Soundtrack (Film)
Last Action Hero



by ReturnToRock USER (303 Reviews)
January 18th, 2006 | 12 replies

Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Last Action Hero was a fun yet forgettable romp. Starring Schwarzenegger as a movie star, and Edward Furlong as the kid who gets dragged into his latest action blockbuster, the movie flopped box-office wise in the summer of 1993. Thatís why the picture is nowadays remembered chiefly for its soundtrack.

The Last Action Hero soundtrack pits eleven bands, of various degrees of heaviness, together for what is a highly entertaining hard rockiní romp. The disc is then rounded out by a classical piece performed by Buckethead and the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by notorious metal buff Michael Kamen.

Still, the discís main point of interest at the time appeared right at the beginning. After three years of utter, undeterring silence, AC/DC came back with a bang with the ripping, roaring Big Gun. Ranking as the first collaboration between the band and producer Rick Rubin, the song is sadly forgotten in the bandís catalogue. However, it is a shredding, appealing piece, featuring great vocals from Brian Johnson, strong drums and the usual brilliance from Angus and Malcolm Young. All in all, it is one of the high points of 90ís AC/DC, and highly reccomended for all the bandís fans. (5/5)

Unfortunately, our interest wanes on the second track. The usually brilliant Alice in Chains come across quite dull with the first of their two contributions to this album. What The Hell Have I is a hipnotic, 70ís-tinged track, but its exceedingly sluggish pace and spaced-out vocal performance ultimately divert our interest elsewhere. This will sound good if youíre playing this record as background music, but as far as individual tracks go, thereís much better on this album. (2,5/5)

If you managed to get past the previous track, you are in for the most pleasant track on the album. Thrash mogul Dave Mustaine and his band Megadeth deliver a welcome dose of unbridled aggression in Angry Again. Featuring a riff quite similar to the one on Big Gun, and a chorus as aggressive as it is catchy, this song is a true singalong thrash anthem, that has been sadly forgotten with the downfall of this album. The whole is topped off by an excellent guitar solo that will please any metal fan. Undoubtedly an excellent song. (5/5)

After this enjoyable thrash romp, things soften down yet again with Queensrˇcheís prog-metal ballad Real World. Driven by a soaring, ethereal guitar lick, this song shines mostly due to Geoff Tateís incredible vocals. Considered one of the best metal singers out there today, Tate honours his credits on this track, helping raise it above average. Still, the average hard-rocker may find the song slightly dull, especially due to its lenght. This is an inconsistent song: you will either love it or skip it. For my money, it gets (3,5/5)

Real World is followed up by another of the albumís standouts, and its one true ballad, Def Leppardís Two Steps Behind. This is a wonderfully minimalistic track, with Joe Elliotís vocals being backed only by an acoustic guitar and an oh-so-subtle string section. Most will accuse it of being excessively sappy, and it does border on cheesiness at times, but none of that derides from the fact that this is a great pop track. (5/5).

After our senses have been suitably numbed by this soothing pair of tracks, the album once again takes it upon itself to shatter our eardrums with some fast rocking thrash. Anthrax MKII (that is, with John Bush on vocals) deliver a multi-layered, multi-part opus in Poison My Eyes. Starting with a somewhat controlled guitar lick, the track then evolves into full power/thrash lunacy, with even the fairly mediocre Bush managing not to embarass himself too much. At the end of the six-plus minutes, the listener is left exhausted but deeply satisfied. But once again, you must be patient enough to endure the full lenght of the song... (3,5/5)

Track #7 is perhaps this albumís weakest moment, and oddly enough, delivered by a band that normally shines. Aerosmithís live rendition of Dream On is snore-inducing at best, with its excessively slow pace and hollowed-out sound. This ranks as the only unappealing track on the album, and one that you will most likely skip. (1/5)

Next, Alice In Chains appear yet again with A Little Bitter. This track is even more uninteresting than the first one, and once again you will likely skip this one, just like I do. (2/5)

Fortunately, this dark spot is once again brightened by Cypress Hillís participation. Cock The Hammer is an irresistible hip-hop track, driven by a mega-catchy bassline and some top-notch rapping. A mere couple of times after listening to it, you will be singing along to the lyrics, and thoroughly enjoying it. Of course, hip-hop turns off quite a few metal listeners, but in this case, Cypress was a good choice: they are accepted by most members of the metal/crossover population. An excellent, if misplaced, track. (5/5)

Crossover fans are further pleased by the inclusion of Fishbone and their track Swim. Inserted in what we sometimes call sludgecore, this track is also marked by some rap-tinted vocals. Overall, for the average 80ís rocker, this wonít be very interesting. Crossover fans will love it, though. (3/5)

Fortunately for the aforementioned retro-rockers, track #11 is Tesla with their irresistible title track. Last Action Hero is a basic yet hopelessly catchy hardíníheavy track, featuring all the pop-metal standards: huge rocking riffs, catchy rhythms, high-pitched vocals and shouted backing vox. And then, of course, thereís the huge chorus, perhaps the songís best asset. Once again, the riff brings echoes of Angry Again, creating what can be seen as a sort of pattern. All in all, a most satisfying track. (5/5)

The album closes with an orchestral piece by maestro Michael Kamen and former GunsíníRoses guitarist Buckethead. This track is as boring as any incidental score, and I must confess I never heard it through. A weak way to close a great album. (1,5/5)

All in all, this soundtrack, while a tad inconsistent, is fully reccomended to all you hard rock buffs out there.

Recommended Tracks:

Big Gun
Angry Again
Two Steps Behind
Cock The Hammer
Last Action Hero

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January 18th 2006


haha, I watched this last week. It was pretty funny.

January 18th 2006


who was the kid, then?

January 18th 2006


I thought it was one of the coreys when I watched it :confused:

January 18th 2006


maybe. corey feldman

January 18th 2006


decent review. like plath said, the ratings are pretty pointless, if not, unwanted in reviews like these. and the kid is not one of the cory's, or edward furlong. he's Austin O'Brien

EDIT: And the movie is crap, although rather funny to watch.This Message Edited On 01.18.06

January 18th 2006


The artist is suppose to be the movie name and the album name is supposed to be OST. And there's a Soundtrack section.

February 9th 2006


roflcopter I actually saw this last weekend. I mean it's incredible that I knew it was an Arnold movie and I watched it XD

March 12th 2006


This is a pretty good soundtrack. Wasn't a big fan of the movie however.

July 19th 2006


great review and agreeable ratings
dream on tends to get too overrated for the slow and overbearing sound it has about time some one gave it a nice kick in the ass
album gets a 4.5/5
review gets a full 5

November 9th 2007


malmsteen's dream on > original dream on.

July 2nd 2010


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