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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 22-MAY-2007
Media Type: DVD
From The Terminator to Titanic, you can always rely on writer-director James Cameron to show you something you've never seen on the big screen before. The guy may not consistently pen the most scintillating dialogue in the world (and, especially in this movie, he doesn't seem to have a particularly high regard for women), but as a director of kinetic, push-the-envelope action sequences, he is in a class by himself. In True Lies, the highlight is a breathtaking third-act jet and car chase through the Florida Keys. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a covert intelligence agent whose wife of 15 years (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally finds out that he's not really a computer salesman and who becomes mixed up in a case involving nuclear arms smuggling. Tom Arnold is surprisingly funny and engaging as Schwarzenegger's longtime spy partner, and Bill Paxton is a smarmy used-car salesman (is that redundant?) whom Arnold thinks is having an affair with his wife. Purely in terms of spectacular action and high-tech hardware, True Lies is a blast. --Jim Emerson
A grersat story of what could be happening in everyday life that is unknown. Then falls apart and only Arnold Schwarzenegger could pull off....more info
- A classic.
One of the great classics. Filled with great moments, and an essential for anyone who is forming an Arnold collection....more info
- Very good
This was purchased as a gift for my 17-yr. old grandson & he thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I've seen it as well & it was a great movie....more info
- Gordon Street? Sid once benched with Arnold on Gordon Street, but that was a long time ago when Sid was a young man
True Lies has long been on the Sid the Elf back-burner. It was on the list of films that must be reviewed at some point, and kind of became an emergency B. It was like the Vinny Testaverde of B, weren't too excited to use it because of the apparent clumsiness involved, but if first and second options failed, you might be ok going with it. Well, we officially went into emergency B mode this week so we went with True Lies. It turns out that we were exactly right, there was a ton of clumsiness to endure, but in the end Sid came out ok. Really, you're never in bad hands with Arnold. If Amazon had his California tourism commercials on DVD, we'd not only review them, we'd give them 5 stars. The point is, we could get a laugh or a hundred out of Arnold saying anything at all. True lies was no exception.
In this film, Arnold plays super terrific secret agent Harry Tasker. Tasker's family believes he is a computer salesman, that he loves the computer business, and that he is an incredibly boring person. His mission is to track down nuclear warheads stolen by an arms smuggler from Kazakhstan. We were blown away when we learned that Borat's country was prominently involved in this film. So Arnold goes to a party at the arms dealer's house where he meets Cassandra from Wayne's World 2. She is an antique dealer who is using her business as a front to smuggle the warheads for Aziz the leader of a terrorist organization into U.S. and A, greatest country in the world. Once Arnold starts poking around the situation, Aziz decides to follow him. Arnold, of course, is much too smart for this. He leads Aziz into a mall where he procedes to catch him with the front and make Aziz blead inside his chest. Aziz manages to get away on a motorcycle, being chased by Arnold on a horse. A terribly B action sequence ensues and Aziz gets away. Just great B all-around, trust us.
Arnold then finds out that his wife, Laurie Strode, is having a kind of affair with a guy named Simon, who is a B version of Lester Diamond. This is the intentional comedy part of the film with Arnold using secret agent methods to track Simon and his wife. Simon pretends to be a spy to get chicks. Harry and his sidekick, Tom Arnold, kidnap Laurie and interigate her through a one-way mirror. They find out that Mrs. Tasker hasn't done anything with Simon Diamond, but that she is bored with Harry and craves adventure. So Harry gives her a fake assignment, which entails her going to a hotel room and getting ready to have a sexy time with a supposed stranger, even though it was really Arnold doing soundboard in the shadows. Anyway, the terrorists bust into the hotel room and take Harry and Helen prisioner. Some of the most ridiculous action sequences ever filmed ensue, including the famous Arnold iso-rowing Jamie Lee Curtis from the limo to the helicopter scene. So he just saved his wife from the terrorists, now they have kidnapped his daughter. Harry's daughter is played by a young Eliza Dushku. In case you were wondering, the ruling on the field is that it is ok to think she's hot here--moving on. She manages to get the arming key for the missles and has Aziz chase her onto the top of a skyscraper. Arnold flies to her in a marine jet and has her jump in. Ok. Aziz manages to jump onto the plane as well, but he is hanging from a missle. So Arnold fires the missle into a helicopter carrying the other terrorists and kills them all. That encapsulates why Sid believes Arnold should be the sole exception to the law stating the president must be born in the U.S. At the end of the film, we see that Arnold and Jamie Lee are now secret agent partners as they go off to a mission together.
