The Last Boy Scout (Scott, 1991)

Tony Scott has never been a great director, but his films make money and for some reason people respond to his visceral and incoherent thrills. Scott’s films always feel incomplete, even when he makes a somewhat comprehensive action picture. This Bruce Willis vehicle isn’t awful (Shane Black’s scripts has hilarious moments), but it stinks of laziness, especially in the dull action sequences. With it’s hyper-kinetic visual antics set to high volume, The Last Boy Scout is just a precursor to Scott’s later travesty entitled Domino. It’s funny brother Ridley isn’t much better at masking the petty Hollywood cliches trumped up as something grander, even when he’s considered the artist of the two. To me, both Scott brothers peddle to the lowest common denominator, no matter what the surface looks like.

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