142. True Lies


Movie: True Lies

Release Date: July 15, 1994

Director: James Cameron

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Eliza Dushku, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, Tia Carrere.

Tag Lines: “When he said I do, he never said what he did.”

Relevance: Sometimes all you want out of a movie is to be entertained. With James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the helm, chances are you will be. That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the trailer for ‘True Lies.’ The movie got decent reviews and was a big summer box office hit eventually becoming the third highest grossing film of 1994. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those lucky enough to see it on the big screen.

I am not sure why I didn’t see ‘True Lies’ in theaters. I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing it until it was released for rental. The only thing that disappointed me about the film was that I didn’t get to see it on the big screen. Everything else, I loved. It was over-the-top, absurd and totally far-fetched and at the same time action packed, very humorous and extremely entertaining. It was the perfect popcorn flick. I can’t remember the first time that I watched it, but I know that after seeing it I watched it numerous times with different groups of people. If I like a movie, I want to make sure that everyone I know and love sees it too.

I know that I watched it once with my family and they enjoyed it just as much as I did. Even my mother, who was not a huge fan of the action adventure genre, was completely entertained by the film. It was probably more to do with Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold than the gun fights, explosions and car chases. Those two actors portrayed characters that made her laugh throughout the entire movie. I also remember watching the movie with friends at college. I only remember this because I distinctly recall one of my friend’s reaction to Ms. Curtis’ “dance” scene. It garnered minutes of guffaws and was rewound a few times to watch it over and over again.

‘True Lies’ was a grand action comedy film that only requires you to sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s a movie that my family owned on VHS and watched periodically when we were in the mood to be entertained. It was an edge of the seat action movie that made me laugh out loud just as much as it made me “ooh” and “ahh” at its special effects.

Today’s Thoughts: “I married Rambo!”

I haven’t watched ‘True Lies’ in years and was looking forward to re-visiting this comedy laced action movie today. So with the popcorn popped and a glass of water (it was too early for wine) by my side, I embarked on this James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger adventure.

Twenty-six years old and the film still entertains like it did back in 1994. James Cameron knows how to direct this genre and ‘True Lies’ is no exception. It is still clever and fun even though the story is completely far-fetched. But you kind of know what you are getting with him and Arnold. Surprisingly the special effects held up quite nicely all these years later. There are still some really terrific action sequences that I could watch over and over again.

The cast is absolutely terrific. Arnold plays his best Arnold and is charming as ever. Jamie Lee Curtis is wonderful and handles the action quite well and gets some of the best laughs from me. I mean, that dance sequence in the middle of the movie is perfection. I still laughed at it today as she slipped off that bed post. Simple gag, yes, but pure comedy gold. Tom Arnold is another one that makes me laugh in this film. His one liners and reactions to Mr. Schwarzenegger are really well executed. Special shout out to the late, great Bill Paxton. He is only in a few scenes in the movie, but they are priceless. Simon, the true hero of the film.

‘True Lies’ is definitely a film that you have to let go of reality and just let what happens, happen. If you do, it is a really fun, entertaining ride. It has given me years of thrills and laughs and comes highly recommended.

Awards: Academy Award for Best Effects, Visual Effects, John Bruno, Thomas L. Fisher, Jacques Strowels, Pat McClung (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Jamie Lee Curtis (winner), BAFTA Award for Best Special Effects, John Bruno, Thomas L. Fisher, Jacques Strowels, Pat McClung, Jamie Dixon (nomination), Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Jamie Lee Curtis (nomination).

Ways to Watch: AMC, Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, DVD Availability.


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