“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1994 / Director: James Cameron / Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis ... / DVD released 08 September, 2003 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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For an Arnie film where he actually spends time speaking other than as a robot in the Terminator, this is actually a really good action film, even if it does have some standard Arnie over the top action moments. It has to be said this this does benefit from being a James Cameron film, and has s fast paced and witty script with some first rate action scenes.
Harry Tasker (Arnie) is a super spy who leads a very dangerous life as a man who performs covert missions for a secret government operations unit called The Omega Sector, run by one eyed Spencer Trilby (Charlton Heston). He has help from his two sidekicks Albert Gibson (scene stealing Tom Arnold) and Faisel.
But Harry leads a double life. He has a wife and a daughter, and cant' tell them what he really does because of their safety. So his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and his daughter Dana are led to believe that he is a boring computer salesman. The think that The Omega Sector is a computer company.
Following a mission in Switzerland, Harry returns and goes home. The next day he decides to surprise his wife at work. However, he overhears her talking to a man. She then leaves and he follows her, discovering her with a man called Simon (Bill Paxton). He is now convinced she is having an affair, and sets out to stop her affair and get back at Simon.
As he does, he finds out that Simon is nothing but a salesman that is pretending to be a spy (the reverse of Harry). He realizes that she is not having an affair, but that she does feel bored and neglected. He secretly sets her a task to do, now pretending that she is working as a spy.
He secretly meets her at a hotel, and she thinks that she is on a mission. However, it all goes wrong when terrorists burst into the room and kidnap them both. Helen suddenly realizes that the man who has been sitting in the darkness is her husband, and says to him that he's in danger and she is the spy. At the same time, he tells the terrorists to let her go, and that he is the spy.
Now Helen knows he's a spy, and while Harry tries to explain everything to her, he must also deal with a terrorist threat from a terrorist known as Salim (Art Malik), who has a dastardly plan, leading to a massively over the top climax with plenty of action and cliché.
This is actually a really good film. Its not the best, but it does have Arnie in his usual 'destroy the enemy' role, it has Jamie Lee Curtis in a career best as his wife Helen and has superb support rom Tom Arnold, Charlton Heston and Art Malik.
The action makes this film, as you would expect from James Cameron. The script is full of one-liners and jokes, and moves at a very fast pace throughout. There is always something going on at any one time, and though the action is so blatantly over the top, it's always a huge amount of fun
Cracking, fast paced entertainment from James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger once again.
True Lies is fantastic action adventure movie starring Arnold Schwarzengegger. For me, this is one of the best films he's starred in and is pretty original. The action is non stop from start to finish with not much let up and is mixed in with some great humour as well.
Harry Tasker played by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a secret agent working for the CIA who masquerades and poses as an ordinary computer salesman as a cover for his dangerous espionage work. He has been doing this job for years but even his wife Helen played by Jamie Lee Curtis who has been with him for fifteen years does not know that he is not who he says he is. She believes that he goes to work, does a mundane 9 to 5 computer job and then comes home and that's what he wants her to believe.
The movie opens with Harry's CIA team leading a covert operation to penetrate an exclusive villa in Switzerland during a society party for the rich and famous. They are there to steal secrets. The way he enters and exits the villa are very James Bond 007 style and action packed. It's well worth watching and will have you on the edge of your seat. I know I was. After this initial scene Harry's characters is established and his double life revealed. However, it's not long before his two lives become complicated and conflicts appear.
The problems begin when Harry's bored wife starts an affair with a guy she has met. It's fairly innocent, but he entices her in with promises of excitement, pretending to be a secret agent, however he of course is not. Harry finds out about this affair and the secret rendezvous and decides to use his CIA resources to find out what is happening. He brings in some help, illegally of course to scare of his wife's mystery man. The way he does it is hilarious and shows that this movie has alot of laughs as well.
While all this is going which at the start seems like a sideplot, the real storyline begins to unfold. Terrorists have obtained four nuclear warheads from the former Soviet Union. Now Harry has a real problem. He must attempt to save the world from this imminent threat, but at the same time win his wife back and her respect. How can he acheive this. Let's just say that everything becomes entwined and eventually his wife will surely learn the truth about what he does! This all makes for a great couple of hours of fun, excitement and action adventure.
