not been revealed, though I suppose the most obvious guess is that he’ll play Wonderstone’s former partner. [Deadline]

After the jump, Eduardo Noriega takes on the Governator, while two Immortals stars head to Asia.

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It’s an action/thriller casting break this evening, featuring the return of some classic actors to familiar old stomping grounds. So after the break you’ll find:

  • Peter Stormare is a bad guy in Arniold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand,
  • Anthony Hopkins will hunt a serial killer in Solace,
  • and Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and John Travolta may be confirmed for The Expendables 2.

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Violent revenge flicks are pretty much heroin for most film fans. We inject the works of Park Chan-Wook  and Takashi Miike directly into our veins, swooning in the delights of violence and hyperkinetic cinema. In comparison, Kim Jee-woon is relatively new to the scene. His film, The Good The Bad and the Weird, certainly made a significant blip on film fan’s radar and now with his latest film, I Saw the Devil, Jee-woon has crafted an even more visceral experience. After getting rave reviews as a secret screening at Fantastic Fest 2010, I Saw the Devil has taken the Sundance Film Festival and in turn it’s taken the revenge film, turned it on its head and drenched it with blood. Read more after the break. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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