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A firefighter is plunged into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after he loses his wife and child in a bombing. Frustrated by the government's stalled investigation and haunted by the thought that the man responsible for murdering his family might never be brought to justice, he takes matters into his own hands and tracks the bomber to Colombia.
Action Thriller - Adult action fans, particularly males, will enjoy this typically
explosive Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle. Violent content makes it
inappropriate for younger children and may turn off more sensitive
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "It's a grim, humorless affair, and Schwarzenegger is a
lifeless automaton. Arnold has screen presence, but he cannot act. Attempts to
shape him into a different kind of action hero - one with darker motives and
deep internal conflicts - are doomed to failure. The wreckage of Collateral
Damage offers ample proof of this. It comes across as a glossy knock-off of
a B-movie revenge flick.''
Review Good "You may not want to attend "Collateral Damage"
because of 9/11, but it hardly seems fair to attack it for not knowing then what
we all know now. My guess is that the average firefighter, like the average
American moviegoer, might sort of enjoy the movie, which is a skillfully made
example of your typical Schwarzenegger action film. The Arnold character is
uncomplicated, loyal, brave and resourceful, and only does six or seven things
that are impossible in the physical universe.''
Review Average "Because it's Schwarzenegger, we all know our hero won't be
down for long, and what follows, however far-fetched, elicited supportive cheers
from the audience. It seems that as long as Schwarzenegger has the fabulous pecs
and brawny biceps, audiences will root for him.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "Utterly predictable, noisy and stupid, this thriller
mixes the usual genre tropes (hovering helicopters, ragtag Latinos with guns,
inscrutable government agents, stuff blowing up) with truly icky sentimentality.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some decent opinions, but not as high as I would have expected (hoped) to see. It's obvious nearly everyone enjoyed "Collateral Damage," but quite a few only rated it "Good/Avg." and lower which isn't all that great. I did notice that those who rated it "Good/Avg." also indicated that they would recommend the movie to select friends, so they didn't think it was too bad (or they don't like their friends much :-)
These opinions are certainly good enough to recommend "Collateral Damage" for most moviegoers, but you may want to read the detailed content to be sure it's right for you. Also remember that it contains scenes of terrorists bombing Americans in case that's an especially sensitive issue for you due to the 9-11 attack.
The negative comments were that it was too violent, too far-fetched/unrealistic, too close to 9-11. The positive comments were that it had great action and quite a few said Arnold was great.
In one fleeting moment, Gordy Brewer (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER) loses everything he ever cared about.
Running late to meet his wife and son at a downtown high-rise complex one morning, the L.A. firefighter and devoted family man arrives in time to witness a bomb explode in a nearby vehicle, showering the area with debris and shattered glass.
The explosion is credited to El Lobo, The Wolf, an infamous rebel leader in Colombia's decades-long civil war. Its targets were members of the Colombian consulate and American intelligence agents; its casualties included one civilian woman and one small boy -- Gordy's family, innocent people who lost their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Gordy's only consolation for the loss of his family is the hope that justice will prevail and that the Wolf will be stopped before he has a chance to strike again. But weeks later, as the tragic event becomes yesterday's news, he watches the official inquiry into The
Wofl's whereabouts come to a frustrating standstill.
Against the advice of friends, the FBI, and pointed warnings from CIA agent Brandt (ELIAS
KOTEAS), Gordy sets out to track down The Wolf himself, a quest that will take him deep into the inhospitable jungle terrain of war-torn Colombia. It's a plan that has little chance of succeeding and is almost certain to cost him his own life. But Gordy Brewer doesn't care about the risks or the odds against him.