Collateral Damage (2002)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 30, 2002
Box Office: $40.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as CIA Agent Peter Bran...

as Selena Perrini

as Claudio `The Wolf' P...

as Felix Ramirez

as Sean Armstrong

as Anne Brewer

as Bennie

as Matt Brewer

as FBI agent

as Agent #3

as Brandt's Bodyguard

as Guerrilla Motorista ...

as Helicopter pilot #2

as CNN Anchor

as Agent Russo

as Undersecretary Shrub

as Senator Delich

as Brandt's Aide

as Secretary of state

as Chairman Paul Devere...

as Forensic specialist

as Paramedic

as Jenni Luz

as Ronnie

as Boatman

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Augustine

as Bomb Squad

as Hysterical woman

as Agent Davis

as Doctor

as Captain Miguel

as Ernesto

as Safe House Guerrilla

as Helicopter Pilot #1

as Roman
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Critic Reviews for Collateral Damage

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It will be remembered less for its generic content than for the real-life events that give it an eerie resonance.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Schwarzenegger in very violent vigilante film.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

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]

Full Review… | May 25, 2009
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


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.

Alex roy

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! "

Christopher Alcock

Super Reviewer

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