Thanks for the memories!
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Die Hard in all but name. The Last Boy Scout is one underrated and unfairly overlooked gem. It is actually one of my favourite Bruce Willis movies. In many ways it might seem like the standard action movie that he has done so many times but there is much more to this movie. It has many similarities in the feel of it to the Die Hard series and Willis character Joe Hallenbeck is pretty much John McClane. So far that this movie could easily have been transformed into a Die Hard movie with minor rewrites. The Last Boy Scout is a far worthier sequel than the fourth and fifth movie, that pretty much goes without saying but it might actually be better than the second one as well. The Last Boy Scout was written by Shane Black and it has all his trademarks, humour, interesting story and great characters . The plot is really surprisingly well written much more complicated than one would be expecting. Action movies seldom focus much on the story because it´s not the selling point. The Last Boy Scout has a great plot that takes many surprising twists and requires your attention all the way through. The first time I saw it I didn´t grasp how it all hung together. Then there's the dialogue which is just excellent. So many memorable and hilarious quotes perfectly delivered and most of them by Bruce Willis. Brilliant dialogue is just obvious if you know Shane Black and have seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or more recently The Nice Guys. Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans are perfect in the leads as two unmatched buddies that are forced together. Allegedly they did not get along but maybe it was to the movies advantage. Taylor Negron is likewise great as the menacing villain. The action is thrilling and very brutal. What´s great however is that it´s well thought out and not overdone like that it goes on for too long and just becomes cartoonishly over the top like often happens. The action is sporadic but totally intense and thrilling when it comes. Of course it´s not realistic but more thought out than many. Great directing from Tony Scott. The Last Boy Scout is a top-notch comedy action thriller unfairly forgotten that hopefully is being or should be rediscovered.
Tony Scott's The Last Boy Scout is pure stylistic grime, an exercise in early 90's action with the blackest of humour. The tone is set with a square jaw early on: a star quarterback for a hotshot NFL team is under a lot of underground pressure to make that perfect play and in turn please the loan sharks. He buckles under the heat, ends up pulling a gun on the field and murdering a score of opponents before turning the gun on himself. Now horrifying as that is, if you have a sick sense of humor like me it conjures a dark chuckle of the most guilty variety, because.. well, it's funny! Albeit in the darkest way possible, which is the arena this one skates in, love it or leave it. Upon closer examination of the script we discover it's penned by that wonderful man Shane Black, who gave us Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the upcoming The Nice Guys. No one can produce such heinous mayhem with a cavalier attitude and actually get away with it as well as Black does. The guy is a prodigy of dark humour, and who better to embody his protagonist here than a sheepish Bruce Willis as Joe Hallenbeck, a jaded ex detective who is so sullen and cynical he's almost comatose. He's paired with equally slummy former quarterback Jimmy Six (Damon Wayons), lazily trying to solve a case involving the murderous quarterback and some shady politicians. Along the way that's paved with many a sarcastic, beleaguered exchange they cross seedy paths with shady villains (Taylor Negron, RIP, and a youthful Kim Coates), a beautiful working girl with ties to the case (Halle Berry) and Willis's spitfire of a dysfunctional daughter (Danielle Harris). There's a wonderfully bloated supporting cast including Noble Willingham, Chelsea Field, Joe Santos, Bruce McGill and more. It's got a bite that stings, mainly thanks to Black's frighteningly pissy screenplay which give the film it's sardonic, put - upon aesthetic. This meshes together nicely with Scott's trademark sun soaked, pulpy, picturesque tone and provides one hell of an action movie ride. Nasty in all the right places, funny when the story begs for it, and build to last.
The Last Boy Scout (1991) is the best action movie from the 90's. It is my favorite action movie from Tony Scott and Bruce Willis. I would put this movie right beside Die Hard 2 (1990), because both of the movies come out in the 90's which Bruce Willis started it. Both of the movies did a great job! Every time I watch this movie, I just miss the 90's. The 80's and the 90's had such a great action movies. Bruce Willis wasn't over hyped than like he is now, he as a true sold out. In this film he completely Entertains me. The action and the story are so good in here that you just wanna keep watching it. The acting in here is superb and the action scenes are outstanding and fantastic. You have a lot of famous actors in here. If you're a fan of bloody old-school action and one-liners, you must watch this! Script is simple, witty one-liners are all over the place and Willis does a great job playing a rundown detective.Tony Scott does a great job directing action movies and it is a shame that he passed away in 2012. I have always enjoyed his movies beside The Last Boy Scout there are Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Enemy of the State and Man on Fire movies. Tony Scott is very missed by fans including me. So in this movie you have actors like are: Noble Willingham from Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) TV Series, Halle Berry from X-Men, Bruce McGill from MacGyver, Joe Santos from TV Series: The Rockford Files, MacGyver and Magnum P.I., Kim Coates from Prison Break, Chelsea Field from Commando (1985) she was a stewardess on an airplane where John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) gets on a board on the airplane and Billy Blanks. You have full cast of actors and actresses I have memorized from TV Shows and from movies. 1991's The Last Boy Scout paired Bruce Willis with Damien Wayans in this scripted buddy flick from Shane Black who gave us Lethal Weapon. Boy Scout uses the various themes expected from such a genre film and Willis gives an A-1 performance as a wise-crackin' half-in-the-bag detective out to help Wayan's character of Jimmy Dicks search for his girlfriends killer and also put a stop to a plot to kill a senator and legalize sports gambling all at the same time. Boy Scout was directed by Tony Scott who knows how to tell action stories. This has it all. Solid action with lots of twisted humor tossed in. Honestly I love this. Perfect action for the era with as many cheesy punch lines as you can squeeze in. Second only to Die Hard.Thrilling action beautifully directed by Tony Scott....a to-the-point story that actually has you invested...and a great leading Willis all make for a good movie but what makes this movie GREAT is the duo of Willis and Wayans and the chemistry they share together....I know your thinking that a pairing like that is a DISASTER for an action movie but let me tell you it is the complete opposite...the duo is the main reason the movie flows so well....so I say buy this movie because you surely wont be disappointed.Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Bruce Willis ("Die Hard", "Sin City") and Emmy-nominee Damon Wayans (TV's "My Wife and Kids," TV's "In Living Color") team up as an ex-secret service agent and a former pro-football hero who uncover a web of intrigue and corruption in professional sports when they team up to investigate the murder of the football player's stripper girlfriend. That's your basic plot. The movie has action impact and it is action packed from beginning till end. Joe (Bruce Willis) has always great liens he uses in the movie. He is straight and honest guy who his daughter and wife does not respect him. He is an ex washed up secret service agent man turning in to private detective. He has to protect a striper when she is killed he teams up with washed up pro football player. The movie also evolves, scandals, extraction, gambling deb, alcoholism and so on. The film is violent, and bloody, there are a lot of hand guns and machine guns used in this movie and they are used well. This movie is a perfect 10 for me and it is my favorite action movie from Bruce Willis and Tony Scott. The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was released in the United States on December 13, 1991.10/10 Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval Studio: Geffen Pictures, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros. Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron, Danielle Harris, Halle Berry, Bruce McGill, Kim Coates, Chelcie Ross, Joe Santos, Billy Blanks Director: Tony Scott Producers: Joel Silver, Michael Levy Screenplay: Shane Black Story by Shane Black, Greg Hicks Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 45 Mins. Budget: $29.000.000 Box Office: $59,509,925
In the opening scene of The Last Boy Scout, the movie starts off with a series of unexpected violence with a pro football player shooting himself in the head at close range. Now why did that happen? According to a unknown source, the player knows for a fact that he isn't going to score an touchdown and therefore, ends up blowing his brains out on the field.Cut to the early morning. Joe Hallenbeck, (Bruce Willis), is resting in his car when suddenly a couple of street punks decide to drop a dead squirrel in his car. The punks think Joe has fallen for the trick, but he proves them wrong. Hallenbeck's job is a private detective. His main job is to protect an stripper, (Halle Berry), who has been receiving threats from someone. Who is that sending those threats? Hallenbeck doesn't know. His investigation deepens when he encounters the stripper's boyfriend, (Damon Wayans), an disgraced quarterback who was kicked out of the game because of his drug abuse. After the quarterback's girlfriend is shot to death, the duo decides to investigates together. But that isn't going to be easy. At first, they trade insults between the two of them. Later on, they realize that they need one another to continue their investigation.The story of The Last Boy Scout is not at all original, however. The reason why is because it was written by the screenwriter who wrote Lethal Weapon 1 and 2. When I first heard of the plot of this movie, I immediately thought of Lethal Weapon. The plot of the movie leads the two completely different strangers into much more bigger things. Their clues leads them to the world of sports gambling, make that, illegal sports gambling. Among the bad guys in the movie is a character named Milo, (Taylor Negron), who is perhaps the most despicable of them all. From the looks of it, I have seen The Last Boy Scout several times over the last 4 years and all I can say is that my criticism is the same as it was 4 years ago. There are several good moments in the movie, but most of them come from the thrilling action sequences. There are a number of great stunts in the movie such as the finale where one character is hanging off a light tower while hanging onto a chain linked barrier. That some good stuff. There is a level of humor in the movie and those come from the funny jokes that Willis and Wayans mentioned in the movie.However, I was very concerned about the structure of the movie. I've said before that this is not a original movie and I guess it shouldn't be. But I felt that the dialogue should have been tone down because the movie littered with four letter words and sometimes twelve letter words. Most of the profanity comes from Willis' daughter, (Danelle Harris), who, in one particular scene, squares off against her father to see who can say the most bad words. Besides that, I also noticed the atmosphere of the movie, which is very mean-spirited and at certain times, unpleasant. That kind of atmosphere comes into place when we first meet Willis and Wayans. The way they talk to one another is sometimes funny. I have to admit that I did laugh at some of their bickering. But, the problem is that the way Willis and Wayans treated the women in their lives is very cruel. There's a subplot involving Willis' wife having an affair with someone else. On the other side, Wayans treats his stripper girlfriend very cruelly. I supposed there's a reason to all this.The violence in this movie is pretty bloody and like the language, I wish the editor of the movie would tone down the violence because I felt at certain times, it border on the unnecessary kind. Shane Black, who wrote the script for the movie was paid an hefty price for the script and I supposed the script would have to be pretty popular to made into a formula picture.All I can say is the movie works on a technical level. I especially like the actions sequences of the movie. But, the storytelling is not at all original. Director Tony Scott, who made Top Gun 5 years ago, does know how to make energetic action pictures. He certainly knows how to deliver. But, on the storytelling process, he doesn't know how to come up with a fresh story to tell. Yet, I think that is the reason why The Last Boy Scout works. Audiences don't really care about the story. They only care about the action sequences and the stunts. I did have that craving inside of me. I know for a fact that for a movie-goer to be turned on by the thrill of an action movie, one would have to be in the right mood for the movie. I was in the mood to see The Last Boy Scout. I knew that it was going to be a action film from the get-go, but I couldn't really buy most of what the movie had to offer, meaning the story and the plot. For a movie to work, I have to give The Last Boy Scout 3 stars for the technical aspects for the movie. As I said before, they do work. But, not the story. I guess I'm being too kind. With this being said, I've cut you some slack. ★★★ 3 stars.