The movie is directed by James Cameron who also worked with Arnie in Terminator and Terminator 2. He brings all that experience with action pictures to this thrill a minute ride. The great thing is that you can't get bored during this as the action unfolds. He provides the perfect balance between fast high speed action and humour and makes it work fantastically well. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis are very good and also very believable as husband and wife. For me, this is one of his better performances and shows he does possess a bit of versatility as an actor. He is a very credible 007 type character wth tuxedo to boot.
For me personally this movie is a must see and if you like James Bond films you will love this. Action and humour and fast paced scenes. What more do you want...?!
After a spate of god-awful 'action-comedies' (Twins, Last Action Hero, Junior, Jingle All The Way) Arnie made an impressive comeback in 1994 with True Lies, a James Cameron (Aliens, Terminator 2)-directed film in which he plays Harry Tasker,a super-cool American spy whose dangerous and glamourous secret professional life contrasts jarringly with his mundane domestic life with his bored and repressed wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) and their wayward and rebellious teenage daughter.
The film is still comedy-heavy, but at its heart it is an old-school 80s style action flick, full of tense, over the top gunbattles and insane action set-pieces, such as a horse vs motorbike chase between Harry and a terrorist through parkland, buildings and across skyscraper roofs, as well as a low-level fight harrier jet battle and a good old-fashioned nuclear explosion countdown.
The film gets the mix between comedy and action just right, excelling in both. To begin with the film is focussed on the the tense relationship between harry and his wife, who cheats on him because she ironically believes him to be so incredibly boring, with Bill Paxton (Hicks from Aliens) playing a sleazy car-salesman lothario who ironically seduces her by pretending to be a spy himself. Later she becomes involved in assisting her husband in foling a terrorist plot to blow up a nuke in an American city as part of a husband and wife spy team, her incompetence provinding much amusement, such as when she drops a Mac.10 submachinegun down a flight of stairs yet somehow still manages to take out a dozen or so gun-wielding terrorists in the process.
You can tell that True Lies is by the same director as Terminator 2, and as in that film the combination of director and star works extremely well. Funny, engaging and full of over the top action that manages to stretch credibility to breaking point without going too far (and thus becoming boring), True Lies is an excellent action film and Arnie's best in a long time.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
James Cameron is famous for his brilliant films The Terminator, Terminator 2 and Aliens, and whilst True Lies isn't one of his best films, it's still a riotous bit of fun thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger's self-aware performance in the lead role, and some cracking action scenes and (for the time) impressive visual effects that still stand up well today.
Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) leads a devious double life - he is a doting family man to his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and his daughter Dana (Eliza Dushku), but he's also a secret agent with his buddy Albert "Gib" Gibson (Tom Arnold). He's presently trying to diffuse a terrorist threat helmed by Salim Abu Aziz (Art Malik) who claims that he will launch a nuclear strike on a new American city each week until his absurd demands are met. It's up to Harry to take the man down whilst keeping his family life in check and not letting on that he's a spy, but that's going to be harder than he expects, especially when he suspects that Helen is having an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), an overzealous and sleazy car salesman.
This is a rather charming film thanks to some great action direction by James Cameron as usual. Also, Schwarzenegger is very knowing in the lead role, and delivers the hilarious one-liners with a lot of wit and panache. Perhaps the highlight performance-wise, though, is Curtis as Tasker's wife - she won a Golden Globe for her performance which is hilarious and very well spirited considering how Cameron really puts her through the ringer here.
A great action film that is action-packed, funny and ultimately carried on the large shoulders of Arnie. Some great (and over-the-top) set pieces throughout.
I own True Lies on dvd along with most of Schwarzenegger's other films, I say most because there are some that he's done - mostly right at the beginning of his career - which are absolutely terrible and just not worth owning. Schwarzenegger's acting improved through his career and by the time he made True Lies he wasn't bad as actors go I think.
I recently re-watched this film with my husband as something we'd not seen in a while and we both enjoyed it. It's fairly action packed from beginning to end as you might expect with a Schwarzenegger film, and like many of his later films it isn't so serious that you cringe. I think as he learnt to relax he became a much better actor and the films improved a lot for a touch of comedy.
True Lies is simply an action film, but the story line is rather nicely thought out - take a family who seem quite normal - The Taskers, and then make it so that the husband (Arnie) is actually a spy! Everything his wife thinks she knew about him turns out to not be completely true. Then take the fact that she's a little bored, and add into the mix a car salesman who's out for a bit of rumpy pumpy and has a novel way of getting it - he pretends to be a spy! The concept is really nice, and the storyline progressed in such a way that it made sense, there was none of this making a huge leap of faith in there, it was cleverly done.
