A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
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
Well-known Vietnam War veteran and radical anti-war activist Stan Goff briefly worked as a technical military adviser on the film. He later said it was one of the worst experiences of his life and that the finished product was "yet another guns and fire-balls, macho death-cult, fascist film-myth." See more »
The most depressing thing about "Collateral Damage" isn't that it's reminiscent of 9/11 (the resemblance is pretty superficial), but that it epitomizes the sad state of Arnold's decaying movie career. Looking old and burnt out, he plods his way through a plot that is really much too serious for an action movie. He has no hilarious one-liners and he kicks only a modicum of a**, which is a big mistake since that's what we're paying to see. The mighty have fallen to this...
I was impressed with Francesca Neri's performance, and unlike everybody else in the universe I think that Arnold is actually a pretty good actor. But his material here is B-grade political thriller stuff that belongs in a Tom Clancy paperback packed with schematics of all the military vehicles involved. Arnold works better in sci-fi and fantasy settings; his contemporary Earth movies are pretty boring, and I'm always amazed that none of the supporting characters ever comment on his physique or accent. Why doesn't somebody, just once, say "daaaaamn, that's a big Austrian guy"?
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