As an action film, Last Lives is competent enough and has some reasonably exciting car chase sequences. However, as a science-fiction film, Last Lives is extremely silly. It is hamstrung by the daft gimmick of having the hero armed with a collection of bracelets that can revive him from the dead. As a result, is filled with a series of contrived and absurd sequences that have hero C. Thomas Howell being shot in the head, thrown from balconies, crisped in car crashes, and at the climax dealing with the villains goons variously by grabbing electric fences as they catch him and then blowing himself and they up in a shed filled with explosives.
As the scientist, Judge Reinhold seems awkward and embarrassed. Jennifer Rubin, in an unbecoming haircut, looks drab and neurotic and delivers a performance that appears to be under the influence of major tranquilisers. The incredibly handsome Billy Wirth cuts what at first seems an interestingly romantic villain, although this is unfulfilled, and he spends the rest of the time mooning over Jennifer Rubin in a series of telepathic romantic longeurs that seem to go on forever.
Director Worth Keeter, sometimes billed as Worth Keeter III, began as an exploitation director in the 1970s, turning out drive-in films for Earl Owensby with efforts like Wolfman (1979), Lady Grey (1980), Rottweiler/Dogs of Hell (1982), Hit the Road Running (1983), Chain Gang (1984), Hot Heir (1984) and the horror anthology Tales of the Third Dimension (1984). Elsewhere, Keeter has made various B movies, including the genre likes of The Order of the Black Eagle (1987), the erotic horror Snapdragon (1993) and the space station action film Scorpio One (1998), as well as numerous episodes of Masked Rider (1995) and the various Power Rangers tv series.
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