Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are milking their new-millennium comebacks for all they’re worth. Nearly 30 years after their heydays, the two aging actors are officially co-starring on the screen (because we don’t count a couple of glorified Expendables cameos) in their new film The Tomb.
If you’re an 80s action flick fan, then you’ve been waiting for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s on-screen team-up with Sylvester Stallone for a long time. Last Action Hero offered a nice nod and tease, The Expendables had a titillating cameo, and The Expendables 2 offers a bit more screen-time to Schwarzenegger, but he only needed 4 days to shoot his scenes, and the trailers only show him sharing the silver screen with Bruce Willis. So maybe that’s just more of a glorified cameo.
Fear not, 80s fans. The Tomb is the real deal, even if the plot sounds a little boring. The film has Stallone playing Ray Breslin, “the world’s foremost authority on structural security,” reports ScreenCrave. Apparently, he has analyzed “nearly every” high security prison on Earth. Misfortune finds him when he gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and you can almost guess the rest. He is sent to a high-tech prison facility that was built and designed around his own unbeatable (and inescapable) protocols.
Enter Schwarzenegger as Emil Rottmayer, “a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray,” who attempts to keep other prisoners from “losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.”
So it’s not Rambo vs. The Terminator, our childhood heroes are a bit saggier now, and it probably won’t have the gravitas of DeNiro v. Pacino in Heat, but it’s better than nothing, right? And, if The Tomb sucks, then at least there’s still hope for Expendables 3.
Also, no word on whether or not their shared scenes will feature Schwarzenegger exclusively sitting down. He stands at 6’2″ compared to Stallone’s height of 5’9″.