Arnold Week: Collateral Damage (2002)

This film about terrorism was originally scheduled to be released on October 5, 2001, but it was obviously postponed after 9/11 and released on February 8, 2002. The original cut had Sofía Vergara hijack an airplane; this was also cut from the film.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Captain Gordon Brewer, a firefighter hunting down the Colombian terrorists who killed his wife Anne and son Matt when a bomb blows up in the plaza of the Colombian Consulate building in Los Angeles.

Claudio “El Lobo” Perrini (Cliff Curtis) is the man behind the bomb attack and even his wife Selena (Francesca Neri, yes, the daughter of Rosalba) is starting to see that perhaps her husband is just as into killing Americans as he is making a political message. Or so it seems…

Brewer is now in Colombia making his own improvised bomb strikes, much to the displeasure of Peter Brandt (Elias Koteas), the head of the CIA in the country. Can Brewer get the revenge he needs so badly? Or is he part of the problem? When is too much enough?

Directed by Andrew Davis (Under SiegeThe Fugitive) and written by Ronald Roose (who edited Easy MoneyMy Demon Lover and House Arrest) and David and Petter Griffiths, this casts Arnold as an everyman when we want Arnold to be Arnold. It takes almost the entire movie to get there, but when he electrocutes terrorists, bites off ears and dispatches a villain with an axe, you’ll be pleased while wondering why we didn’t get this from the beginning.

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