True Lies

Samir the torturer: "Is there anything you want to tell me before we start?"
Harry: "Yeah. I'm going to kill you pretty soon."
Samir: "I see. How, exactly?"
Harry: "Well, first I'm going to use you as a human shield. Then I'm going to kill this guard over there with the Patterson trocar on the table. And then I was thinking about breaking your neck."
Samir: "And what makes you think you can do all that?"
Harry: "You know my handcuffs?"
Samir: "Mmm-hmm."
Harry: "I've picked them."

release year: 1994
genre: action/comedy
viewing setting: home DVD, 1/17/16 and 11/2/12 and 5/17/07 and 5/22/03

synopsis: Mild-mannered Harry Tasker is actually living a double life as a super-secret agent. Problems arise when his work mixes with his family life.

impressions: This was one of the last good Arnold movies. It's about his funniest one that was still serious, meaning that although there were jokes flying, there was also blood flying. Add to this the direction and action that James Cameron brings to the table, and you've got a great ride ahead of you.

things to watch for: The fight-turned-chase with the three terrorists, or the escape from the terrorist camp.

acting: Arnold did ok, as did Jamie Lee Curtis as his unwitting wife, but Tom Arnold was the real source of humor here. His one-liners and offhanded quips were good for many laughs. Bill Paxton had a good supporting role as a wannabe, and the guy who played Fasil did a good job too.

final word: Entertaining, worthy of "classic Arnold" status.

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