Last Action Hero (1993)

Rating: **
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bridgette Wilson

This movie was doomed to fail from the start. It cross-breeds too many dissimilar genres: action films, kiddie movies, social parody, and classical literature. Arnold Scharzenegger plays two roles in the film. In the real world he's a regular cop, and in the alternate fantasy world of the movie screen, he's a bad-ass cop that's an over-the-top parody of all his previous action roles. An annoying young kid gets a magic movie ticket that allows him to travel between the worlds of fantasy and reality and causes a big mess, including the escape of a psychotic kid killer into the real world. So it's up to our heroes to return everything back to normal and get on with their lives while parading through an endless barrage of clever visual gags and literary references that most of the audience won't figure out. And that's why it doesn't work. It contains too much artistic stuff that action fans won't get or don't want to see, and non-action fans will be thrilled by the wry sense of humor and offended by the ridiculous action scenes.