This film was an action-comedy(both intentional and unintentional), by James Cameron. We liked it, but we also lost interest in the second half of the film. Maybe we just couldn't resist the lure of the Arnold soundboard after listening to him for a solid 45 minutes. Maybe it was only enjoyable after doing a unit in the bushes and making countless "Good. Now we are having fun" jokes and assesing the parallels of the film with Wayne's World 2 because of Charlton Heston and Tia Carrere. If you're an Arnold fan, it's certainly a must. You can always laugh at Arnold and as a bonus, you can make fun of Tom Arnold and his "I can't believe they gave me this part!" glow throughout the film. This film isn't the Governator's best work, but it did just fine in a B pinch. Without hesitation, Sid recomends....more info
- Ya Gotta Love It!
Arnie is best when the movie is: 1.) Campy, ex. Last Action Hero, Commando, 2.) Shear testosterone: Predator, Terminator, or 3.) when he surrounds himself with great co-stars: Kindergarten Cop, Eraser, and the focus here, True Lies. Jamie Lee, Bill Paxton, Grant Heslov, Art Malik are all terrific, but Tom Arnold takes the prize in this one. Gib(Arnold), the perfect partner for Harry(Arnie), is histercal as he trys to keep Harry's two lives separate and them focused on their national defense assignments, even while firing off very funny lines about all that comes up.
Not to be missed by any Arnie fan and leave it to Jamie Lee Curtis to give a strip-tease that is both VERY sexy and belly-laugh funny at the same time!
I suppose, if you really wanted to be offended, a middle eastern person could be, but give it a rest, I'm Irish, and the Irish folks are the bad guys/ terrorists in Patriot Games and just flat out nasty-bad in Gangs of New York. Everybody has their "bad apples". Just sit back and enjoy a funny, action movie with secret agencies, used car salesmen and a pair of Harrier Jets firing Sidewinder missiles at a bridge somewhere in the Florida Keys. ...more info
- The most perfect movie casting I have ever seen in my life!!
Sure, Bruce Willis is my favorite actor in action movies, but there is something very special about True Lies. This movie is simply brilliant, start to finish. I have never seen a movie with a supporting cast that was so perfectly put together in my life. Arnold is great, we all know that. Jamie Lee Curtis was the perfect choice for the female lead. What a brilliant job she does. Tom Arnold? Whoever cast him also deserves a medal. He is brilliant and the best at keeping the comedy and one-liners coming. Bill Paxton also turned out an unforgettable performance as the sleazy used car salesman. Tia Carrere was great too. This movie was perfect from start to finish. My only complaint is, where are the extras? They need more than a trailer to accompany this steller movie, like a featurette, behind the scenes look, how the stunts were done, interviews with the cast/crew. Seeings how this is Arnolds best movie, and BY FAR the best thing that ever happened to the careers of Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold, I would think they would be jumping at the chance to do new interviews for this release. They should come out with a Special Collectors Edition of this DVD, because this movie is a modern day classic if there ever was one....more info
- Ridiculous but very, very fun
The thing to remember about "True Lies" is that you can't take is seriously. With movies like this, you simply have to sit back and enjoy its implausibility.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Harry Tasker, an agent working for a top-secret government organization called The Omega Sector. His parter Gib (Tom Arnold) is pretty much a slacker and exists only to provide comic relief. Harry's wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and teenage daughter (Eliza Dushku) think he is a boring computer salesman.
Events occur in which Harry must prevent an Islamic terrorist (Art Malik) from detonating a nuclear bomb on U.S. soil. And, of course, Helen and his daughter become involved.
Schwarzenegger is very good in this movie. Tom Arnold's character was hilarious, if not pointless. Curtis excelled as Helen, but the villain was pretty forgetful. Bill Paxton's subplot, while not having much to do with the actual story, was very entertaining.
The best thing about "True Lies" was the action setpieces. From the opening escape to the climatic showdown in a Harrier jet, the action scenes were SPECTACULAR. James Cameron always incorporates eye-popping special effects into his films, and this movie is no exception. The effects got an Oscar nomination, ultimately loosing to "Forrest Gump."
