Plot: What’s it about?
Harry Tasker (Arnold) is a one man wrecking crew for the United States Government. He destroys entire cities, rebel groups, and anything else in his way with little trouble. He is an ace with any weapon and knows the subtleties of the secret agent business. But…his wife doesn’t know about this. She thinks he is a mundane computer salesman. And to be honest, she’s starting to get bored, even looking elsewhere for attention. She wishes her husband was exciting, like a used-car salesman/”secret agent” played brilliantly by Bill Paxton. Her wish comes true, and she gets more action/adventure thrills than she could ever dream of!
This movie is THE action/adventure movie. It has it all, explosions, shooting, fighting, close calls, and smart-ass catch-phrases. The action is unparalleled in any other movie, and it is non-stop edge of your seat excitement. No, I don’t work for Fox, it’s the truth. True Lies is a must have for any action fan or anyone who enjoys well-done effects and spectacles. The story is actually very good too, with only stereotypical action genre conventions hampering the story. But that’s the thing, these things don’t hamper the movie, because Harry is the kind of guy who knows how to make anything happen, it’s totally believable. There is a scene involving truth serum that is sweet as apple pie. If you like apple pie that is.
I don’t think very many people have not seen this movie, but if you haven’t, go for it. It’s a fun ride, and worth the 141 minutes. For thos of you who have seen it, you already know what it offers. Don’t let the idea of a mind-less gunplay fest turn you away. This movie is packed with much more than that. Guys, you know what I mean, that Jamie Lee Curtis dancing scene is worth the DVD alone. This movie appeals to a much broader base than other Arnold action fare, such as Commando or Predator. This is a smarter movie, not Einstein, but enjoyably clever. It pokes a bit of fun at the genre, but still upholds the mainstays of action movies. One final quote “Would a spy piss himself?”-Bill Paxton as the used car sales man. Don’t hesitate, get this one now!
Video: How does it look?
THX mastered, and a fantastic print. I hated the VHS tape for it’s bad grain, even after only a few viewings. The colors are right on, and artifacts are non-existent. This got a great visual treatment from Fox.
Audio: How does it sound?
Superb, with THX mastering, and a great mix between effects, music, and dialogue. The effects are crystal clear, and this movie relies heavily on audio, with all the gunshots, foot-steps, and whisperings.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Just a trailer. A Special Edition would have been very nice, but hey, maybe someday. At least a making of, or look at some of the bigger effect sequences would have spruced it up a bit. But this is a movie worth the price on it’s own merit.