Jamie Lee Curtis plays Tasker's wife in the film and she's such a good actress that she brings along a whole extra level to the acting in this. There's one scene in particular which I love, where she's pretending to be a hooker (don't ask, it does make sense when you're watching it, I promise!), and she rips off bits of her dress & slicks back her hair with water from a vase of flowers to make herself look sexier, don's bright red lippy (well we all carry that in our bags don't we girls!), and does a sexy pout, then walks towards the door and trips. Curtis carries it all off so well that you really believe her character and she leaves you smiling at her sincere ineptitude and worry at getting it right.
I also really liked the idea of Tasker wanting to make life more interesting for his wife by giving her a little spy experience all of her own, and the idea of it all going wrong and her insistance at one point that it's her that they want not him, and then her confusion as she learns he's a spy is great.
Bearing in mind that this film was released 15 years ago, it does still manage to hold it's own I think. It's not up there with things like Mr and Mrs Smith which takes the idea of being a spy and hiding it from your husband/wife to a completely different level, nor can it compete with things like the Bourne films but it's pretty good, and there's enough explosions and action scenes to make it worth giving a look if you like action and haven't seen it. There's also enough comedy in it to rescue it from being a pure action film which just wouldn't work as it would seem to over the top if it had been played that way.
A classic Arnie film.
True Lies is a 1994 film featuring Arnold Schwarzaneggar and Jamie Lee Curtis. It is directed by James Cameron of Titanic fame.
Arnie plays Harry Tasker, a boring IT salesman to those closest to him but his real job is for national security hunting down terrorists. THe role is sort of that of James Bond. He plays the suave, sophistacated guy who can sweep in, get the secret informaiton he needs, converse is several difficult languages, seduce the girl and get this all done beofre the building blows up and the bad guys are after him!
His wife, Helen (Curtis) is unaware of his secret. She is a bit dowdy, a somewhat bored housewife who is looking for a bit of an adventure. When Harry finds this out he sets up a secret mission for her which turns out to be hilarious and my favourite part of the movie. He gets Helen to dance for him while his face is obscured so she doesn't know who it is. Her dancing is really funny. Even though she may be dowdy she has one smoking hot body and any guys watching this movie will definitely appreciate this scene. Curits actually won a 1994 golden globe for best actress for this film.
The other plot in the movie, the one witht he terrorists is a bit more sinister. Arnie is trying to catch the head of a faction called the Crimson Jihad. There are some great action scenes as you would expect from Arnie and a great chase scene involving a motorbike and a horse.
Arnie to me is such a funny actor. Of course, he had his big break as the Terminator where he only needed to mutter a few words here and there but his later films actually required talking and interaction with others. Whenever he talks to me it's just really funny, he has some classic one liners and is very short and sweet in some of his put down's which work really well.
I think the story definitely makes this movie. It has two great themes running through it which keep you entertained and wanting more. There are fun, sexy characters and it keeps you interested until the end. Apparently according to an article I read, as of January 2009 there have been talks between Tom Arnold and Arnold Schwarzenegger to do a True Lies sequel as soon as Schwarzenegger leaves office
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Special Agent Harry Tasker, who is leading a double life. By day he's a highly skilled international spy fighting crime all over the world and by night he's a loving husband and father with his family thinking that he's a computer sales representative.
For 15 years Harry has managed to keep the two lives apart until he suspects that his wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) is cheating and begins to misuse his resources to spy on his wife.
For anybody who thinks that Schwarzenegger is a one trick pony when it comes to acting, I urge you to watch True Lies as it's one of his only believable appearances. The storyline is very realistic and most of the action scenes are even quite low key for a change.
Unfortunately, I felt that the film was dragged out for about 15 minutes too long as the last part of the film involved flying a Harrier jet while fighting and people climbing on the wings in mid-air.
Until I watched this film I'd never really thought of Jamie Lee Curtis as being a sex symbol. Without giving away too much of the film, around half way through Harry's Wife performs and exotic dance for him, although she thinks that it's another man who's sitting in the shadows giving her orders!
Despite the fast cars, big guns and sexy women I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor Harry Tasker through most of the film. After all, the guy is a spy and it's not like he could have just told his wife what he really did for a living... Or maybe he could?
