Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Aziz (Art Malik). Harry's mission is complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is contemplating an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), a used-car salesman who claims he's a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time. (1)
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James Cameron has directed some great action films throughout his career – Terminator films, The Abyss (1989), and Avatar (2009) – but none of his action films have been True Lies. The biggest problem with action films is that they take themselves too seriously but True Lies (1994) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Junior), Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday), and Tom Arnold (McHale’s Navy), is both hysterical and action-packed from beginning to end.
The story is great as it knows how to perfectly alternate between action and comedy and it has everything that you would need: A believable action hero with a complimentary and surprising wife (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), a stereotypical villain, and a ton of belly-aching humor. The action it jumps off the screen with enough explosions, gunfights, and chases to entertain but not feel overdone or forced; it’s just right. As for the wife, some people found a problem with the wife’s side-story but I found it to be an extra addition to the story.
The performances are great. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his partner Tom Arnold are hilarious together with very funny lines and situations. Jamie Lee Curtis is both funny and the perfect person to play Schwarzenegger’s wife. I love when she says that she married Rambo after she finds out what her husband really does. Also, the small scenes between the three main characters and Bill Paxton (Twister) were great as comedic relief.
Overall, True Lies (1994) is one of the best comedic action films ever, it would be next to impossible for this film to not be a classic, which it is. There is a great balance between action and comedy that is rarely seen in most action films, which tend to take themselves a bit too seriously. The performances were fitting and hilarious with a few funny scenes that are almost embarrassing to watch their so funny. I highly recommend this film.
"Women. Can't live with 'em. Can't kill 'em!"
Worth Seeing: 8.1 of 10 stars
Worth Buying: 8.1 of 10 stars
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