- Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Zach Gilford, Peter Stormare, Harry Dean Stanton, Daniel Henney, John Patrick Amedori, Melissa Molinaro, Eduardo Noriega, Chris Browning, Kristen Rakes, Billy Blair, Eddie Fernandez, Tait Fletcher, Terrence Parks, Rio Alexander, Mark Sivertsen, Richard Dillard, Jermaine Washington, Dieter Rauter, Mario Moreno, James Burnett
- Director: Jee-woon Kim
- Writers: Andrew Knauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, George Nolfi, Andrew Knauer
- Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
- Associate Producer: Linda Pianigiani
- Executive Producers: Edward Fee, Miky Lee, Michael Paseornek, Guy Riedel
- Art Direction: James F. Oberlander
- Castings: Jo Edna Boldin, Ronna Kress
- Costume Design: Michele Michel
- D.O.P.: Ji-yong Kim
- Editor: Steven Kemper
- Makeup: Tarra D. Day
- Music: Mowg
- Production Design: Franco-Giacomo Carbone
- Set Decoration: Carla Curry
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Las Vegas, USA; New Mexico, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence throughout, and language
- Production Budget: $50 million
- Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures
- Production Schedule: 17 October 2011 - 2 February 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "While he has done cameos in projects such as "The Expendables," this will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger's first leading role since "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" ten years ago. In spite of personal and professional issues that plagued him right before filming in late 2011, the former Governor carried on. The result is the first of a new wave of at least a half dozen Arnie action titles scheduled to hit over the next 2-3 years.
Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, who directed the decidedly odd "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" along with the highly acclaimed "I Saw the Devil," makes his Hollywood debut on this $30 million action thriller set in a small town in New Mexico. He also recruited a fun supporting cast including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, Eduardo Noriega, Jaimie Alexander, Harry Dean Stanton, Peter Stormare and Genesis Rodriguez.
Arnie plays Ray Owens, a former LAPD cop who left the force following a bungled operation that got his partner killed. Now the sheriff of a sleepy border town, he finds himself in the firing line again when a fugitive drug kingpin and his gang make the run for the border in a specially outfitted car. At first reluctant to become involved, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for a face-off in his town.
It's a good warm-up style film for Schwarzenegger, a western with modern blockbuster sensibilities. R-rated, ball-smashing, back to basics action, all built on a simple and familiar concept and with a tongue planted firmly in cheek. Kim has a definite knack for this kind of material, and should ensure some healthy surprises along with a couple of memorable shots to make the whole endeavour stand out from the crowd. Not a bad way to kick off the year."