Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
When he said I do, he never said what he did.
Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by the terrorists.
"DA BRIDGE IS AAUUUT!"
the best (and the most) American action film of the last 20 years.
mushroom cloud kiss is *the* image of Cameron's career.
Anyone with any desire to make an action film should be made to watch this first.
This is proof that sometimes, throwing everything at the camera can create a visual extravaganza.
True Lies is nearly 20 YEARS OLD, and the action set pieces still stand up to anything that I have seen since. Like THAT scene on the bridge. Unbelievable.
Shwarzenegger is brilliant in this. This is must be his 3RD best film.
"Can you hurry up? My horse is getting tired."
This isn't much other than a middle finger to the espionage and spy genres and a kick in the balls to James Bond but with James Cameron behind the camera it's A-grade blockbuster entertainment. Here, Cameron is simply showing off and putting his feet up, and it is worth every second 'cause he does it so fucking well. After 18 years, True Lies has aged perfectly - the action may require a massive suspension of belief but it is hardly surpassed in spectacle. Only Cameron could orchestrate a chase between an Arab on a motorcycle and Schwarzenegger on a horse, and make it positively coherent. But, that's the tip of the…
"First I'm going to use you as a human shield. Then I'm going to kill this guard over here with the Patterson trocar on the table. And then I was thinking about breaking your neck. "
Well, it's not bad. Not the action classic some people had told me it was, but not particularly bad by any sense. The action is, as you'd expect, brilliant with any scene with that Harrier passing over into sheer awesomeness, we get a lot of great lines and quips, and Bill Paxton as usual manages to be one of the best things about the film.
However, the whole middle part of the film I found slightly, I dunno, disturbing? You know the bit, when…
Back in 1994, $120m was considered A LOT of money.
I mean, fuck, to me $100 is considered a lot of money, but as of now the above sum is around average for a high end blockbuster budget, the bigger buggers sometimes knocking on the door of or north of $200m.
If it were made today and given the adjusted figure by its finances, True Lies would be budgeted at around $250m... and that's a truckload more green than most are willing to cough up. Heck, director of both's James Cameron's Titanic scored nearly $2b (now over that amount thanks to a massive 3D re-release) and even HE had bother getting the $200m plus for Avatar.
Thing is, back in…
Anyone with any desire to make an action film should be made to watch this first. This is proof that throwing everything at the camera sometimes works.
This is nearly 20 YEARS OLD and the action set pieces still stand up to anything that I have seen since since.Like THE BRIDGE scene. Unbelievable.
Shwarzenegger is brilliant in this. This is probably his 3RD best film.
Incredibly rare for me to re-watch a piece of Hollywood big-budget entertainment from the '90s and like it more now. Back then I was a sucker for mainstream action, and everything from DIE HARD to LETHAL WEAPON 2 to SPEED to FACE/OFF would get my ass into a seat pronto, ready to quote its dialogue for the next two months.
TRUE LIES, for some reason, happened to disappear for me. I saw it once in the theater, *possibly* a second time on video a year or two later, and that's it -- and I never really cared to think about it anymore. I've thought it strange that unlike the other films in Cameron's career, this one never ever pops up…
I won't denounce the Jimmy Cams script for ‘True Lies’ because it's clearly an honest love letter to the genre, but it's also an embarrassing look into his perception of marriage/fidelity/gender roles. The thing to admire is the line it walks between irony and sincerity – that's no easy feat, and it's not a film that could exist today; that territory has been obliterated on all sides by your ‘21 Jump Street’s and your ‘Snakes On A Plane’s and your ‘Escape Plan’s.
I think I'll take John McTiernan's ‘Last Action Hero’ if I'm looking for meta-Schwartzennegger, but this is the cleaner, more classically satisfying of the two.
Also: the jagged glass of the Herrier's broken cockpit at the end always stresses me out. Eliza Dukshu sits right on that shit and it doesn't seem to matter.
Super misogynistic, but undeniably fun. I've always had a soft spot for this kind of forgotten James Cameron blockbuster.
Arnold tries to jump from one building to another, on a horse. He then argues with the horse. Need I say more?
I think the action is this one is quite engaging.
Certainly not one of Cameron’s best films but it is definitely his funniest. The situational humor is the main attraction of this film and it's stars elevate the material and make for a solid action/comedy, who knew Arnold could be funny. The action does seem to take a back seat to the humor, which is fine with me, but it starts to rely on the action scenes towards the end of the film, which isn't half as amusing as the charade at the center of the film.
An extravagant and outlandish production, this is merely Cameron trying to crank one out for his new special effects company. Admirably, it's not just a clothesline plot to hang explosions, effects and shootouts on, though the second act's overcomplication and cruelty contrives and sidetracks an already bombastically overwrought epic. Still, it's two and a half hours of myriad creative scenes interlacing broad humor with cartoonish mayhem, something in movies that always tickles my fancy.
True Lies is pretty much Johnny English if it wasn't a mediocre comedy, had more talented people involved and had Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role instead of Rowan Atkinson. My problem with True Lies however is that the film is really too long. James Cameron takes something that should've been 90 to 100 minutes long and stretches it so far (140 minutes) that it isn't all that much fun anymore. Don't get me wrong, True Lies has its fun moments, but the film really is too long for its own good. The thing that mostly caused this problem is the subplot involving Jamie Lee Curtis' character, which was focused on so much and got so much screentime that I…
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