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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Great Action from Arnie Again!!

8/10
Author: craig_madden from United Kingdom
1 December 2006

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This movie is one of Arnie's best recent action flicks. From start to finish it is pure pumping action. I admit It's a bit corny in the way that John Krueger(Arnold) only ever gets shot once in the whole movie, but that's the gist of all action movies. He must have been shot at 1000 times at least, but the funny thing is you always know John Krueger(Arnold) is NOT going to die, yet your still totally fixed to the movie, or I at least was anyway - maybe it's because I'm a massive Arnie fan. If you're not satisfied with the action there is also a top babe as one of the lead roles, she's lush. So if you haven't watched it and want to see some action/james bond type movie, then go watch this. I'm sure you won't regret it. I give it 8/10.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Average Action Movie

9/10
Author: kenandraf from Honolulu, Hawaii
29 August 2002

Average action movie that could have been better if it had a better screenplay and better CGI special effects.The movie was probably rushed during it's filming.Too bad because the acting,story and cast was good.Some ill adviced scene sequences that should have been reshot like the first few scenes showing Arnie doing the ERASURE procedures (very sloppy) and later on the very cartoonish hungry reptiles at the city Zoo (cheap CGI).The seriousness of the storyline also degrades toward the last 30 minutes of the movie.Only for big action movie fans and fans of the lead actors......

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Arnold at his Best!!!

10/10
Author: (ttroxel3)
23 November 2003

This movie did very good job on keeping me on the edge of my chair. This movie showed the talents of Arnold, Vanessa Williams, and James Caan. The movie was very entertaining and did a very good job on keeping the plot in the story. I hope to see Vanessa Williams in more movies like theses.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

One of Arnold`s best!

10/10
Author: Movie Nuttball from U.S.A.
16 August 2002

In my opinion 1996 was one of the biggest years ever for movies. Eraser is on of Arnold`s best pictures. It has alot stars and action! It Stars the huge Arnold,James Caan,the beautiful Vanessa Williams,the vertern actors James Coburn and Andy Romano,Robert Pastorelli,bad guys Patrick Kilpatrick and Sven-Ole Thorsen, and the legendary actor James Cromwell. It has a good story and it really has some great scenes including the air plane and zoo scenes! The music by Alan Silvestri in it is pretty good! I think this is one of his best movies and all Arnold fans should check this one out!

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Full of action and adventure.

10/10
Author: friedshrimp-2 (friedshrimp@webtv.net) from us
15 October 2000

Arnold Schwarzenegger battles evil men and protects harmless victims. All the acting is thoroughly good, and the special effects are also good. Arnold is good at fighting the bad guys and doing things that require strength. This is a movie almost anyone can enjoy.

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

You're Luggage!

10/10
Author: DAVE (ocasekfan@yahoo.com) from United States
21 May 2002

Arnold chalks up another blockbuster to his list. This time he's "The Eraser" John Kruger, who will erase your past to protect your future. After Kruger's boss turns on him, he must not only protect himself but the lady he must keep alive!

This action packed movie really hits home.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

The dodgy effect here and there, but this Schwarzenegger vehicle is good fun

6/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
7 July 2016

A super-slick slice of action, starring the reliable Arnie. This fast-paced flick has a lot bigger budget than Arnie's '80s offerings but it's not quite as enjoyable, despite an eye-popping array of visual effects and non-stop action sequences. There's a clinical detachment to this film, mainly due to the 'seen it all before' feel, as nothing really proves memorable or fresh.

However there are lots of reasons to watch. Arnie may look a little old these days but he's still as tough as ever, even more so than before as he has his hands and legs impaled by flying shrapnel (great scenes) and rips them out. Lots of baddies are killed and shot by Schwarzenegger, and it's great to see him return to a solid action role after the rather nauseating comedies like JUNIOR and JINGLE ALL THE WAY. Vanessa Williams is the female lead and remains competent, but being female she isn't really given much to do. James Caan enjoys himself in an over-the-top role as a sneering villain, much like Michael Caine in ON DEADLY GROUND. He makes a good adversary.

The special effects are all outstanding in this film, the super guns being most memorable as they leave plasma rings in the air after a bullet (an effect used more extensively in THE MATRIX). There are also a number of outrageous stunts and action sequences, set pieces including Arnie jumping out of a plane to get his parachute and a fight in a zoo, where crocodiles eat a number of bad guys in a hilarious moment: just a shame about the extremely dodgy nature of the CGI effects. The BBFC outrageously cut close to four minutes of the violence on this film's UK release, and it's definitely worth tracking down the uncut version. The violence in this is pleasingly hard-hitting and old school, as Schwarzenegger doesn't shy away from taking out the bad guys – and some good guys too, if need be.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Arnie Action All the Way!

