The last time we saw Arnold Schwarzenegger on the big screen was in Terminator: Genisys, where he returned as one of his most iconic characters, The Terminator. He has since been busy and currently has a handful of films lined up including sequels The Expendables 4, The Legend of Conan and Triplets. Towards the end of last year Arnie stepped in for Jason Statham and joined Jackie Chan, and Rutger Hauer in the Russian produced, adventure film, Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (also known as Viy 2 in Russia). This is a sequel to 2014’s Viy which also sees Jason Flemyng and Charles Dance returning in their roles from the original film.
In the trailer for Aftermath, which is based on true events, we see Arnold playing construction worker Roman, who after losing his wife and daughter in an airline accident, due to an error made by an air traffic controller (played by Scoot McNairy) if left to pick up the pieces and seeks revenge by going after the man responsible.
As with Arnold’s 2015 film Maggie, this looks to concentrate more on Arnold’s emotional range as an actor rather than his action side.
Playing a man who has lost everything seeking revenge from the person who took it from him, I feel that this proves that as action icons such as Arnold, Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone become older, their abilities to play vulnerable and emotionally-broken characters are much stronger and gives a new edge to their audience.
Aftermath is directed by Elliott Lester (Blitz) and produced by Darren Aronofsky and released in UK cinemas from 7th April 2017.