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Collateral Damage (2002)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 115

Despite its timely subject matter, Collateral Damage is an unexceptional and formulaic action thriller.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 27

Despite its timely subject matter, Collateral Damage is an unexceptional and formulaic action thriller.



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In one fleeting moment, L.A. firefighter Gordy Brewer loses everything he ever cared about. Running late to meet his wife and young son at a downtown high-rise, the devoted family man arrives in time to witness a bomb explode, showering the area with debris and shattered glass. The explosion is credited to 'El Lobo, The Wolf', an infamous rebel leader in Colombia's decades-long civil war. The intended targets were members of the Colombian consulate and American intelligence agents; its

Jul 30, 2002


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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (115) | DVD (27)

The film's less knee-jerk than it could have been.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It will be remembered less for its generic content than for the real-life events that give it an eerie resonance.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A pretty decent action picture.

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Ugly, predictable and dumb as dirt.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
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A stinker.

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Schwarzenegger tries hard to act but in the end the foolishness of the thriller formula becomes ridiculous.

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Schwarzenegger in very violent vigilante film.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Straining every muscle not to offend, Collateral Damage counts basic coherence among its own casualties. But it's crystal clear on one point: Taking mercy on the "enemy," women and children included, is for wimps.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Schwarzenegger's Brewer remarks, 'If I don't do it, it seems no one else will,' but that's a lousy excuse for...a multi-million dollar mistake like this one. [Blu-ray]

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

I was thrown for a loop at how good this movie was and guys will love it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...the studio didn't make it for any particular political purpose; it's basically just a stock, action-revenge flick, typical of Big Arnold.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A competent Schwarzenegger action movie that will appeal to the nostalgic.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

The plot is laughably bad, and the action not much better.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Diverting popcorn entertainment.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Judged purely as a piece of escapist popcorn fun, Collateral Damage only barely passes muster.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

... Time may be running out for Arnold the action hero.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Apparently, it's relatively easy for a 6-foot tall, musclebound, non Spanish-speaking white guy to penetrate the depths of the Colombian guerilla-controlled jungle

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The whole South American adventure looks so forced you half expect Schwarzenegger to break into a travel programme piece to camera.

February 12, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Rule of thumb: if Arnold Schwarzenegger is the smartest person in a movie, you've got problems.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

All in all, "Collateral Damage" is entertaining in all the ways a Schwarzenegger film is expected to: bad guys do him dirty, Arnold's character vows revenge, lots of things blow up, and the bad guys get theirs... a more intense actor would have carried it

December 29, 2002 Full Review Source:

An entertaining action movie, nothing more, nothing less.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This simplistic good and evil concept has long been a staple of Hollywood. What is more worrying is that it now appears to constitute American foreign policy.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Loud, noisy, piece of garbage.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

In a world where the cost of real violence and the sacrifices of real heroes are inescapable reality, there is no connection to be made with the empty, ersatz heroics of a movie like this.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
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Audience Reviews for Collateral Damage

In this complex revenge Schwarzenegger outing, we find Gordon Brewer, an ordinary man whose family has been killed by terrorists. We then learn many things that happened before the attack and begin to wonder who is also working with the terrorists. This is the only real twist throughout the film. It is definitely not original and the characterizations are more than likely slapped together, but the action is pretty awesome and the subtle moments between characters is very refreshing. I thought it was extremely cliche and made me role my eyes when I found out that they decided to take the route of seeing a family that looks like his own in order to make the plot work. Overall, "Collateral Damage" is not a bad movie, in fact, it is a lot of fun, but in the end, it's just another average action flick that nobody will remember. It was okay!
April 13, 2012
KJ Proulx

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Collateral Damage is a decent action film, but is predictable and uses plot elements from other, better films to create this story. I was entertained watching this film, but I felt that the film could have been much better. I felt the film was fairly predictable, and that some of the action scenes were derivative. Collateral Damage is a decent action film, but it doesn't try anything new or exciting. The film has potential to be an effective and great action film, however halfway through, the film falls apart slightly, and it becomes predictable. The script suffers from, being predictable and the film ends up being a bit boring. The film had the potential to be a strong action film, but it uses a watered down predictable formula to create its story and thus you lose slight interest in the film. Collateral Damage is a decent action film that does entertain, but it could have been done much better. Arnold Schwarzenegger has done far better action films than this, and though he delivers on-screen, his performance doesn't elevate the film from being a decent film to a good film. Collateral Damage is a decent action, but it never does anything really interesting, and that's a shame because the film had so much potential for being something great Collateral Damage is overall, a decent time waster that could have done much better, but for what it is, it's far from bad but it's clear that the film could have been done much better than this.
October 26, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Guns - Tick. Explotions - Tick. Ridiculous series of events - Tick. A typical post 1990's Schwarzenegger film riding the success of previous years - No Tick.

Collateral Damage hits all the right current affair notes with acts of Terrorism and the innocent people that this effects. While it descends into classic Schwarzenegger, him taking down the entire group of Colombian Terrorists in their own back yard without any guns, knives or pointy sticks its the beggining that grabs you and the emotional involvement as his character deals with the loss of his wife and child.

Lots of surprises and worth a watch, if only for Arnolds impersonation of a German ...

"I'll show you collateral damage! "
February 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

Okay movie. Nothing more. Not really a cretive plot. We have all seen the "revange the death of your family" thing once too many times. I think that Arnold acted better that usual...but still...
And was it just me or was there a Cape Fear reference in there?
January 21, 2011
Martin Sahlin

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