DI Collateral Damage (1)
2002 Running time: 109 Certificate: 15 Not yet rated
KA Collateral Damage

Synopsis

When LA firefighter Arnold Schwarzenegger loses his family in a terrorist attack, he heads off to the Colombian jungle to hunt down the scumbag responsible. Naturally, his approach is as subtle as a grenade in a greenhouse. Due for release in late 2001, this gung-ho actioner was unsurprisingly delayed in the aftermath of 9/11, but you should feel okay to watch it now... from a safe distance.

Director

  • Andrew Davis

Cast

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • John Turturro

  • Cliff Curtis

  • Francesca Neri

  • John Leguizamo

  • Elias Koteas

Review

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays LA fireman Gordy Brewer, a devoted family man who sees his wife and son killed in a terrorist bomb attack on the Colombian consulate in Los Angeles.

When he realises that justice is not going to be done, and the White House intends to try to broker peace with the rebels, he takes matters into his own hands.

So our hero turns up in the Colombian jungle determined to track down El Lobo - the Wolf (Cliff Curtis) - the man responsible for the lethal atrocity.

Gordy realises he stands out a bit from the crowd. He can barely speak English, let alone Spanish, so he hatches a fiendish camouflage plan - he wears a straw hat.

Even the simple-minded peasant folk of Colombia aren't fooled by this for long, and Arnie is soon dodging bullets as a price is put on his head by the evil El Lobo.

Just to make things interesting (or more unlikely), Arnie's being shadowed by renegade CIA agent Brandt (Elias Koteas) who is waging his own private war.

Pretty soon, it all comes to a head with Arnie in the time-honoured race against time - and a little bit of love interest from Francesca Neri thrown in, just to complicate things.

The basic premise of this movie is about as likely as Fireman Sam being choppered into Afghanistan to track down Osama Bin Laden.

But there's a lot of fun to be had in this harmless hokum from an actor whose avenues of opportunity increasingly appear to be closed off.

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