Genre Grandeur October Finale – True Lies (1994) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Spy/Espionage Films here’s a review of True Lies (1994) by me!

In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:

  1. Cleanskin (2012) – Paul
  2. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) – David
  3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) – James
  4. The Spy Gone North (2018) – Paul
  5. Spione (1928) – David
  6. Night Train to Munich (1940) – Rob
  7. Mission Impossible III (2006) – Darren
  8. Ministry of Fear (1944) – David
  9. The Ipcress File (1966) – James
  10. The Deadly Affair (1966) – David
  11. Red Sparrow (2018) – Paul
  12. Goldfinger (1964) – James
  13. Tenet (2020) – David
  14. True Lies (1994) – Rob

In addition, I watched 15 movies in my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Fortunately, 3 of those films will now be considered among my favorites in the genre.

  1. The Coldest Game (2019)
  2. Central Intelligence (2016)
  3. No Way Out (1987)
  4. The Good Shepherd (2006)
  5. The 39 Steps (1935)
  6. Foreign Correspondence (1940)
  7. *Goldfinger (1964)
  8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
  9. *A View To A Kill (1985)
  10. *License To Kill (1989)
  11. GoldenEye (1995)
  12. No Time To Die (2021)
  13. Kingsman: Secret Service (2014)
  14. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
  15. The Recruit (2003)

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Marc of French Toast Sundays and we will be reviewing our favorite Live Action Disney Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Marc!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“[helping Harry into their SUV] You know what? I say we concentrate on work, buddy. That’s what I do every time my life turns to dog sh*t. I concentrate on work, and that gets me by. All right, buddy? This is gonna be great. You know what? We’re gonna catch some terrorists, we’re gonna beat the crap out of them, you’re gonna feel a hell of a lot better.” – Gib

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’94, video, cable, DVD, 13 Jan 2000, 24 Apr 2017 and 30 Oct 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A government agent must deal with a deadly terrorist, his teenage daughter and the possibility that his wife might be cheating on him.

My Take on it – This is one of the very best Bond films that isn’t a Bond film.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is superb in the lead role and makes the story feel even more realistic in the way it all plays out.

The film is filled with lots of action and they do things in a fun way which helps keep it so fascinating to watch unfold.

The gadgets that the characters have are great and really make this seem like a pseudo Bond film by the way it all moves along in the same kind of manner.

The supporting cast is also great with Jamie Lee Curtis, Grant Heslov, Eliza Dushku, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrera, Art Malik all giving wonderful performances.

Tom Arnold tho stands out among the all and is the perfect partner and comic relief for Arnie.

The film is filled with so much adrenaline and it is filled with non-stop action scenes the entire way through which helps keep it so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The personal aspect of the film is also great since it tries to show how an agent like this would need to balance his personal and professional life which isn’t the easiest thing to do.

James Cameron does a great job directing this film and keeps it so engaging from start to finish.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tom Arnold didn’t expect to get a role in the movie, and went to the audition mostly for the chance to meet director James Cameron. He did some scenes with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Cameron immediately noticed the chemistry between the two actors. Afterwards, Arnold jokingly said about Schwarzenegger: “He’s not that big, I think I can take him”, which highly amused Cameron and sealed the deal. Initially, 20th Century Fox objected (Arnold’s reputation at the time wasn’t positive, mostly due to his public antics with then-wife Roseanne Barr), but when Cameron threatened to take the movie somewhere else if Arnold couldn’t be cast, they relented. When Arnold later learned about this, he was grateful to Cameron for taking a chance on him. He became a good friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cameron afterwards. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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