Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1996. Kopelson Entertainment, Warner Bros.. Story by Tony Puryear, Walon Green, Michael S. Chernuchin, Screenplay by Tony Puryear, Walon Green. Cinematography by Adam Greenberg. Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Bill Kenney. Costume Design by Richard Bruno. Film Editing by Michael Tronick. Academy Awards 1996.
After a business executive in a high-tech weapons company (Vanessa Williams) agrees to testify against her boss, she finds her life in terrible danger from the bad guys who want her rubbed out. Enter the Eraser (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the commando of the Witness Protection Program who does a superb job of destroying your entire life and convincing the world that you have left it. Protecting this woman turns out to be much harder than the usual job for him, however, when it turns out that there is a mole on the loose inside police headquarters and she has no safe place left to turn. This routine action thriller benefits from a healthy sense of fun, some very exciting sequences and a good rapport between its leads. It’s not the same quality of film that had come to be expected from Arnold up until this point: where’s the imaginative creativity of Terminator 2, Total Recall and True Lies? All the same, it’s a good time with an appealing cast of characters and some excellent visual and sound effects.