Ok, this is Arnie’s new film and for any of you asking – is this really a small indie movie? – I’m going to mention it because:
1. I really liked the director’s other films that I’ve seen, especially his asian western ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Weird’ (which is really worth trying to get hold of – I can still remember the opening scene which starts high up in the sky and tracks a bird down towards, and into, a moving locomotive)
2. It is an Independent movie
3. It’s very enjoyable (in a fast food kind of way)
4. It seems to have been unfairly maligned
Often in this genre there are idiotic plot points and characters doing stupid things to drive the story forward or to justify an action sequence. Suprisingly I found characters doing fairly credible things (for a movie), and the plotting was actually pretty intelligent and full of little surprises.
The basic premise: bad guy escapes from the FBI in Los Angeles, drives off in a super fast car (that even the FBI helicopters can’t keep up with), has his gang clear the route of FBI and SWAT teams – leaving only Arnie’s sherrif, ‘Ray’, and his deputies to stop said bad guy at the border to Mexico.
The escape is very neat, and the action is all nicely staged (stunts seemed old school rather than CGI) though I would like to have seen more of the director’s trademark visual flair come through – it was definitely muted – I think this was probably due to the constraints of a US film production.
The film is peppered with gallows humour (though the odd Arnie one liner was a bit groan inducing), and it has a certain joie de vivre.
If you are an action fan or an Arnie fan, pre-Eraser, there is much to enjoy here!