Only a month or so until the official, big-screen return of Arnold Schwarzenegger (he had a small part to play in “The Expendables 2”, but this is his first leading role in quite some time) in Lionsgate’s “The Last Stand”.
I argue the motivation behind the current poster for the film, which advertises Johnny Knoxville’s involvement in the film as much as it does the Oak, but quite like the trailers we’ve seen of the film so far. Here’s the latest, it’s a 60-second TV spot for the revenge-western throwback (again, Knoxville gets a plug, assumingly just to bring in the Jackass crowd, but it’s not as hurtful on the eyes or as much an insult to the Schwarzenegger brigade as the one-sheets are).
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.
And if you haven’t seen the previous “Last Stand” visual teases, here they are :