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Collateral Damage

Arnold Schwarzenegger , John Leguizamo , Andrew Davis    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collateral Damage movie imitates real events June 17 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Collateral Damage is the great and partially real action film in which Arnold Schwarzenger plays a fireman hell bent on getting his hands on the Terrorist who killed his wife and kid
and many other citizens near a shopping mall.
With the attacks on Sept 11 , movies have tried to cash in but Collateral Damage is different. Arnold even dedicated the movie to firefighters everywhere in an interview with Byron Allen.
The movie is brilliant in showing what only what the motivation behind terrorist attacks , but the depiction of slow agencies like fbi to counter these terrorist attacks.
Basically, the FBI and CIA tell Gorden Brewer(Arnold
Schwarzennger) that they are working to bring down the
terrorist who killed his family, when in fact they have no good leads on the suspect.
Rather, than sitting on his butt, and waiting for the FBI to do something, Gordon takes the law into his own hands and seeks to get justice for his family by going into Columbia and getting "The Wolf" as the terrorist is called.
There is a great scene in which Gordon goes crazy
and literally beats the hell out of a cold-blooded radio news reporter who says that the victims are pure garbage by saying their "collateral damage". The radio reporter explains the reasons behind terrorist attacks but shows no feeling for victims. I loved this scene, because this reporter clearly has no remorse for the dead. He probably has no family of his nose, and doesn't know the meaning of life, except to cover his own.
Now you might say to yourself what's the difference between
Arnold's character (who is going for justice) and the terrorist well here is the big difference from Arnold himself:
"The difference between me and you is that
I am only going to kill you".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars you get exactly what you expect with this one May 4 2004
Format:DVD
A film by Andrew Davis
"Collateral Damage" was originally supposed to be released in September or October of 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a movie about terrorism on US soil would be seen as insensitive and inappropriate, but it would also have been a bad business decision. It seemed that this movie was marred by the taint of association. It was also marred by the fact that it was a fairly ordinary movie.
Gordy Brewer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a New York City firefighter. His wife and son are killed in a terrorist attack and Brewer just happened to get a look at the man believed to be the terrorist. The terrorist who pulled off the attack is a Columbian known only as The Wolf (Cliff Curtis). The Wolf's agenda has to do with getting the Americans (and their interests) out of his country. Unfortunately, other than agent Peter Brandt (Elias Koteas), the intended target of the attack, nobody in the government is willing to pursue the Wolf in his own country. In fact, Brandt is being pulled off the case and reassigned. Brewer decides to take matters into his own hands and finds a way into Columbia and starts to track down The Wolf.
Have you seen Arnold's other action movies? Are you a fan of the genre? If so, you know exactly how this movie will play out. If you like these kind of movies, you'll like this one. "Collateral Damage" has its moments, and when Arnold actually gets to Columbia, the movie is at its most interesting (despite being at its most implausible). This is simply an average movie. It's not particularly awful, but neither is it very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SMOKE SCREEN June 1 2004
Format:DVD
Arnold Schwarzenegger is starting to show his age, as evidenced in this below average Arnie film. In an attempt to rely more on his thespian abilities than his massive brawn, Arnold plays a fireman who loses his wife and son in a terrorist bomb attack. The range of emotions he is required to exhibit demonstrate the Austrian's limitations. Granted, he's a much better actor than he was years ago, but he cannot truly convince us that he is the character he plays. Of the supporting cast, only Elias Koteas as the CIA rogue, displays any true acting abilities. Francesa Neri as the Wolf's wife comes close, but she telegraphs a key plot twist early on. Cliff Curtis as the Wolf is stock nasty hero and the movie's message that terrorism vs. terrorism tactics is not the humane thing. There are a couple of nasty scenes involving a snake and Arnold's mandibular strength. The movie slows down somewhat in the Colombian sequence, but the climax in DC is appropriately tense and exciting.
Certainly not one of Arnold's best, but somewhat entertaining.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's sappy, it's crappy, it's all over the mappy March 22 2004
Format:DVD
Someone decided that Arnie can't rely on his muscles alone (the man's pushing 50, for crying out loud) and made this movie. It is supposed to show off his acting skills. Arnie gets to cry, rage silently, bicker with sleezeballs, and Do the Right Thing (tm). All the while, he is a fireman out for revenge against a random terrorist act that obliterated his family.
Arnold's character is part McGuyver, part brawny fireman, part Punisher. He travels to Colombia on his own, surviving against all odds and his obviously foreign accent to...well to kill people. Only he learns that there are losses on both sides of any conflict. And he trades revenge in for the opportunity to save a little boy.
This movie stops just short of Arnie singing, "All we are saaaaying is give peace a chance" while holding two babies of different ethnicities in his arms. It's sappy, it's crappy, it's all over the mappy.
Okay, so I couldn't come up with an "appy" word. Point is, this is a mediocre film that would have been utterly ignored if it hadn't been for September 11. The director's commentary pumps up this movie to be of vital importance to American culture when in reality, it's a castoff of the cinema world.
In the end, Arnie takes on the bad guys with a fireman's axe. 'Cause he's a fireman. And stuff.
And oh yeah, there's a twist ending as to who the villain is. Yawn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ahhnold gets the revenge he seeks!
Collateral Damage(Feb/02)stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as an L.A. fireman Gord Brewer,who gets unexpectedly caught up in the drama of a Columbian drug cartel as he seeks revenge for... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2011 by Robert Badgley
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dumb movie
There are maybe 5 minutes of this movie that is ok. the rest of it is terrible.
Published on March 26 2004 by M Fong
1.0 out of 5 stars bogus
As a previous fan of Arnold as a foreign man tetermined to make it big in the US, i must say i am disappointed that he even made this film. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by pablo rojas
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable
This is a watchable movie, but nothing special. The cover is deceiving -- it makes it look like yet-another Vietnam movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Randy Given
3.0 out of 5 stars A non-mechanical hero
I sat down to watch the movie only after ensuring that the character played by Arnie, was more human than his usual roles i.e. no robotics involved, no sci-fic. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Jamie Fern
2.0 out of 5 stars An Election Tune-up
I have to admit, I was about to rip this DVD out of the player and use it as a coaster for Mr. Frosty the Beer Mug when it dawned on me (after seven Mr. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by D. Mikels
1.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda nonsense!
When I first heard about this new action film, I was actually quite interested. (It's good ol Arnie after all! Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action, relevant plot and surprising ending
I have mostly enjoyed Arnold's movies, with some exceptions (such as Commando, Twins and the most terrible one where he - oh horror! - gives birth to a child). Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by "id_319"
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrocide!
Arnold kills colombian couple and adopts their son. Delicious! Makes me want to fight terrorism, or kill couples and adopt their children, or maybe both.
Published on Oct. 27 2003
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