A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power.
Mark L. Lester
Rae Dawn Chong,
Aaron Roman (Gores) is a teenager with cerebral palsy who dreams of starring in a big-time action movie. When his father (Mantegna) grants Aaron his wish for his 18th birthday, he experiences the reality a bit hard to manage.
Firefighter Gordon Brewer is plunged into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after he loses his wife and child in a bombing credited to Claudio "The Wolf" Perrini. Frustrated with the official investigation and haunted by the thought that the man responsible for murdering his family might never be brought to justice, Brewer takes matters into his own hands and tracks his quarry ultimately to Colombia. Written by
After the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, Warner Bros. pulled all advertising of the film which had included a mock newspaper clipping alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger's face featuring the word "bombing" and the tagline "What would you do if you lost everything?" and its Collateral Damage (2002) movie website that had included a game called "Hunting for the Wolf". When the film was finally released in 2002, the film's poster was revamped with shot of an explosion due to the U.S. subsequent invasion of Afghanistan in the background of Arnold's face in the foreground and the film's original tagline missing. The website was completely revamped with nothing but production stills, bios, the film's synopsis, and cast and crew material. The games and other material that had been on the original version of the website were completely eliminated. See more »
Despite sliding down and swinging on well greased elevator cables, Gordy Brewer doesn't have a spot of grease on his hands or clothes. See more »
Finally, Arnold is back in a great action film. Alot of fun!
After many long years, and several very stupid roles, Arnold has finally made a film that his long time fans will come to appreciate...Collateral Damage.
Arnold plays Gordon Brewer, a Los Angeles firefighter. After his wife and child are killed by Columbian terrorists in an explosion at the Columbian Consulate, Brewer seeks revenge. After the US government obviously has no plans to help out his cause, he takes the law into his own hands and seeks out those responsible for the death of his family.
Sure, the plot sounds like a standard Arnold film, and alot of the action is totally unrealistic, however, the story is very well written, and has certain plot twists that I definately did not see coming.
This film reminds me alot of Commando. However, thankfully Arnold's acting has gotten better over the years, and the script in this film is not as cheesy as that of Commando.
So far, this would have to be the best action film of 2002. If you are a fan of Arnold's, check it out. You will not be disappointed. Anyone else, try it for fun. It is one really great ride.
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