JT Film Review

Upcoming Movies – Throwback-Action Double Header

Upcoming Movies – Throwback-Action Double Header
(The Last Stand Opening Date: January 18, 2013)
(Bullet to the Head Opening Date: February 1, 2013)

Studios seem to be trying to capitalize on the release of The Expendables 2 by releasing two trailers for solo efforts by both Arnie and Sly. Is this a new era in their careers, or just a false start to more decline? Only history will tell. We’ll see!


1. First up (in release order) is Arnie’s The Last Stand. Directed by Jee-woon Kim (probably best known to us for The Good, the Bad, and the Weird). This is Schwarzenegger’s first lead role after backing away from politics, and he is back to the kind of movie he loves best. He plays the sheriff of a quiet town which will soon see the arrival of fleeing Mexican drug runners. In a very Gary Copper way, he finds himself rallying the town’s people to defend themselves (or something like that.) Here’s the trailer.

Action movies always stick close to a formula, so it’s perhaps unfair to compare the plot to High Noon, but that flavour is there. Movies of this sort seem to rely on a lead with enough personality, a bit of humour here and there, and good action. Arnold certainly has a distinct personality, and the director has done well before, so I find myself being cautiosly optimistic about this one!

 Tomatometer Rating Guess: 67%


2. Next up is Stallone’s Bullet to the Head. Stallone is a lone wolf-type who is recruited by a young cop t hunt down the man who killed Stallone’s old partner. The “one last job” scenario. Chrstian Slater and Forest Whitakker make breif appearances in the trailer, while the bad guy is played by none other than Jason Momoa (of Game of Thrones and Conan fame). Here’s the trailer.

Now I am more a fan of Sly than Arnie, so I am more inclined to see Bullet in the Head, but I think Arnie’s looks better. It certainly seems to have a cleaner focus, but Bullet could surprise us with some unrevealed plot detail or character depth *cough*. It brings the humour too.

 Tomatometer Rating Guess: 45%


Thoughts? Are you for Sly or Arnie? Are you even interested? Leave your thoughts below!



August 17, 2012 - Posted by | Upcoming Movies | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Pretty close with this one! Only 8 points off with The Last Stand, and a mere 2 points with Bullet to the Head!

    Comment by jamesturpin | May 22, 2013 | Reply

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