Firefighter Gordon Brewer is plunged into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after he loses his wife and child in a bombing credited to Claudio "The Wolf" Perrini.
A movie about suffering and loss starring Arnold Schwarzenegger? He plays a Los Angeles firefighter whose wife and son are killed by a bomb set by a Colombian terrorist. Don't worry – soon enough, Mr. Schwarzenegger fights through the red tape of an unhelpful United States government, as well as the jungles of Colombia, to wreak havoc and his vengeance. The release of "Collateral Damage" was postponed after the events of Sept. 11; its tired adherence to formula suggests that it had been sitting on a shelf since 1989. Andrew Davis – we're reminded – also directed "The Fugitive." But Mr. Davis's work includes the torpid action picture "Chain Reaction," which "Damage" is much closer to in spirit. – Elvis Mitchell
2002-02-08 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Collateral Damage