“L” is for Last Action Hero (1993)
ights, camera, action! This early 90s film is a favourite of mine. In a time when Arnold Schwarzenegger was King of Hollywood, he came out with this one, that basically takes a huge swipe at himself and everything in the movie world.
Arnie had just had a treble of hits with Terminator 2, Total Recall and Kindergarten Cop and this was just a great mix of the serious and funny and showed that Arnie was able to take a pop at himself and not it too seriously in Last Action Hero.
I love this film. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I went to the cinema TWICE on my own to see it. The movie basically follows the story of a young boy who is mad on films getting to see his favourite character’s latest movie and inadvertently getting sucked into the movie itself. While in the movie, Danny (Austin O’Brien) and his hero Jack Slater uncover a plot to assassinate the head of a crime syndicate and blame it on another crime family.
There is a very healthy cast in this movie. Charles Dance is superb as Benedict, the main villain and the gimmick of the false eye that he keeps changing is a good one. Also starring are Anthony Quinn, F. Murray Abraham, Ian McKellen and Tom Noonan. There is also a very enjoyable soundtrack to this movie which includes the single by AC/DC “Big Gun” which I remember buying on cassette when it was released. (I had moved on from 7″ vinyl by then).
In a world where guns don’t need to be reloaded and crashes never result in the loss of life. This of course only happens in the movie world. When Benedict manages to cross over from that world into our world, Jack Slater has to realise that his rules no longer apply to him and he has to be much more careful or risk injury or death to himself or Danny who has attached himself to Slater and is helping him adapt to the new rules. I just found the whole novelty of this movie extremely refreshing and its a good story aswell. The action is great and it’s just an all round good fun movie. I recommend it to fans of Arnie and movies in general.
Fun Fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger considered Last Action Hero (1993) his first real failure after an unbroken string of successes. He also considered it the beginning of the end of his film career.