I have big respect for these two men, between them they were blockbuster movies during the 80’s and early 90’s, the only shame is the fact they never struck up a partnership until now, I can see why they thought this would be a good idea, but if movies were purely about art and less about making money this film would never have seen the light of day.
The story is unbelievable in every way (What’s that I hear you say, action movies have a licence to be flexible with the truth) not to the level that this film takes it to, you have Stallone who looks every bit his 68 years matched with Arnies 67-year-old face whose only true expression says please let me go home and rest under a duvet, at one point Arnie holds on to a helicopter gun and blows the bad guys away, I thought for a second he was having a heart attack until realised his eyes were trying to look intimidating.
The dialogue throughout is also lame, it reminded me of Tango & Cash, you got two guys wandering around in a prison and the only danger they witness is getting caught planning their escape or getting caught while trying to escape,apart from that prison looks like a holiday camp if this film is anything to go by.
Facts about the film –
Sylvester Stallone injured a tendon of his right foot during the filming of a fight scene. He required 70 stitches.
During filming on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a military convention caused streams of uniformed soldiers and marines to accidentally stumble onto the set. When the crew began to clear the set for the shoot, Sylvester Stallone made a point to stop and pose for pictures with multiple men and women in uniform. It was shortly after filming that Stallone got news that his oldest son, Sage, had died from a heart attack.
The idea of a movie co-starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger had been discussed between the two men for many years, as far back as the mid-1980s. Different scripts had been pitched or written, but Schwarzenegger said his and Stallone’s schedules were not able to match up. Schwarzenegger’s exit as governor and his cameo appearances in Stallone’s Expendables movies prompted the two of them to revisit the idea of working together.