Also out this week is Walter Hill's Last Man Standing (18, Entertainment in Video, 27 Jan) a remake of Kurosawa's 1961 film, Yojimbo. The film is half gangster movie, half spaghetti western and stars Bruce Willis (pictured above) in the unlikely role of a drifter/samurai caught between two rival gangs in early 20th-century Texas. As an attempt to consolidate Willis's position as "the thinking man's action hero" (Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys), the film is partially successful. Yet although it looks good, the stylised violence wears thin pretty quickly, and there's precious little else to keep your eyes on the screen.
The world of home buys, this week, sees plump pin-up Keanu Reeves, playing a cyber-courier in the airheaded actioner, Johnny Mnemonic (15, 20th Century Fox, 27 Jan), while the follically- challenged Ted Danson, puts in a decent performance as a cynical scientist in Loch Ness (PG, PolyGram, 27 Jan), a gentle monster movie for kids that looks like a Scottish tourist board ad. Continuing with the no-brainers, you might also like to check out Flynn (18, Medusa, 29 Jan), an enjoyably sensationalist biopic of the swashbuckling Errol Flynn.Reuse content