Director (James Cameron) has had experience working with both Jamie Lee Curtis (Aliens) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 2) in the past and this certainly shows in their willingness to do their best. A good example of this is the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis performed her own stunts, which include hanging from a helicopter.
Depending on whom you ask you will get different information on how this came about. Some people say that the director had insisted that Curtis do the stunts herself, to which she agreed to if he would be hanging out of an adjacent chopper filming. Meanwhile, other people will say that Curtis was adamant that she wanted to perform the stunts herself to as a personal test.
As soon as you see Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in a film, you know there's going to be action. What you don't expect is a coherent storyline and a decent drama aspect to the film as well as the action, which is exactly what you get from True Lies.
A very well made film in many respects. The actors appeared to work well together and I could easily imagine that they enjoyed each other's company off screen with everyone from the director to the tea boy/girl.
True Lies was another classic action film that was butchered by the BBFC upon its first release on video in the UK. Director James Cameron was reportably so unhappy with the editing that he took it upon himself to implement the cuts personally. Still though, to this day, British audiences are yet to see the full, uncut version of the film released on DVD, which is hugely disappointing considering it is another breathtaking piece of action cinema from the director of Aliens and The Terminator films.
Schwarzenegger plays Harry Tasker, a covert intelligence agent (James Bond, but with muscles) whose mission is to infiltrate Kazakhstan smuggling nuclear warheads. At home though, his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter Dana (Eliza Dushku), both believe he leads an ordinary, boring life as a computer salesman, and are not in the least bit suspicious that he is leading a double life.
The action scenes in True Lies are typical James Cameron: inventive, spectacular, and full of suspense, and who else is going to be at the heart of all these other than Schwarzenegger? Riding a horse to catch a terrorist on a motorbike through a hotel; beating baddies senseless in a public bathroom; and firing a rocket from his fighter jet with the final words "You're fired!" are never anything less than vintage Arnie.
Cameron, undoubtedly, knows how to use Schwarzenegger to full effect more than anybody, after previously working with him in T1 and T2. Because of such, True Lies is as much about comedy as it is action: believe it or not, as well as being his usual muscle-bound self, Arnie is genuinely hilarious in his role at wrecking the terrorist's plans; the equally as funny Tom Arnold also excels as Arnie's sidekick Albert Gibson, which makes True Lies an immense amount of fun for its entirety. Could you really have a movie these days that poked so much fun at terrorism? I think not.
Somewhere in the middle of it all, True Lies does actually start to get a little serious- well, serious compared to the majority of the film, I'd say. Stopping by his wife's office at lunch, Harry starts to believe that Helen is having an affair after overhearing a phone call with another man. The whole terrorist plot halts for half an hour or so, and the audience is forced to examine the relationship between Mr and Mrs Tasker; as it turns out, Helen is seeing a used car salesman/sleazeball (Bill Paxton) who is pretending to be a spy to gain her affections. After getting her to confess in an undercover interrogation scene, Harry feels like he has taken his wife for granted and sets her up to meet a stranger at a hotel. The stranger, of course, is him, and Helen awakes to find her loving husband in bed next to her, attempting to prove his own affections. However, just when things start becoming intimate again with Helen's sensuous strip tease, the terrorists return to kidnap the couple, and eventually the whole secret about Harry being a spy comes out. Needless to say, she is not at all impressed.
On the whole, each character brings their own brand of charm to the film, with the action and humour getting bigger and louder as the story develops. Not forgetting Curtis' equally as beautiful female rival Tia Carrere, who assists in developing Curtis into an action heroine, with shades of Weaver as Ripley in Aliens.
While not quite as perfect as the aforementioned, True Lies is still a heavyweight balance of action/comedy cinema, which thoroughly defines the whole concept of "Entertainment". God bless James Cameron.
This has to be one of my ultimate 'action' film favourites. Despite the fact it was made 14 years ago, you cannot take away the fact that the special effects are amazing and the storyline is just pure brilliance.
Harry Tasker seems like a normal happily married man and father. His family believe he's 'just' a salesman, when in reality he is one of the government's top secret agents.
When he finds out his wife may be cheating on him, he uses his special agent skills to find out what's going wrong, but in the process pulls his family into another case he's working on, with brilliant, hilarious results.
Why is it so good?
These days most action films take themselves too seriously, Die Hard was pretty funny, but it never was really described as an action comedy, however this film doesn't take itself to seriously and it's all about getting the laughs.
