Trailers: Arnold's "Last Stand" > Sly's "Bullet to the Head"

Posted 9:24 AM August 17th, 2012 by Senh Duong
Sylvester Stallone in "Bullet to the Head"

What a present to action fans yesterday -- there were trailers for not one, but two, old-fashioned action films, each starring an 80s action icon.

The day started off with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and ended with Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head.” Both of these films have been rescheduled from their original release dates to January and February, months when studios release their films so they can disappear.

“The Last Stand” looks like an energetic, action-packed, no-nonsense action film that should satisfy Schwarzenegger’s fans. As his first top-billed film since leaving Sacramento, I think it’s a perfect role for him.

I’m not sure about Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” though. It reaks of his not so glory direct-to-video days. It’s just a little bit better than those. I could see why Warner Bros. decided to dumb it in February. It gave me a “Cobra” vibe, mixed with “Tango & Cash.” I’m not quite sure how to take that. I kinda wish, it went one way or the other. Sung Kang doesn’t have that happy-go-lucky appeal of Kurt Russell.

I’m just not sure about this one. Either strip the humor and give us “Cobra 2” or convince Russell to go back in drag for another “Tango & Cash.”

For me, there was a surprise cast member from each film. Johnny Knoxville in “The Last Stand” and Christian Slater for “Bullet to the Head.”

I guess the good thing about both trailers is that both Schwarzenegger and Stallone are making films that they would have made back in the eighties and nineties. What I like about “The Last Stand” is that the editing is at least fast and more representative of the times. “Bullet to the Head” tries to capture that youthful energy by casting a young Kang, but I don’t think he has enough charisma to match up with Stallone. I wish they had kept Thomas Jane.

While looking for an image to this post, I just saw the poster for "The Last Stand," and it's pretty damn cool. The design looks like those retro posters for "Star Wars." I would hang that in my wall - if the wife approves. Schwarzenegger's new film is just a slick, shiny package.

"Bullet to the Head" doesn't have a poster yet, but Stallone does have cool tattoos and really ripped abs -- impressive for a 65 year-old, even if he's on HGH.

"Bullet to the Head" Trailer:

"The Last Stand" Trailer:

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