"True Lies" is a wildly entertaining action movie. I recommend it. Sure, it may be unbelievable, but how many films really are believable? Not many....more info
- An action film that knows how to give more than just `action'...
From start to finish, `True Lies' is nothing short of engaging. In fact, it is more than that. It is funny, tense, gripping and even, get this, shockingly tender. Yes, `True Lies' has just about everything you could ask for all rolled up in one nicely constructed package. It is so `complete' that it doesn't even matter that the film is above and beyond ridiculous (that is to say that it makes no sense whatsoever and manages to be very, very unrealistic). It makes up for every flaw with stellar performances, witty dialog, eye-popping visuals and endearing characters.
One great thing about this movie is that, even when the action sequences are beyond unrealistic (the horse chase scene and the jet rescue ending are two of the more over-the-top sequences) they never look fake. This isn't so CGI ridden that the film appears nothing more than a videogame. Thankfully each and ever scene looks as if it is really happening and thus adds to the film a layer of credibility.
It works even if it technically shouldn't.
The film follows a seemingly boring family, the Tasker's, as their world unravels when Harry, the `computer salesman' husband, begins to suspect that his wife Helen is having an affair. He overreacts and thus compromises his own identity (he's a secret spy, duh) when he uses his position to investigate his wife. When a real case he's working crosses the line into his home life he finds that his entire family is thrown in the frying pan and he desperately tries to pull them out.
The entire cast works wonderfully; even Arnold. Well, I guess I should specify that, since there are two Arnold's here. Tom Arnold is hilarious. I really like him as the goofy sidekick (which he plays in EVERY film really, although he stretched himself with major success in 2005's `Happy Endings') and here he delivers each line with the right amount of comedic sarcasm. The other Arnold, Schwartzenegger that is, is also perfect for the role. He even emotes here, which I was shocked to see. He's funny and debonair and moving at times. He's not perfect, that's for sure, but he works far better than I though he would. Bill Paxton has a hilarious supporting role as a used car salesman trying to put the moves on Helen.
Speaking of Helen, Jamie Lee Curtis is above and beyond spectacular here.
Curtis knows how to make this character feel human. She has the right comedic touches to her general being to make her appear naturally out of her element, which adds layers of realism to her giddy nature and even her over-controlled side. She also knows how to add enough heart to her character to make her tenderer and sincere moments feel genuine. Her interrogation scene is a marvelous example of an actress adding so many layers and so many notes that her character becomes so much more than just a `housewife'. She plays the funny, awkward, confused, desperate housewife with a tough-as-nails side to utter perfection.
Director James Cameron is no stranger to special effects and action spectacles and so the action scenes are no real surprise. Whether Arnold is galloping through a hotel on a horse or he's crashing into buildings with a jet or he's smashing dogs together by their heads, he looks in control because Cameron was in complete control. What was shocking to me were the tender moments that Cameron was able to capture. That interrogation room scene as well as Curtis's dance scene are two precise and appropriate sequences that elevate the film and give it a human feeling. He found that humanity in `Titanic' three years later, but even still, what he does here surprised me. When you factor in that he added so many wonderful layers of comedic perfection it makes the complete finished product all the more lovable....more info
- Another Childhood Favorite!!!
When I was little, I used to play the Super Nintendo game, based on this movie, which I still have. Because I enjoyed the game, my parents let me wach the movie. I like it better now because I understand the plot more. Everybody did an awesome job, including Jamie Lee Curtis who does an extremely sexy striptease! Arnold stars as Harry Tasker, a secret agent who is on a mission in Switzerland trying to get information about a terrorist that has stolen warheads. When he is at home, his wife named Helen and rebellious daughter named Dana think he is a boring computer salesman. Harry works for Omega Sector, that try to stop Salim Abu Aziz from setting off bombs in America. To add to Harry's problems, he thinks his wife is having an affair with a guy named Simon who claims to be a spy. When Helen is on a fake assignment, set up by Harry, they are kidnapped by Salim and his men, and later, Harry finds out that Salim even kidnaps his daughter. This is extremely action-packed and I would really like to see a sequel some day! I highly recommend TRUE LIES!!!...more info
- about the movie true lies.......
The story is basically about how the actor and his team of special forces got rid of terrorist whom posses nuclear threat. A good recommendation for those whom are interested in this genre of movie/film.
