I thought I would watch this to see how The Stallones and Arnie are doing these days, not expecting much.
They are both getting old, but they seem to be able to still do their action bits just fine. I was expecting a bit more from Arnie though, there were no one-liners up until the last 30 minutes or so, and it was low on comedy relief. It did have the typical final scene where The Stallones walks away from the camera and makes a funny quip followed by a laugh, then freeze frame.
But the best scene involved a security camera with The Stallones saying “Say cheese!” followed by a big Arnie grin as he looked at the camera. And we also got to hear Arnie speaking German, the first time I have ever heard him speak his own language on film. He was doing a rant, and one website review I read after watching this said he could be the next Klaus Kinski, hehe!
The rest of it was entertaining on a basic level, all the thrills and spills expected from a film of this type, lots of head bashing, shooting, and the odd explosion. There was one scene which started off with great promise. Arnie was trying to get into a military helicopter to escape but The Stallones was late getting there, so to buy some time he disconnected one of the those big machine guns they have on helicopters, then the camera changed to a slow motion face shot of Arnie turning around with a “I’m gonna shoot the crap out of everything like I did in that jungle scene in Predator with that gatling gun” look on his face. I was thinking the next cut to him mowing down baddies was going to be great, but it fizzled out, just showing him gunning down a small hand full of guys and not an explosion in sight. It could have been the scene of the film, but wasn’t.
Overall though, it was a mildly entertaining film. I don’t care if I don’t see a The Stallones film again, but I would love to see more Arnie, perhaps in a comedy because he is good at that, perhaps teaming up with Danny DeVito again for Twins 2.
Date watched: August 5th
Film count 2015: 104
You can see a bit of Arnie’s slow-mo scene at 2:12…