What you may need to know
1. He’s back. (sorry)
2. Aftermath is an upcoming drama based on the events and, er, aftermath of the Überlingen mid-air collision in 2002. Probably don’t read up on it if you don’t want to know how the film ends.
3. As you can see, Arnie plays a doting grandfather, and is acting his bristly beard off. Is this against type? It’s hard to tell. His post-political output has been patchy; his action chops aren’t what they used to be, while his indie/drama output has tried its best to utilise his singular presence to confound audience expectations with limited success. 2015’s Maggie was a bit of a revelation, while Terminator Gene-whatever was simply appalling. He looked like he didn’t even know where he was in The Expendables 3 (2014).
4. Also on Arnie’s slate, you’ve got action comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther (he plays Gunther) and Russo-Chinese fantasy adventure Viy 2: Journey to China (no, really) in which he stars alongside Jackie Chan, Rutger Hauer and Charles Dance. Sold. Oh, and The Expendables 4.
5. Aftermath is written by Javier Gullón (2013’s Enemy), and produced by Darren Aronofsky, whose The Wrestler (2008) was of course a brilliant paean for Mickey Rourke’s own career as well as his character’s. That’s the kind of thing Arnie should be angling for at this stage.
6. He can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pain, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop, EVER…until you apologise.
Verdict: They should have taken the chopper
Release Date: April 7, 2017.