Hilarious parody mockumentary staring David Leitch as action star Frank Sledge
Confessions Of An Action Star, entertaining film is a comedy mockumentary about the exploits of action star Frank Sledge as he rises to prominence, falls from grace and then rises from the ashes once more.
It’s an affectionate mickey take of the raft of action films that dominatedHollywoodoutput in the 80s and 90s and is based on a 30 minute short that preceded it. Directed by Frank Martin, it stars David Leitch as Sledge, Leitch having also written the movie. A great guest cast bolster his performance, with many of the actors appearing as both themselves and the characters they play in the eponymous action movie. In fact, it becomes almost a case of spot the celebrity as many famous faces make cameo appearances, and are clearly enjoying puncturing their own celebrity bubbles, very much in the same way that Pamela Anderson did in “Borat”.
The film is all the richer for their presence. There are a lot of laughs to be had as Sledge goes through his partial car crash of a life with all the ups and downs that you would expect. It’s even got legendary stuntman Al Leong putting in more than one appearance which has got to be a good thing.
If there is a criticism to be aimed at the movie it is that it is perhaps slightly too over long, with some scenes feeling distinctly like padding. In this respect the original short works rather better and it’s another one of those movies where the viewer feels that one more pass with the script editors scissors might have helped the flow. This is however, a fairly minor criticism, since for the most part it is well paced and very entertaining. Leitch gives a great performance as Sledge, a character created with a great deal of care and attention to the source material that it is mocking, material that we are all familiar with, giving the film a wide appeal. Satirical and daft all at the same time, it’s a movie that can be watched several times and will always raise a smile. A good way to pass an evening in the company of a very funny central character and a merciless skewering of an entire genre of blockbuster hits.