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- Very entertaining!
This movie has it all--action, humor, romance, intrigue. Tom Arnold is hilarious and Jamie Lee Curtis is superb. A great movie to watch with beer and pizza....more info
- The Arnold's best movie
True Lies is probably Arnold Schwatzenegger's best movie (the other candidate might be Total Recall). The overall story is nothing original, but there are a lot of funny, light-hearted moments and it's an entertaining movie to watch. The Arnold is actually likeable in this film, although the other Arnold (Tom Arnold) is quite annoying. Tia Carrere is gorgeous. There's just a lot of action and comedy in this 1994 production. This is a movie I've watched and will watch again many times....more info
- needs to come out on blu ray already!
this movie is still one of the best produced by cameron and arnold. so much so in fact, that it makes his output post true lies seem really bad in comparison. me and tom arnold are praying for true lies 2....more info
- Over The Top Violence - Comedy!
This movie has everything: Undercover agents, military violence, insane anti-American antagonist, great comic situations, Jamie Lee Curtis doing a sexy dance, family rescue... best of all, Arnold. Who else can deliver true grit fighting and side-splitting humor the way Arnold can? This movie has them both in adequate amounts to keep you riveted. Who dances the Tango better, Jamie Lee or Tia Carrera? This movie is just great fun!!...more info
- best arnold movie ever
Best movie of it's kind,a little humor lot's of action,this picture brings out tom arnold i never knew tom arnold until i saw this movie,arnold is really great with his famous one liners,and jamie lee is of the chain,great body,i will say anyone cnsidering do not consider just buy,this movie is a must own....more info
- James (Cameron) does James (Bond)
I officially love this movie. It's my favourite Arnie film ever, plus it has a very young Eliza Dushku in one of her first starring roles. However, I am disappointed to discover, after getting the region 2 version, that it was cut for UK viewers, in order to make it a 15 certificate, and making it 135 minutes long. I could only spot one scene that had been cut, and that's because it was done so badly. (I can spot stuff that's been added in, but I'm hopeless at spotting stuff that's been taken out, unless I'm looking for it) The scene I spotted was just after Arnie gets given the truth drug.
This movie is full of memorable and infamous scenes, including Jamie Lee Curtis' stripping scene, the beginning scenes, the finale (although heavily CGI-d by the looks of it!), Jamie & Tia Carrere (Juno Skinner) fighting in the limo and put it this way, Men In Black & the Matrix (heavily) ripped this movie off. A lot of this is what you see in the Matrix. Tom Arnold is terrific, especially when he's trying to get to Arnie in the van, and skidding about on the ice! ("It's called ice and it gets a little slick.") OK, you have to see it, but when he sees Dana (Eliza) with a motorbike helmet and says to her: "Yeah, I remember the first time I got shot out of a cannon." Or: "You know what? I'm sick of being in the van. You guys are going to be in the van next time. I've been in the van for 15 years, Harry."
When Arnie rescues wife Jamie Lee Curtis from an airborne chopper, he grasps her by her arm just as the chopper heads out over the water. The woman you see dangling below the chopper skid is no body double, but Curtis doing her very own stunt work. At her insistence, director James Cameron agreed to let her perform this scary spectacle.
I absolutely LOVE how Arnie can laugh at himself, bringing out his infamous lines ("You're fired"), and doing everything but winking at the camera. One of his best moments in this is when he's at the urinal and he starts whistling "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music. He also learned how to land and take off a Harrier Jet for the climax of the film.
The place where Helen meets Simon at night is the 6th street bridge, the location used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day when we are introduced to the T-1000.
Bill Paxton is absolutely hilarious as the used car salesman, who's fantasy world quickly becomes reality. You can't help but laugh at this guy when he comes on screen.
My only quibble about this movie? The finale. Although it's great, yadeyadeyada, it's so very much not real, and way too over the top! The only thing that tries to save it is Eliza Dushku, getting in some practice for Tru Calling.
