How talented is James Cameron? Lets put it this way. He made a movie where Tom Arnold has major screen time and is entertaining to watch. That takes talent. I don't hate Tom Arnold like other people but Cameron made him entertaining.
True Lies is often looked at as Cameron's worst film for it's none too political tones in making the Arabs filthy stinking irredeemable villians, it's misogynistic treatment of Jamie Lee Curtis and even Tia Carrere and it's long padded out scenes topped off with ridiculous action scenes. True Lies does have it's points and even though I dare say it's a better thought out movie then some of Arnold's other films like Commando, it's not nearly as entertaining. I've said before and I'll say again that I can overlook a bad movie as long as it's entertaining and how entertaining it is. True Lies isn't that entertaining and isn't anything that special.
Arnold is in this movie and he plays a super secret spy. His family thinks hes some dorky computer salesman (I'd love to hear Arnold years later pronounce Pentium Processor or tell a customer with a straight face why Windows 98 will be good) but thats only a cover as Arnold is on the case of Middle Eastern arms dealers and smugglers. Meanwhile, his wife is unhappy feeling neglected and tries to have an adventure of her own with some wanna be smooth talker. Arnold catches her while he's undercover and gives her a spy mission of her own, to dance sexy in front of a stranger who is actually Arnold so she can plant a bug. The two end up being captured by the Terrorists and work through they're marital issues as well as the more pressing captivity ones to save the United States.
The movie has plenty of action with Arnold chasing bad guys via horseback and later in a Harrier Jet in a busy city full of skyscrapers. As ridiculous as some of that is, it is fun to watch. Jamie Lee Curtis getting her hand on an uzi, dropping down a flight of stairs like a slinky and having it go off to take out bad guys is fun but dumb, but more in tune for something that I'd see Jill St. John do from Diamonds are Forever. The long drama scenes are at least a little dramatic and done well enough that we aren't completely bored. Some of it though it padding though and this movie is long enough. I guess it's working on that principle I talked about in Eraser, Arnies next big action movie after this in that the padded out drama makes the action all that much better and that is the case with a lot of movies. Other then the horse and jet scenes though, the action is, just a lot of shooting though. Nothing not seen already
A sequel to this movie was planned but never came out. James Cameron went on to make billions with a movie about a big boat that everyone knew sunk about 90 years ago and then we had the World Trade Center attacks- and a movie where Arnie blows away more Arab terrorists wouldn't sit well even though when THIS movie came out, it was only a year after an attempt was made by real life Arab terrorists to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. Undeterred, Cameron spent a little over a decade making a movie with thinly disguised political and social messages and bad caricatures on a planet with big blue furrys. Looking at this movie and then Avatar, maybe Cameron started slipping sooner then we thought. Then again....he made Tom Arnold entertaining.
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