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Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

Having been postponed as a result of the September 11 attacks, Collateral Damage serves as a reminder for its entire 110 minute running time that no one, no country, is safe from terrorism.

Though the story line is not even close to the attacks in New York on that fateful day in September, there are many similarities.  The story revolves around firefighter Gordon Brewer and his attempts to exact revenge for the death of his wife and child by the hands of a terrorist who considers innocents nothing more than collateral damage.  Brewer, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempts to find out how this can happen and what the US government is going to do as a result.  Meeting resistance and veiled messages, Brewer begins to plan his own scheme for revenge.  With assistance from an ex-CIA agent introduced to him by one of his firefighter counterparts, we soon find Brewer in the thick of things in a South American country.

Don't expect a lot of blood and guts, this is no Commando or True Lies.  In fact, Arnold never shoots a gun.  This oddly kinder and gentler Schwarzenegger is a departure from his previous films.  Using his wits and experience with explosive devices, the body count does still grow.

Even when face to face with the killer of his family, the composure of his character is unbelievable.  I know I would have had to be more than handcuffed to prevent me from acting out of blind rage.  If you can follow the plot, you may find yourself absorbed in this gentle giant simply trying to gain closure on the horrors introduced into his life by this act of terrorism.

Though implausible, Collateral Damage is watchable with a couple of moments of the old Schwarzenegger to relish and, as in most films, good triumphs over evil.  Oddly enough what you really come away with from this film is the realization that the world has become a very small place and political and religious views are no longer "over there".  These views are here, there, and everywhere and the extremists will bring this pain to all those opposed to them and innocent life has no meaning in their cause.  You may remember the old saying "an eye for an eye"?  It chills me to hear a new saying: "they sent 50 of us to the hospital; let's send 500 of theirs to the morgue", but wars and conflicts start as a result of rhetoric, beliefs and positions.  We should learn to leave rhetoric aside and simply be judged our actions.

 
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