As one of my favourite Arnie movies, I command you to watch this. It's brilliant!!! And I'm sure there's a few guys out there of a certain age, who discovered the, er, joys of older women while watching it....more info
- great fun and fantastic action. one of arnies best
true lies is the story of a cia agent trying to uncover a terrorist plot and keep his identitie a secret from his wife and daughter. this is a great movie that is tons of fun. arnold schwarzennegger is great at mixing action and humor in his films and this is a prime example of that. james cammeron (the director) is know for his flashy, big budget action sequences and true lies is no different. the action scenes are awesome, my 2 favorites being a bathroom fight and a jet chase along a massive bridge. true lies features some "truely" amazing action, no "lie" (pun intended). another thing that makes true lies great is jamie lee curtis who plays arnold wife. she is incredibly sexy in my oppinion. she looks amazing for her age in a more mature way than most hollywood women now a days. true lies is just great fun from start to finish. its one of arnies best and its better than t2 (also directed by cameron) in my opinion. 5/5 for a true classic. ...more info
I'm actually surprised I didn't really like this movie. I think the bases was good (terrorists with a bomb- I know it's not that original) but I didn't like how most of the movie (almost half!) was about Arnie and his wife and their problems, It was unrelated to the bases of the movie. The 3 things I did like were 3 characters I think were caseted perfectly, Arnold (need I say more,; HES THE MAN DUDE!), his funny sidekick Tom Arnold, and the pervert Bill Paxton. Worth a watch though, just not has good as i thought/or expected from the great duo of Arnold and Cameron....more info
- Top class blockbuster
Arnie is a spy, Jamie Lee Curtis is a housewife. Inside the lies of their marriage are a great many fine stunts and setpieces, with some superb one liners and a lot of first class action.
This is a very entertaining and enjoyable film, like James Bond but with less class. ...more info
- Tell me sweet, little lies ...
This movie is an absolute BLAST!!! Usually I don't care much for action movies, but this one definitely took the taco! The special effects are definitely special, considering this movie was made in 1994. And actually, the whole nuclear arms smuggling/Arab terrorism is a terrible foreshadowing, if you think about it; some of the action toward the end of the movie actually mirrors the events of 9/11.
Anyhow, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold are simply hilarious. Jamie Lee Curtis (as the first Arnold's wife) won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy for her role in this one, and she does not disappoint. She doesn't disappoint in the sex department, either; from what I understand she required NO body doubles. And veteran actor Charlton Heston has an agreeable cameo.
This is surely a crowd-pleasing movie across the board; it has something for everyone. Highly imaginative and well-executed; many notches above the tripe they hand us in the mid-2000s....more info
- Great Entertainment
This is one of the most entertaining action films, and what makes it really appealing (besides special effects), is the interplay between the well developed characters. The casting is first rate. Both Arnolds are terrific, exhibiting humor and special chemistry that often exists between opposite personalities. On a similar level is Tia Carrere. Art Malik skillfully hides his British accent behind the Arabic one. I saw him years ago in some BBC TV production, and that was a memorable, subtle performance. He is excellent here too, although in a different way. Among other roles, my only slight disappointment has been Harry's wife (and perhaps the daughter too: must be genetic). If almost every character in the film is larger than life, Helen Tasker is rather ordinary, and remaines so even after the life transforming experience in the middle of the movie. Such normalcy puts her at odds with the rest of the ensemble. This may not be entirely Curtis' fault, however, but the result of overextended writing, which, in her case, drags the action.
It seems that the creators of this film, in their desire to produce another AS box-office hit, did not expect it to come out so well overall, or they would have tightened the plot and plugged few glaring holes in it. Despite that, the highest recommendation is still in order, at least from me.
- Dance S L O W E R,LOL
I Love the scene when Jamie dances in Bedroom,I laugh Every time I see that part,that to Me is worth buying the Movie......more info
- I loved the Used Car salesman
True Lies DVD
True Lies is a movie about an U. S. spy (played by Arnold Swarzennegger) who tries to keep his true occupation a secret from his wife( played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Franky Curtis, the singer). Anyhow this movie has some hilarious moments, I especially like the used car salesman, who reminds me of an ex-friend.
Highly recommended for fans of Arnold Swarzennegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. I didn't realize she could play a sexy role.
Gunner February, 2008
- One of Arnold's best!
True Lies is my 2nd favorite Arnold movie after Terminator 2. It's such great fun and has great acting! Arnold, Jamie Lee Curits, Tom Arnold, and Bill Paxton are all excellent. The movie has SO MANY memorable action scenes but also has loads of great laughs. The movie is about a spy played by Arnold whose wife thinks that he's a computer salesman. Arnold fights lots of bad guys and even rides on a horse! It's nonstop fun with great action and great laughs. Some of the scenes with Bill Paxton will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.
