Dalton Ross
November 14, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

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 C

If you had any doubts that Arnold Schwarzenegger would make a slick politician, take a look at HBO Video’s ”Pumping Iron: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition” (PG, 85 mins.), in which the Austrian Oak uses his bulging charisma to psych out a young Lou Ferrigno for the Mr. Olympia title (extras include outtakes and a recent Cinemax doc on the doc). ”Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (R, 109 mins., Warner) was this summer’s most surprisingly satisfying actioner, featuring a killer car chase and an ending both eerie and original. Plus, listen to Arnold on the commentary track: ”This scene with the enlargement of the breasts was fantastic…. It’s a whole new concept. Because there are some guys that like little breasts and there are some guys that like big breasts.” Um, anyway, also out now: Columbia TriStar’s two-pack release of big blow-up parody ”Last Action Hero” (PG-13, 130 mins., 1993) and futuristic cloning caper ”The 6th Day” (PG-13, 124 mins., 2000) — the former not as awful as originally thought (fans just didn’t appreciate being let in on the joke that most action movies are shameless cliche collages), while the latter is a mess from start to finish. How’s about a total recall of that piece of trash? Iron: A- T3: B+ Hero: B- 6th Day:

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