True Lies (1994) – 7/10 James Cameron action movie review

Cast / crew
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Harry [Tasker]
Jamie Lee Curtis: Helen [Tasker]
Tom Arnold: Gib
Bill Paxton: Simon
Tia Carrere: Juno
Art Malik: Aziz
Eliza Dushku: Dana
Grant Heslov: Faisil
Charlton Heston: Spencer Trilby
Screenplay, Director and Producer: James Cameron
Writer (Original Screenplay): Claude Zidi
Writer (Original Screenplay): Simon Michael
Writer (Original Screenplay): Didier Kaminka
Producer: Stephanie Austin

True Lies (1994)

Harry Tasker is a computer salesman or at least that is what his wife thinks, for in reality he is a top secret agent.


It says something about James Cameron’s directorial skill that this is his worst film. And yet it still contains spectacular, iconic action underscored by interesting, recognisable themes. And yet, despite the largely majestic action, Cameron stumbles with some oddly poor technical (shoddy in-car green screen) and sequence choices (bike jump across a street which could just as easily have been to an adjacent building and a gun tumbling down stairs in excruciating slow motion) and never quite nails the pace and tone of the domestic drama (the goriest moment of the film is supposed to be funny and Arnie’s emotions and actions are at odds). But then we do get Arnie smashing rottweilers, Arnie diving under a sea of fire, Jamie Lee Curtis being plucked from a doomed limo, Arnie destroying terrorists and saving his daughter using a harrier jump jet and Bill Paxton peeing himself. Which is more-than-enough to keep us happy!

This movie contains sexual swear words, strong adult dialogue and graphic violence, extreme violence, unpleasant and gory scenes and sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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