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LAST ACTION HERO

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Last Action Hero

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
130 minutes
performer:
Charles Dance, Austin O'Brien, Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Noah Emmerich, Ian McKellen, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Mercedes Ruehl, Tina Turner
director:
John McTiernan
distributor:
Columbia Pictures
author:
David Arnott, Shane Black
genre:
ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it a D

Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien), a mop-topped 11-year-old, is seated in a grimy Times Square movie palace watching his favorite hero, the Los Angeles police sergeant Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), when he’s suddenly propelled into the movie. Since Danny worships Slater, you’d think he’d be thrilled to find himself inside one of his adventures. Instead, the kid grows a bit disgruntled; he starts trying to prove to Slater that Slater is just a movie character. Last Action Hero is a perverse spectacle: a stupid, generic slab of action bombast that keeps reminding us it’s a stupid, generic slab of action bombast.