Review Date: February 06, 2002
Director: Andrew Davis
Writer: David & Peter Griffiths
Producers: David Foster
Some of the secondary characters were also pretty good, including Elias Koteas, whose character was rightfully ambiguous, and the always solid, John Turturro as the Canadian "fly on the wall" (his whole theory about being Canadian cracked me and our Canadian audience up). Cliff Curtis was also good as the lead terrorist, but dude...ask your agent to book you some new gigs, m'man! What didn't work in the film? Well, some of the CGI was horrible (specifically near the waterfalls and the final fire blast), the story, despite being absorbing, was pretty "basic" and predictable for the most part, and it's definitely one of those movies that will have you catching up to more of its plot holes as you walk out of the theater and wonder (how did the Wolf keep getting into the country so easily, and how come a fireman knows so much about so much?). But in the end, it's really going to be up to you on whether you decide to enjoy this movie or not. I could easily see how some folks will swat the film aside as just another typical "popcorn" action movie (and yes, I'm talking about most journalistic "film" critics-a few of whom I noticed walking out of the theater before the film's end credits started rolling...a little respect, fellas!), but I enjoyed the movie for what it was, and didn't expect something that it wasn't, and therefore, was quite content. This is not a memorable film by any means, and it's definitely time for Arnold to start taking more chances in his choice of movies, but as it was, I clapped like a schoolgirl during some action scenes, I cracked up like a moron during some of Arnold's better one-liners and I was happier than a fly on shit when Schwarzenegger bit and spit out a terrorist's ear, and I guess that's saying something (about me...?). Anyway, see it if you're looking for a good ol' time at the theatres and skip it if you're not.