Collateral Damage is easily Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best performance to date. Now, i am not saying it is a good performance, but it is really good for Arnold standards. Collateral Damage is a film that was made around 9/11, in fact it was delayed post 9/11. The story centers around Gordy Brewster (Arnold), who is a firefighter who loses his wife and son in a terrorist attack. Hi-larious. Then he decides to take the law into his own hands and hunt down the terrorist in Columbia.
One of the things with this movie is that it is definitely not a movie that was made with Arnold in mind. It is a pretty straight forward drama, with very little action. There is no one liners or humor for that matter. Arnold is pissed and keeps his “intense face” on the entire time. The film was directed by Andrew Davis, who directed “Above the Law”, “Under Siege” and one of my top ten favorite films “The Fugitive”. It seems like after doing The Fugitive, Davis started to make dramas exclusively. Any humor that came with his previous films seemed to go away, which is a shame, because everyone could use some sort of comic release. Enter John Leguizamo.
After getting arrested and placed in a jail, Gordy gets free with the help of John Turturro. I am sure his character had a name, but it didn’t matter. So John Turturro is able to get Arnold out of the prison and takes him to a drug runner named John Leguizamo. Yeah, he probably has a character name as well, but it does not matter. “Johnny Legs” is definitely light hearted, but by this point things have been so deadly serious, that you just want Arnold to kill a bunch of bad people. But it never really happens. Arnold walks around, talks to some people, then walks around some more in order to talk to some people. I have tried to verify this, but if i recall correctly, Arnold only kills three people in the movie. I should probably go back and re watch the whole movie, but i never said that these reviews would involve research.
I like the movie alright. It is not the greatest movie in the world, but it is more bearable that some of the movies i will review. The thing that baffles me is that it is not necessarily an action film. I think that this movie would be more engaging with a good actor. It is good to see Arnold try his hand at some dramatic work, but that is not the reason i love Arnold movies so much. I am in it for the one-liners, the awkward smile and the winks to the camera. I don’t hate this movie, but i don’t love it either.
By the way, what is up with the shower scene with the boy at the beginning?
★ ★ ★