9/10
Author: Comeuppance Reviews from United States Minor Outlying Islands
22 December 2015

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U.S. Marshal John Kruger (Arnie, who is credited simply as "Eraser" in the end credits) is...an eraser, a man who works for WITSEC, or "Witness Security", erasing the identities of people in the Witness Relocation Program so baddies won't find them and kill them. No one is better than Kruger at what he does, but he faces his toughest challenge yet when he's assigned to protect Lee Cullen (Williams), a woman on the run. After working with the FBI on a sting operation involving illegal gunrunning - especially as it relates to a high-tech new EMP gun - now all sorts of bad guys are after her, from corrupt U.S. bureaucrats to the Russian Mafia. (Not to be confused with Roma Maffia, who's in the movie). Kruger's rival is his former compatriot DeGuerin (Caan), who is a formidable nemesis, but Kruger's got plenty of tricks up his sleeve besides erasing people, as we'll clearly see. Will DeGuerin and the other baddies get ERASED...permanently? Eraser is probably one of the last, best Arnold movies. It's a fitting way to unofficially wrap up the "Golden Age" of his career of the 80's and 90's, because the movie is pure Hollywood ridiculous action in true Schwarzenegger style. It truly is an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, a genre unto itself, if that makes any sense. You pretty much have to love it. It's nice to see a younger, thinner, more agile Arnie, along with his unmistakable voice. Of course, he gets many classic one-liners to cap off many sequences. The fact that Kruger is supposed to be a U.S. Marshal, but becomes an unkillable superhero who for all intents and purposes can fly and survive grievous injuries with ease, is an oversight of the best kind, something the audience has to go with and couldn't do without, unless they wanted a much less entertaining movie.

The whole thing is very 90's, with classic computers, including the very-new "Internet", and some now-vintage cell phones. The technology even helps Kruger with his job, stating on the screen "Prepare to Erase". But whether tiny budget or huge budget, action movies of the day had one thing in common: people after "the disc", in this case what appears to be some more hot technology, Minidisc. Someone always wants that darn disc. But you KNOW the action isn't taking place in the present time because James Caan smokes indoors in government buildings. That's the ultimate no-no. Only a true bad guy would do that.

Besides Caan, we also have Vanessa Williams, who confronts James Cromwell, stating to him that at the Cyrez Corporation, "treason is part of the corporate strategy!" - which sounds like a perfect ad tagline for them. Williams has had a long and storied career, but is only really relevant to fans of this site as co-star of Under the Gun (1988) with Sam Jones. So, between this and that, her action pedigree is surprising and pretty respectable. While we often joke about the star singing the end credits song (like we've done for Jerry Trimble, etc.), in this case, Williams actually does, because this is a Hollywood production, after all, and they can get high-caliber talent. There is another rockin' tune that plays after the movie, which we suspect is Trevor Rabin's "Caught a Train", but we're not sure. As far as the soundtrack itself, there are those wailin' guitar squeals heard often, which we liked because we thought it was a throwback to the 80's.

Watch out for a cameo from Sven-Ole Thorsen towards the end of the movie, uncredited, as a Russian thug. Evidently, he and Arnie are buddies. Arnie should have advised him against being in Fatal Combat (1997). Another familiar face for us who turned up briefly was Patrick Kilpatrick, which helped to seal Eraser's connection to other action movies of the day. We also liked seeing James Coburn, if it was a pretty small role, but in a movie filled with actors with distinctive voices (i.e. Arnold and Caan), he stood out. Pastorelli added energy as Arnold's sidekick, and full marks go to one Andy Romano, who played Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper. Romano is one of those character actors that has been in tons of stuff, but gets little acclaim or recognition. We try to celebrate these people, especially when they shine, and here he certainly does as one of DeGuerin's partners in crime.

If what we've read is true, Eraser was a troubled production with many problems along the road to completion. It's one of those situations where there are many writers and people have to be brought in to do tons of rewrites. Maybe it's because some Law & Order people started the script, or heavyweights like Frank Darabont and even John Milius came in to polish things up, but, from a viewer's perspective, you really can't tell. Nor should you. The whole thing is improbable enough - any behind the scenes flaws are papered over invisibly to us. Eraser is classic, big-budget, Arnie Action All the Way - call us old-fashioned, but we really enjoyed it.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

You've just been Erased.....Arnold's Best!!!

10/10
Author: adonis98-743-186503 from Greece
12 October 2015

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Eraser is another Underrated Arnold Movie and i'm amazed that it has such a low score in IMDb the film is full of action and some great one liners. Arnold is great as always the rest of the cast does a pretty great job James Caan is cool and Vanessa Williams is good as well. The best scene from the film is when he grabs the 2 guns and he starts shooting people it's like watching a human Terminator killing resistance soldiers. This movie is EPIC by miles great action, great cast and a good story they don't make them like this anymore that's for sure. If you love Arnie and his movies then you gonna love this film. You're Luggage 10 out of 10

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

good action, fair body count but needs better wisecracks

7/10
Author: SnoopyStyle
15 May 2015

US Marshal John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is an expert at erasing identities at WITSEC. Chief Beller (James Coburn) assigns Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams) to him. She's a whistle-blower at defense contractor Cyrez Corporation. After getting the evidence for the government, she is resistant to WITSEC and killers come after her with high-tech weapons. Fellow Marshal Robert DeGuerin (James Caan) tells Kruger that someone is killing witnesses.

It's a nice action thriller. There are lots of gun action. The body count is pretty good. Arnold gets to hang out of a plane and battle some crocodiles. It probably needs a few more wisecracks to be as fun as some of Arnold's best. The one-liners aren't quite as good. I like it but people may be tired of his big action movies by that point.

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