When you think of Arnold Schwarzenegger, you probably think one-liners, fist fights, big guns, car chases and explosions, right? You never think of some dramatic moment. But what if I told you that in 1970 the Governator won the Golden Globe for New Male Star of the Year for the dramatic comedy Stay Hungry? It’s true.
So for his first leading role since 2003’s T3 do you think he would be bringing in some of that dramatic acting chops? Nah! It’s one-liners, fist fights, big guns, car chases and explosions all the way, baby! Also, feeling really old.
Schwarzenegger stars as Sheriff Owens, a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he 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 accepts responsibility for one of the most daring face offs in cinema history.
Yeah, I know. More wooden acting than a marionette show, but tell me you didn’t have a grin when Arnie unveiled that mini-gun? This is vintage Ahnuld stuff here, with a dash of Fast and Furious thrown in just for good measure, so if you’ve never been a fan of these types of films, then this will probably not be changing your mind anytime soon.
But if, like me, you grew up on this particular type of 80’s cheese platter of bullets and explosions, then this should be right up your body-strewn alley.