The action is tremendous, all the way throughout there are gun fights, planes exploding, men exploding everything you could want in an action film with the added bonus of humour.
I've loved this film for years now and have seen it countless times but still was amazed to see it was the same age as my sister. The special effects really can rival a lot of the action films that are released now.
Arnie is just great as the special agent by day and father/husband by night. He really brings just enough action and just enough comedy to the screen which makes the film what it is.
His wife Helen is played by the great actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who is actually amazingly quite funny. Before watching this I had only seen her in a few straight laced kinds of roles, mainly Halloween.
His daughter played by the wonderful and very young Eliza Dushku is great as well. I pretty much watched this film because she was in it, as I was a big fan of Buffy at the time and never had seen her in anything else.
There are also some great cameos from the likes of Bill Paxton. Paxton is just a fantastic actor, different in every film, but this film is just like watching another guy and Art Malik, most famous in my eyes playing a doctor in Holby City, who knew he was this good of an actor?
It's just a brilliant, light action movie. What more could you want? They've got different storylines going on at once, there's a little bit in it for everyone.
Hoped this helped and if you haven't seen it already, go check it out.
the fact that true lies was made in the early 1990s makes this film even more amazing. knowing how much CGI has grown over the last 10 years, true lies did so well without the modern technology and some of the action sequences are inspiring. cmon who would think of having arnie riding a horse trying to catch a terrorist on a motorbike who drives through a hotel to try and lose him! only the genius that is james cameron! apologies if you havnt seen the film yet. i wont give away anymore although what i will say is that there is a particular scene with jamie lee curtie wearing very little and is one of the best movie scenes ever! true lies has everything. it could be added to the james bond series with a few minor adjustments. its got action, humour, suspense, sex, big budget sequences. and you dont even have time to notice that its over 2 hours coz you would never get bored!
1994 saw the combination that made Terminator successful return in True Lies, with director James Cameron pitting Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent in this action comedy that is a sort of take on the James Bond role.
Harry Tasker is a happily married man with wife Helen and daughter Dana. They believe he is a boring computer salesman. In reality, he is a top government secret agent who is used for only the most deadly of mission. Whilst investigating a faction named Crimson Jihad and trying to prevent the smuggling of nuclear warheads into the States, Harry comes across reason to believe Helen is having an affair, and he uses his skills to balance work and home, with hilarious results. As we all know, it is hard to separate work and home, and Harry finds the two coming ever closer.
The Cast and Performances
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Harry Tasker. The actor's ability to mix action and comedy is perfect for this role as he excels. Jamie Lee Curtis is very convincing as the wife who hasn't a clue. The actress has proven herself in countless roles, and here she gives a mature performance and also injects some sex appeal as well. Tia Carrere plays the antique dealer Juno Skinner, and Art Malik the vicious terrorist Salim Abu Aziz. There are strong support roles from Bill Paxton and Charlton Heston, and an early performance from Eliza Dushku as Dana Tasker, but the prize goes to Tom Arnold as Harry's partner Gib. There are some limelight stealing moments from him - a great coemdic performance. The remainder of the cast support well.
True Lies unites Cameron and Arnie together again, and they are obviously comfortable with each other, for this is a very fine flowing film. The cast all work well, and the plotline is believable enough, and the bits that are over the top are acceptable due to the comedy nature of the film. It is a welcome return to form for Arnie following Last Action Hero, considered a flop, and it combines the action and the comedy so well that it is actually hard to decide which is the more prevalent in this film.
True Lies is a remake of a French film, La Totale, from 1991, extended somewhat, but does well in making itself unique. I enjoyed the special effects, which I feel James Cameron directs very well. With the Terminator films, it was obvious he was in control and knew exactly what he wanted and where he wanted it, and the same can be said of True Lies - there are some fantastic scenes involving special effects magic with helicopters and bridges and explosives - I'll say no more.
Brilliantly made film that is a welcome return to form for Arnie.
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True Lies starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a spy who has managed to keep his job secret from both his wife and teenage daughter for over seventeen years. Both believe him to be a dull sales rep for a computer company while in fact he is flying around the world battling terrorists, in this case Arab ones who have acquired nuclear weapons and intend to detonate them in the United States.
This is not your typical action thriller from Arnie as it is played a bit more for laughs and some of the violence and shooting is more comedy than brutal blood flowing action like you get in Terminator. For instance when the bad guys get shot, and they do with a body count to rival Rambo they tend to do spectacular jumps into the air as they are hit by the force of a bullett.
