Channel surfing with OnDemand one day I came across a Schwarzenegger movie I hadn't seen, Raw Deal. I heard of it, never saw it and never heard anything good about it. Man, there is a reason why some movies stay obscure even when one of the most famous men on the planet is in them.
Arnie is a small town Sheriff who got run out of the big city by the mob and his old FBI boss wants Arnie to go undercover in the Mafia and ruin it from the inside. The first thing I thought of while watching was License to Kill where James Bond gets on the villians good side and gambles in his casinos, whoos the villains girlfriend and ultimately brings everything down from the inside. For what is seen as one of the weaker Bond movies by many, it's a superior movie to this Arnold movie in almost everyway, say for Arnie over Timothy Dalton, but at least Tim didn't look out of place watching and commenting on the casino games, smoking a cigar and acting debonair. Arnold isn't debonair, he shoots guns, spits out one liners and destroys everything in sight. He does do that at the end of this movie in a scene thats meant to emulate the far superior Commando where it's 60 to 1 against Arnie and Arnie wins, even when standing in the wide open.
I was bored by this, it wasn't anything Arnold hadn't done better before and while Arnold's movies are: corny, silly, stretching belief, they shouldn't be dull. At least his action movies. Even his later and less popular movies like Last Action Hero and Collateral Damage had their moments.
This movie had the no hype for me since I never heard anything great about it. It's a mundane Arnold movie that doesn't have quite the action it should save for a decent car chase into a construction yard and it was all seen before in again other, better movies. I saw the trailer for this and you better believe that this is hyped up. This was two years after The Terminator and a year following Commando no way did they NOT try to hype this.
For an Arnold movie, it's a little obscure but it's not to say that it wasn't big when it came out. Sandwiched in between Terminator, Commando and later Predator, no way did this movie stand a chance when up against those other movies.
I'm scoring this a -1. It's not a BAD movie but as I watched with Arnold getting his lines in, Arnold shooting bad guys and not getting shot and Arnold hamming it up, I realized I could be watching Arnold do this in Commando or something else he's done. Why am I watching this inferior movie? Maybe to remind me of why the good stuff is good, so that when I go back to Commando and watch him fist fight with Bill Duke and Vernon Wells, I can say "damn this is awesome!"
The best way to reccomend this movie is to an 80's action film fan. It's not BAD, I must reiterate that but it's best watched as your first Arnold movie before you see his other, better movies.
You might have noted that I keep calling Arnold's character, well Arnold in this review, thats because in almost all of his movies, Arnold is a larger then life guy who you could say is being himself, its how some people make that distinction between a movie actor or the movie star with Arnold being the star, you watch them on screen being themselves. Arnold on screen in this movie is supposed to act like someone else and being a spy and trying to blend into his surroundings like a big wheeler and dealer which he does a couple of times here doesn't work cause I have a hard time believeing that Arnold is anyone else but a scene chewing man of action and gusto. A different star would have been the best thing here to make this character work better. It's kinda why Arnolds The 6th Day movie got a pan, it's cause Arnold is trying to be an all around normal guy and it's the last thing we think of when he's on screen. Maybe he can leap off the screen and get in a better movie.
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