« Gibson to direct ancient Jewish warrior film | Filmstalker | The Raid trailer is non-stop action »


Arnie considering change of style with Captive?

Schwarzenegger-Pen.jpgIt sounds a little strange to me, but perhaps it's an acknowledgement of time gone by, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a film called Captive which currently has a plot which suggests he's not the all action hero that he used to be.

Perhaps he is acknowledging that we can no longer see him as the Commando style lead, realising that he can't be the huge, muscled, do-all action hero that he once was.

Since returning we've heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger has already signed up for The Expendables 2 with a more expanded role than the first film, and that he's set to star in Jee-Woon Kim's Last Stand, so he's hitting two action films but are they seeing him as the old action star again?

It looks like the news about Captive would suggest that, for this film at least, he's not returning to full on action. Why am I saying that? Well Deadline report the plot for the film:

"Schwarzenegger is in early talks to play an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom. As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him."

Now I could be wrong but that film places him as the victim and it doesn't sound as though he's going to be fighting out of there himself saving the day as he would have done.

Could this be him taking a slightly less action route than his previous career? Well there's no denying he's older and not the Arnie we remember physically, but it wouldn't be something new, it's just not the character he's most loved for.

If we look back there are times in his pre-political era where he has played a less than complete action hero, where he has relied on others, hasn't taken it all on by himself, and altogether more human character. You could go to extremes such as Twins or look to films such as Collateral Damage, but it's not what the audience really love is it?

So what's in store for his post political career? Captive suggests it's one of these more human heroes, and The Expendables 2 will definitely have him working with others rather than taking it on all alone, what of Last Stand? That too has a story of a Sheriff and his team stopping a drug cartel leader so again there's the chance that he's going to be supported. Of course, it could turn out like the old and classic Predator where his team are picked off one by one and the final showdown is just him, and that would be the action hero we know and love.

If anything Last Stand sounds more like the old Arnie than the others, but will he be able to pull it off these days and do we want to see that still?



I don't know, I could see that turn around and go "These punks just went and kidnapped the wrong real estate magnate." lol

I'm saying this half joking but I really could see it happen to some extent. Though I agree; if anything I think we're gonna see a more human character akin to his role from Collateral Damage.

I'd agree if the plot didn't mention this detective on his trail, that's why I'm thinking it's going to be more of a joint force, the two sides coming together. Of course he could go all out and save himself and the detective character is just side plot thread, but I'm not so sure.

I would love to see the old Arnie back, but I wonder if a new Arnie could be a better Arnie too.

I'm eager to see if his "time off" as a political figure will reap positive effects on his acting. I enjoyed his tormented/shell-of-a-man role in End of Days (Though I seem to be the only one to have enjoyed that movie) and I would love to see him try and nail more fleshed out, complex characters. Though I'm not fooling myself, Arnie is no Shakespearean actor.

Although he has performed some Shakespeare...okay it was in Last Action Hero...

Hahaha! I was actually thinking the same as I wrote the line. I would have paid to see that version of Hamlet lol.


Add a comment


Site Navigation

Latest Stories


Vidahost image

Latest Reviews


Filmstalker Poll


Subscribe with...

AddThis Feed Button

Windows Live Alerts

Site Feeds

Subscribe to Filmstalker:

Filmstalker's FeedAll articles

Filmstalker's Reviews FeedReviews only

Filmstalker's Reviews FeedAudiocasts only

Subscribe to the Filmstalker Audiocast on iTunesAudiocasts on iTunes

Feed by email:



Help Out

Site Information

Creative Commons License
© www.filmstalker.co.uk

Give credit to your sources. Quote and credit, don't steal

Movable Type 3.34