Samuel L. Jackson is widely (and deservedly) respected as an Oscar-nominated, multiple award-winning actor who can deliver the word “motherf*cker” better than anyone in the world. And yet, for all the fame and fortune and credibility he’s accumulated, he probably couldn’t name all the movies he made last month. He’s the only man in the world who could go to a strip club and make it rain paychecks. Proving that he’ll agree to star in literally anything, he stars in this latest trailer for Arena, alongside underwear spokesperson Kellan Lutz, a Twilight castmember so blandly repulsive the AP once confused him with Cam Gigandet. Normally you’d have to find a dog, shave its ass, and kick it backward into an open sewer for that.
David Lord finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses.
A protagonist forced to take part in gladiatorial combat in a dystopian future? Possibly the least original action-movie premise outside of someone kidnapping a retired super-soldier’s wife/daughter. Of course, this only makes me like Samuel L. Jackson that much more. I get the feeling that for ten bucks, he’d come to my apartment and sing “Buttercup” until I fell asleep.
“We’re reinventing the very notion of what it means to be totally generic!” -Producers of Arena.