From the director that brought you Terminator 2 and Titanic, True Lies delivers high quality action and comedy. Playing off James Bond, True Lies sets a new standard for action films, no matter how cheesy the movie is. True Lies is not meant to be a pure action movie; it's plot is half comedy and the action scenes are equally funny. Still, even as a comedy, True Lies has some excellent action sequences... it's Arnold Schwarzenegger, what do you expect?
The terrorists are merely a subplot compared to Harry's interaction with his wife, hence the title True Lies. The movie primarily switches back and forth from semi-serious action to subtle, yet hysterical, "family-oriented" scenes. Family-oriented does not mean sitting at the dinner table; there is no good way to describe it. Basically, what I mean, is that Harry puts highly-trained operatives to the task of uncovering his wife's supposed affair which ultimately leads to her recruitment into the agency. Whether it be Harry's confrontation with Simon, the salesman, or the Jamie Lee Curtis hotel scene, you'll be laughing out loud!
So far, I've made True Lies sound like a comedy, or a spoof such as Spy Hard. It's not. It is an action movie with lots of shooting and blood. Arnold delivers one of his best performances ever and Jamie Lee Curtis pulls off a much better "wimpy" woman that Sandra Bullock did in Speed 2. She's just great in this, as is Arnold, and Tom Arnold, for that matter; they combine to make an all-star cast.
True Lies will appeal to anyone with a sense of humor; you can't watch it expecting a serious action thriller.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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