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Eraser

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'90s Schwarzenegger action movie is extremely violent.

Movie R 1996 115 minutes
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This '90s action movie is enjoyable for its own sake, provided you don't think too much about the absurd plot twists and corny dialogue. The explosions and gunfire are loud and seemingly endless, and for almost every death, either Schwarzenegger or James Caan gets to make an ironically wry one-liner about the method in which the person died. On top of that, the story is beyond predictable -- it doesn't take a genius to figure out who the mole is, and the audience should be able to guess the next line of dialogue at least once -- and on top of that, the Italian American mafia characters are unbelievably trite.

And yet, Eraser can be entertaining. There are some moments of original and exciting action -- Schwarzenegger dodging an oncoming jet plane while trying to parachute to safety comes to mind. And unlike so many other action movies in which the female lead is basically helpless but good looking, Vanessa Williams' character gets the opportunity to kick some butt without anyone's assistance. It's a movie that neither surpasses nor falls short of expectations. Eraser is not a "deep thinker." Instead, it's a fun action movie from the bombastic '90s, from the lesser works of Sir Arnold.

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