(out of 5)
If The Sixth Day and End Of Days signaled the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s box office reign, Collateral Damage made it official. The real disappointment is that Arnold’s earlier, more successful movies weren’t just popular, they were really good: what’s better than a night of watching The Terminator, Terminator II, Predator, True Lies and Total Recall? In this embarrassing action film, Arnold plays a California firefighter whose wife and son are killed in a terrorist bombing by Colombian militants who want the US government out of their country. To get revenge, he travels to Bogota to find the leader of the rebellious faction of guerrillas responsible for the tragedy, along the way befriending the villain’s wife (Francesca Neri) and helping her get away from her increasingly alienated husband. Fun plot twists are a plus, but the action is mostly routine, Arnold looks bored and the story is just a collection of xenophobic cliches.
Warner Bros., Bel Air Entertainment, David Foster Productions, Hacienda Productions
Directed by Andrew Davis
Cinematography by Adam Greenberg
Music by Graeme Revell
Production Design by Philip Rosenberg
Costume Design by James W. Tyson