FILM: THE LAST STAND
Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director KIM Jee-woon’s hard-hitting U.S. directorial debut, ‘The Last Stand’.
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.
With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’s path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive 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 rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
CAST: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, FOREST WHITAKER, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, RODRIGO SANTORO, JAIMIE ALEXANDER, LUIS GUZMÁN, EDUARDO NORIEGA, PETER STORMARE, ZACH GILFORD, GENESIS RODRIGUEZ, DANIEL HENNEY
DIRECTOR: KIM JEE-WOON
FILM: THE IMPOSSIBLE
Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise.
But on the morning of December 26, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
Based on a true story, ‘The Impossible’ is the account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, ‘The Impossible’ is a journey to the core of the human heart.
“We’re not just dealing with a survival film.
It also raises the question of who you want to survive for and in what way. There is something very powerful that goes beyond the tragic and speaks of the human condition, something that moves people very deeply when they hear the story,” says the director.
CAST: NAOMI WATTS, EWAN MCGREGOR, TOM HOLLAND, GERALDINE CHAPLIN
DIRECTOR: JUAN ANTONIO BAYONA