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Last Action Hero [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Action-adventure superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger bursts through the screen as a larger-than-life movie hero in this nonstop adventure from acclaimed director John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard).
Jack Slater is an action-film hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. An old projectionist (Robert Prosky, Gremlins 2: The New Batch) hands a magic movie ticket to Jack's biggest preteen fan (Austin O'Brien, The Lawnmower Man), and the kid steps right inside the latest Jack Slater film, becoming the actor star's sidekick in gunfights and car chases. But when Jack's nemesis (Charles Dance, Space Truckers) gets his hands on the ticket, the fight busts out into the real world and Jack (à la Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear) refuses to believe he's a fictional character. Director John McTiernan churns some nifty scenes out of this setup, although the fiction-to-reality shuffle is not as deft as in, say, Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, and the plot needs the kind of logic and discipline found in that classic when-worlds-collide film Back to the Future. Still, Schwarzenegger has moments of wit and smashing action, and we get a faux-movie trailer advertising an intriguing new shoot-'em-up: "Something's rotten in the State of Denmark--and Hamlet is taking out the trash! --Amazon.com
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Those lucky enough to actually see it on the big screen walked away confused and disorientated. They thought they were in for a straight-up action movie, not an existential, meta-fictional parody of the genre they cherish. It was just too much and they weren't ready for it. Arnold had been riding the wave of Total Recall and Terminator 2 before the release of Last Action Hero, no one expected such a radical deviation from the norm.
Danny Madigan is a lonely kid living in a tiny New York apartment with his single MILF. His only friend is Nick, an old-time projectionist at a run down theater (a REAL theater, no multiplex nonsense). Danny likes to escape into the world of action movies, his biggest hero, obviously, being Arnie himself. The latest Arnie blockbuster, the simply-titled Jack Slater IV, is a day away from its premiere, and old Nick has been tasked with checking the print. Before Danny sits down for his own personal pre-premiere midnight screening Nick gives him a magical ticket he's been saving since childhood. Five minutes after Jack Slater IV begins Danny is warped into the cinema screen and becomes part of the movie.Read more ›
I enjoyed it in the cinema, I've watched it several times on video, and, as I write this, it's just come up on Cable and I find myself captivated again by the last half hour.
So why did it get panned by the critics? To be honest, I don't really know. Maybe people like the idea of Schwarznegger as a plain talking, plain thinking, plain thumping action figure like Conan or the Terminator. My guess is that if Bill Murray had made this movie, it would have sat easier with the Hollywood machine. (By the way, great cameo from Bill Murray - "I'm not really a fan of Arnold...")
In a lot of ways this _is_ Schwarznegger's 'Groundhog Day' - experimenting with the medium, challenging perceptions, generally just turning the world upside down. To be fair, this isn't in the same league. Nonetheless, Arnie is wincingly perfect as himself, embarrassing his partner while he plugs his own restaurants at a film launch. It leaves you wondering if the Governor of California really does have this much self knowledge. Maybe he does.
Anyway, great fun, you can enjoy it on all kinds of different levels, and you won't be embarrassed to watch it with a four year old or a sixty year old.
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It wasn’t a huge commercial disaster and probably made its money back and, when you factor into video sales (and probably DVD and Blu Ray by now) it pretty much did all right. It was just it was hyped and many felt that it didn’t live up to its hype. And, when I say ‘many’ I kind of mean the film critics of 1993. Basically, they didn’t like it. And they made their feelings clear.
The plot of Last Action Hero is a little more complicated than Arnie’s millions of fans were used to. Normally, he just kills one bad guy after another, pausing only to say a dry quip before carrying on the slaughter. Well, Last Action Hero certainly follows suit there – he probably kills more people that in Commando, Total Recall and Predator put together (not to mention more witty one-liners). However, the difference here was that the film was a parody of what Arnie was known for. And it just didn’t seem to sit right with the critics. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays ‘Jack Slater’ – a fictional super-cop in an action movie inside this action movie. Confused yet? The ‘real world’ is inhabited by Arnold/Jack’s biggest fan – a young boy named Danny who comes into the possession of a magic ticket which allows him to be transported into the ‘Jack Slater film’ itself and ride along with his on-screen hero, literally ‘in-screen.Read more ›
It's a dream come true for Danny, but things take a turn for the worst when one of Slater's enemies, Benedict the hit-man, gets a hold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world, where he realises that if he can kill Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Slater will be no more!
Slater and Danny must join forces and travel back and stop him at all costs before it'll be the end of Jack Slater!
Last Action Hero or the one that almost ruined Arnie, is a strange beast, beating movies like Scream and Cursed by years. The media and marketing for this movie was all wrong, back in the day, an Arnie movie opening in the summer was a guaranteed hit, and not many other actors at the time could garner a big opening.
But it flopped, because people didn't get it, and therefore didn't like it. It was advertised as some fantasy action movie, but it's more of a love in for all action movies ever made.
There are so many references to movies, the makers of Spaced would be proud, and Schwarzenegger is fantastic as Slater, really sending himself up all the way through the movie. The one-liners are poor, and the editing is intentionally bad, but this is why the film is so much fun.
Dance looks like he is having a whale of a time playing Benedict, and it's all sunny and summery all the way through.
This was a typical blockbuster that ironically, didn't bust any blocks.
Give it a go, you will be surprised.
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One of my favorite films as a youth, despite being more of a comedy for an Arnold film, and now in blu-ray! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Alex Mitchell
Hugely enjoyable actioner parody let down by a mediocre transfer. Apart from lots of trailers no extras. Special edition anyone? Oh,I forgot, there's BDLive.Published 3 months ago by N. M. Fletcher
Didnt do well at thetheatre but I love this. sometime so over the top. Very entertaining with Charles Dance as the baddiePublished 4 months ago by D. A. Sinclair
First thing that got my attention was the art design on the main cover which it it absolutely one of the worst I saw untill now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jianu Mircea