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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Violence & Scariness
Extreme peril and violence, many characters killed, graphic torture scene. Extreme peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild for an R-rated movie.
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Some strong language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie is very violent, with extreme peril. Many characters are killed, including a child. A character is killed by having a poisonous snake forced down his throat. A character's ear is bitten off and spit out. The movie has strong language, and references to drug trade. The jitters of a character who appears to have had an overdose of cocaine are supposed to be funny. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie is too close to reality to be able to enjoy it as pure entertainment and too far from reality to be able to get any feeling of satisfaction from it. The original release of COLLATERAL DAMAGE was delayed following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It may still be too soon -- in fact, it may never be possible to be as casual about fictional terrorism again.
It is very formulaic. Gordy is told of the insurmountable obstacles. He surmounts them. Viewers see how bad a guy the bad guy really is. Gordy is very clever and utterly unstoppable. The movie tries to make a connection between Gordon and The Wolf. Both are formerly gentle and loving men who became killers after losing children. The Wolf even asks Gordon how they are different. Gordon replies, "Because I am just going to kill you." The best parts of the movie are the brief appearances by John Turturro as a Canadian mechanic and John Leguizamo as a charming cocaine producer. The decision not to allow Gordon to carry a weapon provides for some moments of creativity in the plot. But Arnold is getting too old for this kind of thing, and, given our recent experiences, audiences may feel that they are, too.
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