The comedy comes in the form of Arnie frutrated wife played by Jamie Lee Curtis, she looks like a librarian for most of the film and is desperate for some excitement in her life so there is an interesting side story to the film which sees her being seduced by who she thinks is a spy while all the time hubbie is using all the resources at his fingertips to track her movements.
As far as films go this is distinctly average and I can't believe I actually sat through it last night, some of the ating is pretty second rate and there are loads of stereotypes packed into the characters. On the plus side there are the odd moments that will make you smile especially the scene with the camera in the terrorist base.
The film certainly has its limitations, you generally know what you will get with Arnie and I ctually I think he does comedy reasonably well considering his lack of acting ability it is just that the film has a comic book feel to it at times and then a serious action thriller at others and ultimately fails to decide which way it wants to go.
Well I must be Arnold, happy today because ive got an urge to review all his films, I wonder just how far I will really get. Well my previous review was on the box office smash hit Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This review will look at another box office hit by Arnold, however in this film he's human and he's fighting terrorists. Yup you guessed it; this is a review about True Lies. Like most Arnie, films this film has the usual, bad guys, big guns, a lot of ass kicking and the occasional use of humour. I was actually impressed by this film, the storyline was good, and the famous Arnie made himself known. The film was released in 1994 and it was said to be a remake of the 1991 French film La Totale.
The film was once again directed by James Cameron, who previously worked with Arnold on the Terminator films. It started Arnold, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold and a whole list of other characters.
The film follows Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), a man with two totally different identities. To his wife and child, he's the boring computer salesmen, but to his co workers he's a government agent, working to protect and serve the U S of A. His role is to infiltrate an international arms smuggling unit, whom are a group of terrorist seeking to destroy the American nation. The film starts of with Arnold infiltrating a party were all the top smugglers are hosting a banquet. It is their that Harry meets Juno Skinner, a attractive, intelligent arts and antiquity dealer, who just so happens to be working for the terrorist cell.
The terrorist group lead by Aziz, a powerful leader in the Western world is hell bent on destroying America by planting a Nuclear weapon. However it's up to Harry to save his country from destruction at the hands of the terrorist. To make things worse Harry discovers his wife, Helen is having an affair with a man who claims to be a spy. Harry distraught that he is, must find a way of testing his wife's loyalty towards him, however things take a drastic turn. Both Harry and Helen are captured by Aziz, and it is finally their Harry's secret is revealed to his wife, after 17 years of lying. On top of this, Aziz has also kidnapped Harry's daughter Dana. Can Harry help himself and his wife escape the hands of Aziz and his men, and can he also rescue his daughter.
Arnold plays Harry Tasker, a two sided man. He hides his real role from his family in order to protect them and his company. In order to do this, Harry pretends to be a boring Middletown computer sales men, his wife is bored of him, and his daughter is embarrassed of him, however they can never learn the truth about his identity. Harry's characters is simply brilliant in this film, Arnold plays both a action and comedic role. Having watching most of Arnold comedy films I was very disappointed, they've tend to be a huge failure in the box office. However Cameron finally found a formulae that made Arnold appealing in both a comedic and action way. Ive never seen films were he's portrayed these two characteristics better.
Jamie Lee plays the role of Helen, its always unusual watching her in a film that isn't Halloween, yet her screaming is most definitely still the same. Her character is fun and joy able to watch. The Middletown mum, who's bored of her husbands lack of excitement, finds joy in a brief affair she has with a man, who just seems to be really stupid. It's funny to see how her character evolves when she is held hostage along with Harry, she almost takes the role of female superhero, and qualities she and Harry never saw in her before. She's more confident and aggressive, evident in the scenes were she is shooting at the terrorists or when she is in the limo fight Juno.
Tom Arnold played the role of Albert and I felt he really made the film more light and friendly. He has I suppose always been funny by nature, being married to Roseanne you have to have some humour in you. You always get the feeling how can someone so stupid and funny get to become a spy, I guess it bring hope to the millions of average Joe's like myself.
The other characters also make the film unique; Harry's daughter is a typical teenage rebel. Always hating her parents, stealing money is all part of the course. However I feel she actually respects her dad at the end of the film, seeing him ride the jet fighter must have made her think twice of him being a computer sales men.
