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A 1994 action film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Scwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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The best movie in the world, no really!

  • Oct 10, 2010

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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October 21, 2010
Hey, John, maybe you should make a list or poll of your top action stars?
October 21, 2010
I could do that. Good idea.
October 11, 2010
I liked the part when the used car salesman, with whom Jaimie Lee Curtis was attempting to cheat on her husband (Arnold) with, was pretending to be an undercover agent while Jaimie's husband was really the spy prretending to be a salesman. I so enjoy irony and farce.
October 11, 2010
Never looked at that dichotomy before. Thats a good point.
October 11, 2010
This was a fun one but I think you are dead on. I need to watch this again, it has been years.
October 11, 2010
It wouldn't hurt for me to see it again too. I haven't seen this in a while but I remember liking it when it was new and seeing it many times.
More True Lies reviews
review by . March 18, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Next to The Terminator, probably Arnold's best action flick! Arnold is a "meek" businessman with a quiet family, who is secretly one of the top CIA agents around. This is a fun movie all around with a super evil main villian, a gorgeous villianess (Tia Carrera), a funny and likeable sidekick (Tom Arnold steals the movie) and the quiet housewife (Jaime Lee Curtis) who craves a life with more "excitement."Many memorable scenes and super action. The movie succeeds well when it tries to be funny. There …
review by . June 16, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
True Lies is a great movie, though it has its problems. The main one being Arny's trick to his wife to test her trust. Besides that True Lies has some terrific action and set the bar during its time. A good one to test the system on.
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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