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    Last month marked the 20th anniversary of this flick and I don't think anyone bothered to remember it. It is a movie that thru the years has gained a reputation of being worse than what it probably was. Moreover,it was a movie caught in the web of its own irony: The whole thing was supposed to be from the start a huge parody of late 80s action films,in particlar the Shane "I Ruined Ironman" Black movies such as Lethal Weapon. And who did Sony hired to re-write the script when they weren't satisfied with the original version? Why,but the man himself Shane Black.

    The resulting new script was a convoluted mess because it only retained a vague outline of the original story and yet some scenes from the original story were left creating some moments that to this day remain headscratching. Remember that scene where Death appears to protagonist Jack Slater? In the original treatment it happens in a dream when Death wants to take away Jack Slater's partner that was eliminated in the rewrite.

    As it stands,in spite of director's John McTiernan (whom never directed another movie with the caliber of his previous flms) best efforts, the movie ended up being a dull mess that in spite of all the PR machine that Sony put behind it could not be saved. However,contrary to what many believe,the movie wasn't a huge flop. It managed to collect 130+ million worldwide,recouping the 85 million that had costed (a budget that sounds tiny compared to current movies but at the time it was pretty high)

    So,was it as bad as advertised? Mmm,probably. But its not a movie that deserves to be hated or even despised. But rather viewed as an odditty from the early 90s. Also,Charles "Tywin" Dance ROCKS as a villain.
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      I've never seen the movie but I remember the image of the movie everywhere.
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        I was reading Arnold's biography and they put a tremendous amount of marketing into this movie, more so than usual. I think Jurassic Park had a lot of doing in it too, because it was a far superior movie released at the same time for the same audience.
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          This is a movie with a strong POV, (point of view), and either you buy into it or you don't.

          For those who did buy into it, Last Action Hero was a fun and funny romp with a genre that usually benefits from a dose of humor. Plus the film had a nice supporting cast.

          I'm betting that time will be a lot more forgiving of the movie than many of the critic's reviews from 1993.
          The Eldorado is dead. Long live the Eldorado.
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            Last Action Hero had some funny moments and some creative writing. Its one of those movies that you either love or hate. I'm probably one of the few that was split on it. I don't really care to see it again because Encore wore the hell out of it.
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              vkimo wrote:
              I was reading Arnold's biography and they put a tremendous amount of marketing into this movie, more so than usual. I think Jurassic Park had a lot of doing in it too, because it was a far superior movie released at the same time for the same audience.


              Hell,everybody was expecting it at the time to be THE blockbuster of that Summer. Universal even moved Jurassic Park's release to June 11 after Sony announced the June 18 date. But then word of mouth -and this was before there was any internet- started to circulate that movie sucked balls and Jurassic park was awesome and the rest is history...

              And,eddie,I agree,but it'll always remain more as oddity more than a "classic". Some scenes in the movie were genuinely funny ("He says you killed some guy named Moe Zart" ) but others are just plain awkward and even mean. Like that scene where Jack Slater says to the "real world" Arnold "You ruined my life!". WTF?!
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                bassman21 wrote:
                Last Action Hero had some funny moments and some creative writing. Its one of those movies that you either love or hate. I'm probably one of the few that was split on it. I don't really care to see it again because Encore wore the hell out of it.


                I agree, there are some clever parts like the part about everyone having a 555 area code. But I think it flopped for two reasons-

                1. It doesn't really have a good target audience. I mean Last Action Hero is prolly too scary for kids with Jack the Ripper but too juvenile for adults. It's like Arnold trying to make a Who Framed Roger Rabbit spinoff.

                2. Also, it's one of those rare movies where you want the bad guy's plan to unfold. I mean how AWESOME would it be to see Arnie face off against Dracula, Darth Vader, hell even the T-rex from Jurassic Park just for spite. The would truly be the LAST action hero status. Going out with a bang, taking down every cinematic villain with him.

                The film just never delivers the epic showdown that the title implies
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