We then have Aziz played by the brilliant Art Malik; yup he also starred in Holby City. I suppose he plays your stereotypical Terrorist hell bent on destroying America. I suppose at the time, this was a good character because it hadn't been used in movies much, but I feel now it's about old and done. Nevertheless, he was a good villain, I mean slapping the crap out of a women, using a nuclear weapon and riding his cycle across one building to another, which let me tell you isn't possible.
The film was well written and directed; it's like a spoof version of James Bond, more comedy, more stupidity yet the same amount of action, guns and the occasional flash of Arnie's biceps. Furthermore, Harry and Albert have such a unique relationship. They both have qualities that make each other likable; however they are so meant to work together. Perhaps the modern day version of Lauren and Hardy, but with Guns, women and more action. I really enjoyed watching this film; it's not a typical action film because it exploits humour in perhaps every scene, even if it's an important and serious one. For instance, the scenes were Harry is chasing this deadly terrorist, what possessed him to chase him on a Horse. Furthermore, the scene were Aziz is taping a video showing America and result of the world what his intensions as, only to show the battery dieing and the camera man scared of telling him. It's a well balanced and likeable film, and for anyone who hasn't quite seen it yet it's worth a watch.
* Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Tasker
* Jamie Lee Curtis as Helen Tasker
* Eliza Dushku as Dana Tasker
* Tom Arnold as Albert Gibson
* Grant Heslov as Faisil
* Tia Carrere as Juno Skinner
* Bill Paxton as Simon
* Art Malik as Salim Abu Aziz
* Charlton Heston as Spencer Trilby
Release Date: July 15th 1994 (US), August 12th 1994 (UK)
Gross Revenue: $378,882,411 worldwide
There has been talk of a possible sequel to the film once Arnold retires from politics, which could be after his last term as Governor of California, however I feel let this film rest.
I enjoy a good action flick now and again – something to switch your brain off when watching and just go with the storyline. True Lies is another collaboration between two of Hollywood’s biggest names – James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenneger (who had previously enjoyed massive success together in the ‘Terminator’ movies) team up once again to bring us this high-octane action-thriller with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. Arnie takes the main lead as Harry Tasker. To his family, Harry is Mr Average – a computer salesman who doesn’t exactly lead an exciting lifestyle. He’ll spend a fair amount of time attending various computing seminars and to be honest he’s a bit dull and boring for his wife Helen (played by Jamie Lee Curtis). What she doesn’t understand is that Harry is actually a secret agent, working for a government agency who basically kick the arse of enemies of the good old US of A. The movie opens in a very reminiscent style to those James Bond films we’ve all seen countless times over the holidays – Arnie infiltrates a rather posh party ran by a pretty dodgy bunch of characters who use their import/export business for smuggling arms to middle-eastern terrorists. The explosions and chaos are everything you would expect from such an acclaimed action-helmer as Cameron, his previous work on movies such as ‘Aliens’ and the afore-mentioned Terminator movies is certainly in evidence here – nobody does action better than him, that’s for sure and Arnie is still the king of throwaway one-liners. The twist in the movie comes as his two-lives become entwined. Helen is despairing of her boring marriage to Harry, so she sets out on having an affair with a used car salesman (although he pretends to actually be a spy). Bill Paxton; who brings a great comic touch to the proceedings plays this part. Harry sets about finding o
ut what his wife is up to, only for her to get mixed up in his battle against the terrorists (who are led by Art Malik) Other notable characters include Harrys partner, played by Tom Arnold – these two seem to bounce off each other really well throughout the movie and certainly help keep the pace throughout the film. It’s full of high-octane action and a decent script with one or two weak points – perfect fodder for a veg out in front on the telly on a Saturday night! Originally released in 1994, it’s taken a while, but the movie that tries to out-Bond James Bond is now out to buy on DVD. The decent box-office it gained means that a fair proportion of you may have already seen this movie at the cinema, plus its age means a lot of you may have seen this on the television too – so I’ve glossed over the plot (which I don’t want to spoil too much) and instead will dive into the disc itself. As many of you may be aware, DVD’s are categorised into different regions – if you have a look on the back of the case for a DVD you have bought in the UK for example it will be marked as ‘Region 2’ on the back of it. This means that if you buy a DVD from another country, such as America (where they have Region 1) then the DVD probably won’t work on your machine. The good news however is that Region 4 (which is Australia) will often work on Region 2 – as is the case with this DVD. So, why should you buy the Region 4 version of this film instead of the UK (Region 2) release? Well for a start, you can buy the R4 version MUCH cheaper than the R2 counterpart – why pay £15.99 for the UK version when you could get the R4 version delivered from Australia for just over £10! The R4 version has a few other advantages too – for a start the picture quality is amazing – much better than the R1 version and this version is also uncut. The R2 version has a f
ew of the more violent scenes removed – nothing overtly gratuitous mind you – one example would be a scene involving a headbutt that was taken out of the UK release – that’s back in here. The superb (and I really can’t emphasise this enough) picture is backed up with a cracking soundtrack too. Movies like True Lies are just meant to showcase home cinema – the surrounds are used when required for ringing gunfire and great spot-effects to help create the ambience required. The central speaker is used for clear dialogue – meaning you never miss out on a word during the ensuing chaos that takes place. We don’t get any real extras on this release – just a trailer for the film, but I don’t mind for once about the lack of bonus material. The sheer quality of the video transfer more than makes up for that. For many, and I’d have to include myself here, this is one of Arnies best action flicks and this R4 release is one I seriously recommend you seek out. I have advised you to get the R4 release – this means you’ll need to get it from an Australian DVD store on the internet – I’d recommend either EzyDVD (www.ezydvd.com.au) or DeVoteD (www.devoted.com.au). At £10 you just can’t miss out on this terrific DVD!
