True Lies 1994

When he said I do, he never said what he did.

7.0 / 10   2565 vote(s)
R
Action Thriller

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Release Date 1994-07-15
Runtime 2h 21m
Directors James Cameron, Aldric La'Auli Porter, Russell Carpenter, Martin Laing, E. J. Foerster, Glenn R. Wilder, David L. Butler, J. Michael Haynie, David Ticotin, Howell Caldwell, Martin Jedlicka
Producers James Cameron, Stephanie Austin, Rae Sanchini, Lawrence Kasanoff, Teresa Cheng, Robert Shriver, Mike Chambers, Pamela Easley
Writers James Cameron, Claude Zidi, Simon Michaël, Didier Kaminka, Brent Boates

I seem to like True Lies a significant amount less than most people do. And it's not because it isn't my type of movie either, Schwarzeneggar as a secret agent in an explosive 90s action movie is absolutely my jam. But I don't love True Lies, maybe I saw it too late in life (I was 25 the first time I saw the whole movie) and either I aged out of it or the movie aged out of society, but whatever the case, I just can't really understand why it's so beloved. I would never take it away from anyone, and there's absolutely stuff I like, but I can't really recommend it based on personal taste.

Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole.

Gimly

Cameron and Schwarzenegger team up again for a riot of an action movie.

True Lies sees Arnold Schwarzenegger play Harry Tasker, to his wife Helen (Jaimie Lee Curtis) and daughter Dana (Eliza Dushku) he's a safe husband and father working as a computer salesman. Away from the family home he's a top spy for one of America's highest secret services. When Harry is prompted to believe that Helen is having an affair, it signals the start of a sequence of events that will out Harry and lead them both to a confrontation with a deadly terrorist.

To hell with misogyny and stereotypical Arab terrorist (Art Malik so OTT he's off the chain man), Cameron's True Lies really isn't concerned for political correctness. His aim, aided by his on form cast, is to chase, caress and explode stuff whilst having a laugh at every turn. True Lies, if anyone was in doubt prior to its release, shows Cameron to be supremely gifted at action set pieces. No expense spared of course, but you still gotta utilise those Harrier Jets, helicopters and horse carrying elevators to great effect. And so it proves. Throw in a tremendously funny script that gives Tom Arnold & Bill Paxton comedy gold roles to revel in; and what you get is a Worldwide box office profit of nearly $264 million.

It knows it's nonsense, but it's the good kind of nonsense that Hollywood has to offer. Ever re-watchable, True Lies is undeniably great fun. 7.5/10

John Chard