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Collateral Damage

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  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X3ONMA

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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a lone Los Angeles fireman whose wife and child are killed by a terrorist bomb in this eerily prescient action drama. Vowing revenge against the Columbian guerilla leader who set the bomb, Gordy Brewer (Schwarzenegger) heads down to Central America where he is soon caught in a crossfire between the terrorists and a cadre of CIA operatives led by hard-nosed agent Peter Brandt (Elias Koteas). Escaping prisons, diving off waterfalls, and biting off ears, Gordy seems unstoppable until he realizes his target has a wife and child of his own, and moral confusion sets in. Action fans expecting typical brainless mayhem might be surprised to find emoting, ethical dilemmas and criticism of US foreign policy in an Arnold vehicle, but they needn't worry: he still finds time for plenty of bone-breaking and blowing things up before the credits roll. Gorgeous Italian actress Francesca Neri (LIVE FLESH) is a major asset as the terrorist's wife. Andrew Davis (THE FUGITIVE) directed the film. Though it has nothing to do with the actual terrorist attack on America or political events in the Middle East, this film's mix of firemen, grief, and terrorism may still strike a sensitive nerve in some viewers.

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Format: DVD
I have mostly enjoyed Arnold's movies, with some exceptions (such as Commando, Twins and the most terrible one where he - oh horror! - gives birth to a child).
To me at least it seems that Collateral Damage is both related with and an opposite of Commando; related because both movies have a revenge plot. Opposite because whilst the latter was characterised by amazingly bad acting and a predictable ending, the former both displays a convincing performance by Arnold and delivers a most surprising - if not shocking - finish.
The plot: I will not reveal too much here in case the reader is yet to watch this move, but the story begins with Arnold losing his family in a bomb blast set off by a terrorist. We witness Arnold's agony, the search for revenge, the captivity in a South American jungle, the friendship with the terrorist's family - and - the incredibly shocking ending.
I know that another review here says that the terrorist is portrayed in a way too sympathetic light, which makes it impossible to despise him as much as we despised the bad guy in Commando. I disagree. And very much so: One quality of Collateral Damage is that we get the impression that there is a human side to the terrorist; we start to understand/think that even his family opposes his evil plans and what he has become; we start assuming that a relationship is developing between Arnold and the terrorist's wife.
In other words, one gets an impression that the plot is taking a particular direction and that the ending will become logical and predictable. But not so! The movie takes us to the conclusion that you can trust no-one, and that nothing should be taken for what it is. And indeed, that fanaticism can override even natural human relations. In my opinion, that is no bad plot at all.
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Format: Blu-ray
Collateral Damage was released in 2002 and stars Arnold Schwarzenneger. For a start, the plot of this film is very good to brilliant, in my opinion, and is certainly very believable! Arnie plays Gordy, a Los Angeles fireman who witnesses the murder of his wife and young son in a bomb attack by a Colombian terrorist. Following his loss, Gordy obsessively attempts to track down the bomber and his efforts take him from Los Angeles to the heart of the Colombian jungle, even Washington, DC! Overall, the plot is a suspenseful thriller with more than a few shockers to keep you on the edge of your seat. In the heel of the hunt, one must ask, how far would you go in your search for justice?

Now, onto the Blu Ray quality.

Picture: The picture quality gets a solid 9 from me here. While it does take a while to show itself, and you will see what I mean when you first watch the film on Blu Ray, it is one of the better Blu Rays out there in my book. It really surpassed my expectations. The brightness, sharpness, contrast and textures are all on top form and, in some cases, visually exemplary! This is definitely a Blu Ray I would recommend if you like your picture quality to be top brass!

Sound: I would give the sound an 8, overall. There's no real problems with it, except that the dialogue gets lost amid the action at times, so to speak. Overall, it isn't a big problem and it's known to happen with Blu Rays.

Overall, Collateral Damage is a very good film and it is matched by a very good Blu Ray here, in my opinion. It really surpassed my expectations on Blu Ray as I really wasn't expecting much, given the film's age now (2002). A solid Blu Ray transfer guaranteed here, highly recommended!
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Format: Blu-ray
Video: 1080p High Definition 16x9 1.85:1

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1,Dolby Digital: English 5.1,
Français 5.1 (Dubbed in Quebec), Español,(Castilian 5.1 and Latin 2.0),
Italian 5.1, Portugues 2.0

Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish,
Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portugues & Swedish.

Special Features: Commentary by Director Andrew Davis
2 Featurettes: The Making of Collateral Damage and the Hero in a New Era:
Reflections on Collateral Damage - Additional Scenes - Theatrical Trailer.
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Format: DVD
Hmm. As with all action films, especially those that feature one of the action heroes we grew up with, there will be supporters of even the most turgid of productions. Collateral Damage was the point where the truest and honest of Arnold Schwarzenegger's fans knew it was the end of an era.

Famously held back from release for a year due to the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers, the film pitches Schwarzenegger as a L.A. fireman, who after his wife and child are killed by an act of terrorism, decides to take the law into his own hands. The focus here is Colombia, and the big guy goes off to Colombia on a one man crusade to kill those responsible for his grief. Cue explosions, kinetic action, bad effects, bad dialogue, mucho posturing and hissing villains.

It works on a very basic level for fans of such fare, in fact it's nice to see Arnie playing a vulnerable role where he quite often gets hurt - both physically and mentally. It's just that it feels tired, feels too long, while it wastes a cast that includes Elias Koteas, John Turturo and John Leguizamo. Decent enough as a time waster? Yes, just, but really if this wasn't on Schwarzenegger's CV then nobody would lose any sleep over it. 5/10
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