Eraser (1996)

“The police have returned to the safety of their doughnut shops.” – Father Rodriguez

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Theater in ’96, cable and 25 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Federal Witness Protection Agent must keep his new charge safe when government agents try to stop her from testifying at any cost.

My Take on it – This is yet another Arnold Schwartzeneggar film from the 90’s that is extremely fun to watch even though is is completely mindless.

The plot itself is a bit silly and ironically, it would probably work better today after two decades due to the advances in technology that would help make it seem more believable.

The action scenes are great and they are placed one after another which makes the film feel as if it is completely injected with adrenaline.

These scenes range from runaway planes, rail guns and your run of the mill, everyday, gator attacks.

The film manages to do what it sets out to do and as with so many films of this genre manages to show that incompetent villains are always matched with incompetent government agents.

Having said all of the above, this film is still extremely fun to watch for the sake of having a good time and probably should be rewatched every decade or so but probably not more frequently than that.

The supporting cast is also fun to watch.

James Caan is great in this film, but he and Arnie are no where near equals.

Robert Pastorelli is also great here as the comic relief aspect of it all.

Bottom Line – Fun Arnie film that does what it’s meant to do but still remains brainless. The story would actually make even more sense with the technology of today yet is still passable two decades ago. Great action scenes come one after another and range from runaway airplanes to deadly gators.  Does its typical job of showing incompetence of criminals but that even Federal Agencies can also be just as incompetent.  Still remains fun to watch every decade or so, but not much more frequently than that.  Cann is great here, but he and Arnie don’t even come close to being equals. Pastorelli is hilarious in his few scenes.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Chuck Russell and Producer Arnold Kopelson had a rocky relationship during the entire production. The only reason the film was able to go forward and ultimately be completed, was that Arnold Schwarzenegger got along with each man separately, and was able to negotiate schedules and logistics at a point where the two men refused to speak to each other. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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