ARNOLD Schwarzenegger wasn't joking when he growled: "I'll be back."
Having served two terms as governor of California, which necessitated a 10-year hiatus from headline roles on the big screen, the professional bodybuilder turned actor returns with a vengeance in Kim Jee-woon’s testosterone-fuelled action thriller.
Politics has improved him immeasurably in front of the camera.
Delivery of dialogue is softer and less robotic, and in the film’s most touching moment, there is a glisten of genuine saltwater in those big, brown Austrian eyes.
Like Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, Schwarzenegger is aware of his physical limitations as a 65-year-old action man and pokes fun at his pensioner status.
Schwarzenegger plays Ray Owens, sheriff of Sommerton Junction on the US-Mexico border. Ray is looking forward to a day off, leaving his three deputies – Sarah Torrance (Jaimie Alexander), Jerry Bailey (Zach Gilford) and Mike Figuerola (Luis Guzman) – in charge.
Alas, news filters through that drugs kingpin Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) has escaped FBI custody and has taken Agent Ellen Richards (Genesis Rodriguez) hostage.
Arnie is back and with several films in the pipeline, including new instalments of Terminator.