Andrew Davis (Director)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Gordon Brewer)
Elias Koteas (CIA Agent Peter Brandt)
Francesca Neri (Selena Perrini)
Cliff Curtis (Claudio 'The Wolf' Perrini)
John Leguizamo (Felix Ramirez)
John Turturro (Sean Armstrong)
the official Collateral Damage website
our government thinking? Why can't they catch Osama bin Laden?
Perhaps they should send Arnold
on his arse. Why not? He saved Mars. He saved the future. And in
"Collateral Damage" he saves
a little Colombian boy from his terrorist parents. Why couldn't he
get bin Laden?
"Collateral Damage" is your
basic revenge plot.
you have the crime. In this part you establish the hero and his
loved ones and terminate their
happiness with an awful crime. Not just any crime, however, no, it's
something the hero cannot defend.
Either he is not present or is restrained...in this case, it's a
little bit of both.
Secondly, the hero goes through the traditional methods of action,
i.e., the police, etc., which do nothing to provide the satisfaction
our hero needs. So he plots his own revenge. There's always some
resistance from our hero's friends but since when does our hero
always listen--or have to-- his
Lastly, you've got the confrontation. If there's more than one bad
guy, then the biggest and baddest
of them all must come last. Basic common sense. The confrontation
has to be worth it. It has to be
something that is difficult and challenges the hero. Our hero
shouldn't be equipped with the
necessary skills to carry this out. Or else it will be boring and
predictable, which needless to
say, "Collateral Damage" is.
maybe that's a little harsh, because it's not really a boring movie
per say, but it is predictable.
Now, I never saw any previews yet I knew that Gordon Brewer's wife
and kid were going to die. Too
predictable. The thing that irks
me the most is what happens at the end. Without giving too much
away--doubt anybody cares
anyway--Gordon Brewer befriends a Colombian boy. What's wrong with
that, you say? Well I got the
sensation that Arnold, err I mean Gordon Brewer is replacing his
late son with an orphan Colombian
kid. Now there's nothing wrong with adoption, but it all seems to be
happening a bit too fast.
this is a good popkorn flick, but it's not the best story and it
surely doesn't come close to any
of Arnold's previous films...well it does best "End of
Days". If you really like Arnold,
then check this out, otherwise, go see "Brotherhood
of the Wolf" for a much better action story.
-- James (
2 1/2 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Billy Ray ( 4 out of
4 pops )
I'll be the first to say Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the greatest actor
in the world and I will be the first to say he is not known for choosing
the greatest film roles. Alas, I will also be the first to admit
that Arnold never fails to entertain us. This is by far the best
action film of the year and I doubt anything will top it. Forget
of the Wolf", forget "Lord
of the Rings", and forget "The
Count of Monte Cristo"--they are all great movies, but none of
them contain that good old fashioned action movie feel, not like
"Collateral Damage". It reminds us of the days when
action films were always topping the box office and lack of plot didn't
matter because there were plenty of guns and guys with big muscles.
This film is kind of an homage to those films in the way that it takes
the situation with terrorism and turns it into an entertaining farce
about a man dead set on revenge. I am glad this film was delayed,
because it comes at the best possible time, and will hopefully revive a
genre which September 11 could have obliterated. Filled with
explosive fight scenes, outstanding stunt work, and your basic Arnold
routine, "Collateral Damage" is one hell of a popcorn flick
and just what this country needs to see. I repeat--this is THE
best action film of the year and will not be likely bested. You
may ask yourself--why in the world is he recommending an Arnold movie so
highly. I would respond by saying, "I appreciate movies and I
would hate to see a genre as vital as action/adventure be swept under
the carpet." Go see this film. Keep action alive.
( 2 out of 4 pops )
I've always loved Arnold's work, so please don't take it too harshly
when I say this is Arnold's worst movie. It's not an entirely bad
film, but it doesn't have the excitement and humor that make his films
delightful. The plot is far-fetched, and full of odd coincidences.
The characterizations are thin. It does end with a pretty
nifty twist, though. And the climactic action sequence is the
highlight of the film. But as for the rest of the movie...there's
a lot of action, but little excitement. Andrew Davis (who
directed "The Fugitive") did the best he could, with a
weak script. I guess Arnold was trying to flaunt his dramatic
chops. This is a more serious role than he's used to. But I
still miss his funny one-liners! He only says two really funny
lines in the whole film! I still crack up thinking back to the
scene from "True Lies" in which his terrorist enemy is hanging
off the edge of a missile and Arnold says "You're fired,"
which is exactly what happens as he fires the missile and sends the
terrorist flying through the air like "The Rocketeer".
Now THAT'S the kind of Arnold I want to see! Many people
criticized "End of Days" for its silly, preposterous
storyline. But I loved the film! Why? Because it was
tongue-in-cheek and never took itself seriously. This is a
second-rate action flick that feels too smug to make fun of itself,
and for that reason it borders on dull. This is only slightly
enjoyable action fluff that I found really disappointing, especially
since the release date was pushed so far. I wanted to see this
movie when it was supposed to come out last September, but as time went
by my anticipation grew. Let's just hope "Big Trouble"
(which also got its release date pushed) isn't another disappointment.
This movie is worth renting, but only worth seeing for the biggest
die-hard Arnold fans. And I'm a big Arnold fan myself!