Despite the stellar filmography of The Last Stand’s director Jee-woon Kim and the excitement surrounding its star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to acting, the film doesn’t seem to be building all that much buzz online. To be fair, it seems to tell a rock simple story, there haven’t been any mind blowing action scenarios in any of the trailers, and when its advertisements go for humor it’s more of the “Is Johnny Knoxville making fun of handicapped people?” variety than the actually funny variety. To this point, it hasn’t been clear if there was any reason to really give The Last Stand a chance other than its director’s reputation.
The debut of its red band trailer finally gives us a reason to root for this one though. And that reason is—plain and simple—over the top, bloody violence. We get to see Schwarzenegger tear people in half with a chain gun, we see a dude blown apart with a grenade launcher, and there’s even a well placed F-bomb that gets you juiced up to take in the final fight.
If all that weren’t enough to get you to cut this one some slack, there’s also finally some indication that Knoxville’s character is only some sort of infamous, troublemaker character rather than a handicapped man who gets sucked into violent events. So, despite the fact that this still leaves questions about why his performance goes so broad, it still offers up some reassurance that this is going to be cathartic, blood-splattering, stupid action and not something you have to think much about. Call me crazy, but I’m looking forward to seeing Arnie killing people again.
The film gets its release on January 18.