All I can say is that if you like Arnold movies, this is a definite must own and even if you don't like him but like action movies, this is one of the best ones!...more info
- ALL TIME GREAT FILM
I just want to say that this is one of my favorite films of all time. I say that because even after repeated watching it remains very fresh. I would like to add just one more thing that suddenly struck me when I watched it again last night and that is... the film makers were definitely inspired from the hit TV show of the 80's "Scarecrow and Mrs.King" with Kate Jackson. Films like "True Lies' are indeed rare treats. I can't wait for the great James Cameron's next film 'Avatar'. ...more info
- Plain Fun
I thought this movie was really fun, smart and funny. Arnold is at his best. Tom Arnold is funny as hell as his sidekick and Jamie Lee Curtis is funny and hot. I enjoyed this movie a lot. Some of Arnolds meat head co-actors in the action genre could take a lesson from the king meat head. He knows how to actually be funny. This is something that Stallone can never pull off. I would recommend this movie to anybody it is really good....more info
- This Super Action Movie Delivers Great Entertainment.
This is a classic! Continuous action-adventure with a good measure of comedy. The cast is great, the production does the trick, the story is almost-believable. You can't look away, it is pure fun and entertainment.
- True Lies SPECIAL EDITION! PLEASE!
True Lies needs a special collector's edition for us "diehard" fans. I want to see a retrospective documentary. What does Jamie, Tom, Arnie or even Bill think about being in this odd cult classic? How does James Cameron feel when he looks back on his True Lies experience?
Does anyone know that the idea to make this came from Arnold? Yeah, Arnold and Jim were sitting at breakfast. Cameron asked him what he wanted do next. And Arnold replied that he had just seen a French film, and thought the lead would be a great role for him. Cameron was interested right away, because this was the first time Arnie wanted to do a picture because of the character. Arnold also didn't like the idea of Jamie being his leading lady at first. Thank God Cameron eventually convinced him otherwise.
This is a great, fun classic film in the same league as oh, say, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It deserves a special edition with retrospective interviews and such. Not to say that some other Cameron film releases - certain ones about giant boats doesn't need a retrospective documentary. I mean, what the heck, they give us millions of documentaries for T2, but not for True Lies or Titanic??...more info
- Action and humour in great doses
Schwrzenegger laughs at Schwarzenegger (and Jamie Lee Curtis laughs at Rambo). It is surprising when you look at the paralelism with this movie and "Demolition Man". Stallone laughs at Stallone and Sandra Bullock laughs at Schwarzenegger. I'm refering to two scenes of both pictures: in the first, Jamie Lee Curtis says she is married to Rambo and in the second Sandra Bullock tells Spartan Arnold is the President of the United States.
Besides this, the film is a acidous criticism of all action movies. How can you do this? By abusing of action scenes. The summum is when Helen (J.L. Curtis) throws a gun down the stairs and it begins to roll and shoot killing more than 20. It is deliciously ridiculous!
More than the plot, which is really enjoyable, the gags are in every part of the film but one of the best is the scene in which Harry (A. Schwarzenegger) dances with Helen. Sorry, he doesn't dance: he intends to move his body in a way he almost follows the rhythm of music.
Arnold and Jamie make a good acting part. Not considering Schwarzenegger an actor, in this movie he makes his best performance ever, which reminds me at "Kindergarten Cop". Personally it is more enjoyable to watch him in comedy films ("Twins", "Junior"), than in pure action films ("Predator", "Terminator"). But in this one you get the best of both.
It is a good way to spend the afternoon. Go for it. ...more info
- Schwarzennegger's last good movie
To some people Arnold's career came to a flaming crash with "The Last Action Hero," which while not quite as bad as it's reputation is, was still a pretty lousy movie. However, to someone who had the aura of never making a mistake it was shattering. "True Lies" was a near return to form, bringing back all of Arnold's humor, action, and a few good one liners. However, the writing was already on the wall, for the humor supplants the seriousness of the action, and Arnold's good guy mystique starts to wear thin. Taken by itself "True Lies" is a decent movie with enough going on to keep the viewer's interest, and a pretty wild final action sequence. Sadly it seems as if this was the last gasp of a spectacular career....more info