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Blu-ray Review: Die Hard In A School With TOY SOLDIERS - Movies In Focus
The success of Die Hard led to a bevy of copycat movies which saw terrorists take over a location (a building, a boat, a train, a plane) only to be thwarted by an unlikely hero. 1991’s Toy Soldiers sees a group of Colombian terrorists take over a boarding school – and the only person who can stop them is Sean Astin’s character as a bad boy pupil. This is a pretty ridiculous actioner but Daniel Petrie Jr’s movie holds true to its core concept and it gives you exactly what you want from this type of brainless entertainment. Daniel Petrie Jr knows a thing or two about fun action films, having written the first two Beverly Hills Cop films, The Big Easy and Deadly Pursuit. He’s assisted in writing duties by David Koepp – a man who knows a thing or two about crafting tense screenplays (Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, Carlito’s Way to name but a few). They know their craft and give you the type of stand-out sequences you expect from a film if this ilk. Toy Soldiers might be cliché but it’s cliché that works in the best possible way. This is every school boys day dream captured on [...]