True Lies

     True Lies – “I’m beginning to like this guy.  Oh, we still have to kill him.  That’s a given.”  I love this film.  True Lies is a roller coaster of comedy and action that is always coming at you.  While some of the plot is a bit much, the actors act and react they way you would expect keeping you involved.  However, it does go a tad too long and gets out of character at the ending.  Regardless, it’s a fun ride from start to finish.  Rated 72% at Rotten Tomatoes and 4.5 stars at Amazon, this is a “mindless” good time.

Plot – Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads a double life as a computer salesman to his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and a counter-terrorist spy for the US Govt.  Helen is totally fooled.  Harry is joined by Gib (Tom Arnold) and Faisil (Grant Heslov) for the govt team.  His mission to Switzerland reveals an Islamist terrorist plot against the US and he meets Juno Skinner (Tia Carrera), an antiques dealer who he thinks has ties to the terrorists.  But his work is interfering with his married life.  Harry goes to Helen’s office to surprise her and take her to lunch, but he overhears a conversation about “Simon” and Helen.  He uses govt resources to track down Simon and finds he’s a used car salesman using the spy routine to seduce his wife.  The govt team breaks in on them and takes Helen back to their office to find she was bored and lonely.  To give her adventure, he sends Helen on a sham mission to plant a bug on an arms dealer.  During the sham mission, the real terrorists kidnap Harry & Helen.  At the terrorist camp, he reveals everything to Helen and they escape with lots of explosions and bullets flying.  But, Helen is recaptured.  They discover the terrorists are trying to set off a nuclear weapon and they call in the jets to blow up the bridge, but Harry has to still save his wife.  Once Helen is saved and some of the terrorists are dealt with, he finds his daughter is kidnapped and he must save the day.  At the end, a year has passed and the Taskers are a spy family….and there’s a funny “reunion” with Simon that shouldn’t be missed. 

Commentary – This movie is a great mixture of action and comedy.  Ok, the whole middle-eastern terrorist plot has been done to death and the film was criticized for it.  But, it was made during the time that this was a concern in America and before 9/11 happened.  Don’t let that keep you away from this film.  The secondary characters really sell the movie.  This was probably the best acting Tom Arnold ever did and Jamie Lee Curtis plays the naive wife perfectly.   There is some adult language and the some mild sexual moments, but the film is pretty tame.  While the movie does have its flaws, you’ll find that you can not turn away from this movie and want to watch it over and over.

Trivia – Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger did many stunts in the film.  That woman hanging from the chopper is really Jamie Lee Curtis.  A sequel was being prepared, but after 9/11 in 2001, the director felt the “terrorist” angle could no longer be funny.  In the striptease scene, Helen falling down was not part of the script as she actually just fell down, but the reactions were so great that they kept going giving the scene a great moment in the movie.

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