Collateral Damage


With Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, John Turturro, Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri, Cliff Curtis

Directed by Andrew Davis

Arnold's back and it ain't no big thing. He's Gordy Brewer, a firefighter whose wife and kid get killed in a terrorist bombing attack (ominously stark in the shadow of September 11). "The Wolf", the Colombian responsible for the devastation targeted his country's consulate and US agents in response for the Yanks' involvement in their civil war (drugs at the heart of it) - but he slips from their grasp. His slain family are considered collateral damage (a term used frequently during US bombings of Afghan, Iraqi and other targets…).
What is an Arnie to do? Besides take the law into his own hands! He scams his way into the terrorist's country when his government fails to act and his difficult task to meet out his own justice begins. Several action sequences do little to rewrite the books while one particular escape sequence has our hero struggling in a river and down a waterfall - the blue (or green) screen so damn obvious and the digital Arnold going over the drop just too apparent. What ever happened to daring stuntmen? How much longer do we have to wait for the 3rd
Terminator flick? Hope it's soon so we don't have to be subjected to these action-by-numbers "blockbusters".
Yet, you gotta love Arnie and missing one of his movies, no matter how crap, tends to leave a gap in the movie year.

2 / B
- Paul Blom


6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A - Multiple Viewing Possibilities
B - Deserves Another Look
C - Once Should Suffice