“Arnie, in another action film …?!” I here you cry, ”well the idea was good to start of fwith but now it’s old!” you exclaim. Not this time. True lies is an action film spoof a hybrid of action and slapstick derived comedy. Arnie stars as Harry Tasker a secret government agent. His role is so secret in fact that even his family including his wife of fifteen years (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) do not know. The irony is that to everyone else Harry is…well, pretty boring actually. His cover story is that he works for some sort of Computer-IT company and most of his life appears to revolve around what their latest operating system is. Naturally these long hours and work obsession start to grate with his family. His wife appears to be starting an affair with a used car salesman posing as a spy and his daughter is stealing money from his partner. All this on top of a mad terrorist group called Crimson Jehad trying to hold the world to ramson and this is shaping up well. Lots of Laughs, Lots of Explosions, How can you resist? Cast As I mentioned before Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Harry Tasker the main star of the film. Arnie has proved before he can lay off one-liners perfectly and he does so again. He plays this role to perfection just the right level of cheesiness so the gags aren’t over the top. The viewer is kept enthralled and in stitches. Tom Arnold (stars in many films as that a-typical loud American-Austin Powers 2 is a good example) is Arnie’s side kick in this film. Not being the most supportive man on Harry discovering his wife is having an affair he counters with “she just wants to bang this guy for a bit, it isn’t serious!” The friend nobody needs Art Malik is the leader of Crimson Jehard. Your stereotypical bad guy his eyes literally seem to pop out as he gets angry. He doesen’t get many scenes, his main
ones being; a chase scene (him on bike arnie on horse) and then towards the end of the film. Not getting great opportunity for lines he still manages a malevolence suited to a spoof film. Tia Carrere is the other main character on the wrong side so to speak. She is in effect little more than window dressing. Her character is far from plot essential and just adds an extra character to the bad-guys side. Bill Paxton was for me quite funny. He stars as the guy that Harry’s wife is supposed to be having an affair with. In reality he is a used car salesman and she is just one of many women he is stringing alone with his angle. The character pees his pants when under pressure – His excuse for him not being a terrorist. Overall The action scenes are quite good and the film is pretty funny. At times it seems to drag a bit and certainly some scenes are superfluous to the action removing these could be conducive to a better film. But despite this all in all a winner!
From The Terminator to Titanic, you can always rely on writer-director James Cameron to show you something you've never seen on the big screen before. The guy may not consistently pen the most scintillating dialogue in the world (and, especially in this movie, he doesn't seem to have a particularly high regard for women), but as a director of kinetic, push-the-envelope action sequences, he is in a class by himself. In True Lies, the highlight is a breathtaking third-act jet and car chase through the Florida Keys. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a covert intelligence agent whose wife of 15 years (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally finds out that he's not really a computer salesman and who becomes mixed up in a case involving nuclear arms smuggling. Tom Arnold is surprisingly funny and engaging as Schwarzenegger's longtime spy partner, and Bill Paxton is a smarmy used-car salesman whom Arnold thinks is having an affair with his wife. Purely in terms of spectacular action and high-tech hardware, True Lies is a blast. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com