Last Action Hero (1993)

logoDirector: John McTiernan

Writer: Shane Black, David Arnott (Screenplay) Zak Penn, Adam Leff (Story)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Frank McRae, Tom Noonan, Austin O’Brien, Ian McKellen


Story: Danny Madison (O’Brien) an action film junkie spends most of his time at his local cinema while skipping school. When his favourite action star Jack Slater (Schwarzenegger) new film is getting released, Danny gets a chance to watch the film in an early showing. After getting a special ticket from the owner of the cinema he gets transported into the film.

Once inside the film Danny and Jack must team up to stop drug lord who murdered Jack’s favourite second cousin. The hit man Benedict (Dance) is cold and calculated and along with his different glass eyes adding character to along with showing of his mood. Once Benedict gets hold of the ticket he learns it is a path to the real world leaving Jack and Danny with the mission to stop him from killing the real Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Jack & Danny returning to the real world
Jack & Danny returning to the real world

Verdict: It is always good to see a genre-busting film and this really opens up all sorts of doors in the film industry, mixing action, comedy and fantasy in a real world twist.

Story: The story is really something great, never taking itself too serious but still telling a good story. The good points for the story would be just how smoothly the story flows between the real world and the cinema world. The chemistry between Jack and Danny works well creating the good odd couple. (9/10)


Actor Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger – This is when Arnie was at his prime every film he did was a hit, everyone loved to watch his films. Be it for his over the top action or cheesy one liners. This film fits into his casting perfectly as he also shows his comic timing is still there. Star Performance Award (10/10)


Jack Carter
Jack Carter

Actor Review: Austin O’Brien – Good performance from the young man who goes toe to toe with Arnie and never looks out of place. His character provides great enthusiasm which stands out to keep the film on a lighter note rather than being as dark as it could have been. Favourite Character Award (10/10)


Actor Review: Charles Dance – Excellent as the cold hearted villain showing his ability to dominate a scene with his calm persona. Much like many British actors he plays a well-educated villain who always comes off very calm on screen and this is no different, even showing hints of cold comic tones especially with his time in the real world.  (10/10)


Director Review: John McTiernan – With Die Hard, Predator and Hunt For Red October to his name you know you can trust this guy with action films. Having the ability to create perfect comic relief in his characters, works to his credit in this film. (10/10)


Action: Great action sequences plenty of gun fights car chases to keep the action junkie fans happy. (9/10)

Comedy: Great comic timing to lighten the mood of the action. (9/10)

Music: Watching fresh in 2013 the classic tunes are great reminder of the music in the early 90s. (9/10)

Settings: Set in a mix of two worlds, first we have a fictional California next to the real bleak New York City. The two worlds work for this film because the fictional one shows of people in the dream world of the film poking fun at how films are cast, while the New York is bleak dark and scary one we all have to face up to. (10/10)

Suggestion: Action film fans will love this film; it will appeal to Die Hard fans and all Arnie fans. Nothing in this film is over serious so if you can looking for a film like that you are looking in the wrong place. The film is one where you can just switch off and enjoy (9/10)


Best Part: Benedict in the real world learning about the lack of crime prevention.

Favourite Quote: Benedict ‘If God was a villain, he would be me’


Overall: Slick Stylish Action Adventure

Rating 87%

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