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Not REALLY Arnie Fodder...,
This review is from: Collateral Damage [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
For a revenge story where Schwarzenegger loses his family to revolutionary terrorists, ignores the government warnings he is given and decides to infiltrate the Colombian hideout of the guerilla forces and get justice the old-fashioned way, this is going to be classic Arnie mayhem! Right? WRONG.
He get's into Colombia via a decent enough narrative, a mix of basic thriller and drama, and he dishes out the punishment in the following ways:
- Punches and elbows a couple of people
- Bites off a mans ear
- Pushes a man into a small explosive device
So when things really get dangerous and America is threatened once more, Arnie heads back home to stop them once and for all by throwing a villain into a computer terminal, electrocuting them. The only worthy kill comes from the use of a well aimed small axe. That's it. I know - an Arnold Schwarzenegger where he DOESN'T shoot a single gun, rocket launcher or break any necks/spines or give a decent pun! Bad times indeed.
The film does deliver a decent story and a brilliant twist towards the end but it's just not the Schwarzenegger film you may expect on the premise. As this was relased just after 9/11, it was hard to stomach with many audiences, and with the focus on terrorism being such a tender subject at the time, it was promptly pulled from cinemas, so it did sort of go under the radar.
It was probably on the cusp of Arnie trying to check into less action orientated films and more thrillers with a message before he went into peaceful politics, but it just doesn't work for him without a pistol or pun on call. The cast are strong enough to support him and the film does work, but is a little slow in places to compensate a film trying to deliver a political message behind the guise of an action film.
Check it out for an average, well shot thriller, but don't expect a classic Schwarzenegger romp as I was!