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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 them.
After making a stunning breakthrough with The Terminator, further expanding the immensely captivating universe of a timeless classic with Aliens, beautifully exploring the deep secrets of the ocean with The Abyss and completely redefining action & setting a new benchmark for sequels in cinema with Terminator 2: Judgment Day, visionary filmmaker James Cameron brings his sweeping cinematic vision to an action comedy this time & does a splendid job yet again.
A loose remake of the 1991 French comedy, La Totale!, the story of True Lies follows Harry Tasker; a secret agent who performs covert operations for the US government but pretends to be a computer salesman to his family. When his latest trail reveals intel about a terrorist group in possession…
"DA BRIDGE IS AAUUUT!"
the best (and the most) American action film of the last 20 or so years.
mushroom cloud kiss is *the* image of Cameron's career.
I've seen this at least five or six times and I fall in love with Jamie Lee Curtis all over again every time. The way she wets her hair with the water from the flowers. The way she strips for Arnold while he sits in the dark. Oh yeah, the rest of the film is pretty good, too, but it's that damn hotel room scene .... whew!
In fact, I was in Taipei several years ago and met a certain lady who came back to my own hotel room. The movie happened to be on the pay-per-view channel and after we watched it, I asked her if she was up for a little role play. The way she reenacted that scene ... whoa! Unforgettable.
Okay, so now everyone in the world knows why I rate this movie so highly. So sue me. But really ... it's a great film!!!
Loads of fun! Tom Arnold was absolutely perfect. Bill Paxton was awesome. Looking for the perfect popcorn afternoon flick? Look no further. Did I say it was loads of fun? Enjoy! Highly recommended!
You can't deny that James Cameron's True Lies is an entertaining slice of nineties nostalgia for fans of excess and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It has the pre-9/11 Hollywood version of an Islamic terrorist and action galore, as well as Jamie Lee Curtis gyrating in her undercrackers. It's ludicrously outrageous, racist, sexist, and at the time the most expensive film ever made. It had violence, laughs, and devastation even Roland Emmerich would have been proud of. Cameron's penchant for special effects came in handy too as this has some rather impressive set pieces that set the standard for the time. This must have been pretty good, as even Tom Arnold isn't as much of a knob as he usually is.
James Cameron reached the zenith of his career with True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger's masterpiece about romance and espionage. Packed with wit and enough action to match, True Lies presents a more intelligent side of James Cameron that hadn't been seen in many other films (and none of his films to follow). There is a sense of order and dignity in the plot that still allows some room for creative chaos (i.e., Jaime Lee Curtis).
The maverick mix of action and comedy prevalent in True Lies makes for a fantastic experience, but it's also the impressive star-studded cast that gives this film its best merits. Not only are the Governator and Curtis delightful, but there's also the likes of Tom Arnold,…
It's a bit too long and the comedic elements are - at times - just plain mean-spirited and cruel, but all in all it's a great action film.
1. "Yeah but they were all bad."
2. Always bet on Cameron...this guy is incapable of making a bad movie.
This is a James Cameron/Schwarzenegger gem that seems to be hidden, I don't hear it brought up as much as it should be, since it delivers special effects and fun on a sensational level.
Arnold is in one of his most charming performances, Charlton Heston plays a great Nick Fury/aging spy, and Jamie Lee Curtis delivers as the bored housewife thrown into extraordinary circumstances.
Sure it stands on the shoulders of James Bond (how can you not in the spy movie genre?) but it builds on that with humor and action sequences that surpass many Bond films.
I'll say this about James Cameron, the guy can direct movies like a motherfucker.
If only he'd just stop writing them.
True Lies is silly, and it is fun. It is an action spoof with actual great action scenes. James Cameron is a weird Hollywood Filmmaker because his talent is evident, but his films as a whole don't always work for me. Try is actually True Lies does--it is a film that knows its limitations, and Cameron's usually clunky dialogue fits well in spoof mode more than the usual mode we see him work within in his more serious science fiction and action films.
The chemistry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis have actual chemistry, albeit silly chemistry, and throughout, I'm reminded that Cameron works with Schwarzenegger better than any other director because he doesn't push the action star too…
"We're cool, we're badasses, blah, blah, blah, blah."
While the opening scene felt as if 14 year old Bond-loving James Cameron wrote it, 'True Lies' is an excellent example of how to write and shoot a film with stellar pacing. From the horse + motorcycle chase through a building to Curtis' sexy striptease, Cameron creates a world that clearly inspired directors like Michael Bay and asserts itself as one of the action highlights of the 1990s.
Later parodying this film with 'The Last Action Hero', Schwarzenegger plays a Rambo with a Clark Kent-esque persona, set in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Most of all, I was surprised to see Charlton Heston making a cameo as the Omega Sector Leader (channeling Snake Plissken) as well as Bill Paxton playing a sleazy and cheesy car salesman. With some good action sequences and solid one-liners, I enjoyed 'True Lies' even though I wasn't a fan of the final stand off and the antagonist.
Frankly a way better movie than I could have anticipated, mostly because I went in not realizing it was a satire. The biggest surprise being that Tom Arnold is not insufferable.
STILL a classic. Nuff said.
Hilariously sexist at one point in the movie, but it's balanced by the silly, tongue in cheek situation in which the offense occurs, enough so that it manages to sit firmly in between good fun and harm. Jamie Lee Curtis is brilliant in her role, clearly having a lot of fun with it and despite the afore mentioned misogyny involved in the set up, her sensual dancing scene manipulated by her psychopathic secret agent husband is admittedly very sexy and even somewhat iconic.
The action is superbly entertaining, packed full of great visual effects and unabashedly over the top set pieces and Schwarzenneger is on form to deliver it as the hero. Unadulterated, typically nineties action fun.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!