The Tomb: A Throwback to the Eighties Action Movie?
The 1980s is considered by many as the golden era of action movies, and introduced us to such names as the T-101 Terminator, Rocky Balboa, John Rambo, John Matrix, Cobra, and the Predator. It’s safe to say I was, and still am, a huge fan of these 80s action movies and heroes. They were so over the top and as a result the larger than life stars who played in these action movies have become some of my all-time favorites.
The Tomb is set to be the greatest throwback to the 80s action movie that we’ve seen since The Expendables was released in 2010. With very little information currently available about the movie, one can only speculate about the feel and quality of the film, and whether or not it will be on par with that of the often cheesy 80s action movie plotline.
Starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Tomb is about Ray Breslin (played by Stallone) a structural-security engineer who finds himself wrongly accused, convicted and sentenced to a maximum security prison he designed. Now incarcerated in his own prison it’s up to him and his cellmate Rottmayer (played by Schwarzenegger) to escape and discover who framed him. Like most 80s movies, it’s a simple plot, and we’ve seen it before. But simple, well executed plots were what made the 80s movies special. People weren’t paying for great acting or deep plots, they were paying for explosions, guns, and fist fights. Although I can’t say for sure, I’d assume this movie will have plenty of macho-man fist fights.
The movie has about $70 million set aside for production which is plenty to make The Tomb successful, and it definitely falls within the range of the classic 80s action movie. But as we all know this rarely determines how well a movie is made or does at the box office (think Battleship). However, with $70 million, at least we know this movie won’t suffer from poor funding.
The 80s Formula
Successful action movies made in the 80s all tended to follow the same formula, and The Tomb (in theaters September 27, 2013) is no different. With its cheesy plot, two macho-man actors, adequate funding, and a large supply of other men to fight, this movie is certainly shaping up to be like its predecessors first made over 30 years ago. Since there isn’t a trailer or much else to see besides an on set still, time will tell whether or not The Tomb lives up to its hype!
Zack Mandell is a movie enthusiast, writer of movie reviews, and owner of Movie Room Reviews which has great information on movies and actors. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.