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Erased (2013)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 31

Derivative to a fault, Erased squanders some nifty potential and its talented cast in a bland retelling of a story action fans have seen too many times before.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

Derivative to a fault, Erased squanders some nifty potential and its talented cast in a bland retelling of a story action fans have seen too many times before.



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When ex-CIA agent Ben Logan (Eckhart) discovers that he and his daughter have been marked for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy, a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues as Logan tries to outsmart his hunters and uncover the truth. (c) Radius TWC


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Arash Amel

Jul 16, 2013

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (31)

Arash Amel's plot is a hodgepodge of threadbare motifs, liberally cut and pasted from every thriller you've seen.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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"Erased" isn't actively bad, it's just doing something that has been done a whole lot better before.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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'Frances Ha' is the most purely enjoyable and sweet-tempered movie the exceptionally talented Baumbach has made his nearly two decades as a director.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
MSN Movies
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'Erased' is an entertaining enough action outing with plenty of well-done elements to recommend it.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
MSN Movies
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It promises little, and half-heartedly delivers.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Eckhart and Liberato may not act as if they're in Retread-land - Olga Kurylenko, meanwhile, as a CIA handler, barely acts at all - but this "Erased" is eminently forgettable.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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you lose interest in (Erased) very early on.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

Good opening premise and a fine cast, including Olga Kurylenko, but "Erased" is otherwise a story well-travelled.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Eckhart's cold blue eyes, sturdy, unsuspecting frame and his chiselled, pointy Doberman features stir a sense of murky mystery that fit the role particularly well and add extra juice to some rather overcooked scenes.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source:

[Erased] turns out in the end to be a solid VOD release, with Eckhart lifting his leading role out of anonymity and claiming it with a driven if not outstanding performance.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

...a fast paced thriller with high tension that never lets up, with award-quality music by Jeff Danna and fine performances by Eckhart, Liberato, and Kurylenko...

May 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Characters we genuinely care about are lost in a movie that almost dissipates before our very eyes.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

A cold and lifeless feature that offers a couple of good performances yet it fails to tell any sort of an intriguing story.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The combination of Arash Amel's convoluted but involving screenplay, Philipp Stoelzl's sure-handed helming, and some brisk editing make Erased one of the more intelligent and gripping international thrillers of recent years.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Although Erased goes through the motions of its various spy games efficiently enough, you never completely forget that you're watching an imitation of far better movies.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Everything about Erased feels generic, from the dialogue to the plot twists to the action sequences.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

If you're a spy thriller fan or love the perpetually underrated (and in need of a better agent) Eckhart, you may be surprised. Everyone else has a better alternative this weekend.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source:

Erased may be earnest, but at its core, it's empty

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Audience Reviews for Erased

Be careful who you work for.

Good movie! The plot moves quickly from story setup to action, and the suspense never lets up from there. In summary, this isn't the best thriller this year, but it sure is a damn fine viewing, especially if you like the genre. With good production values and that sleek look that blockbusters have it will definitely entertain you.

An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.
January 19, 2014
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A smart, swift, confident and intelligent piece of popcorn action movie entertainment. A thinking-man's thriller with charisma and well-done elements that make it terrifically entertaining. It's a sharpened combo of Taken meets Bourne. Aaron Eckhart is fantastic, he adds the right amount of intensity, emotion and even a little bit of heart. A sharp, heart-pounding and frequently gripping edge of your seat thrill-ride that's filled with gripping suspense and exciting action from start to finish.
October 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

The last time I saw Aaron Eckhart in a movie was The Dark Knight with a memorable performance as Two-Face and since then I have not heard nor seen give him in anything. Though if this movie is any indication on Eckhart career is that he hasn't done anything worth checking out since then.

The Expatriate is about an ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter who are forced on the run when his employers mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy. The plot mainly suffers from heading into familiar territory that other spy thrillers already explore without any good original ideas. The few good moments that this film has are burrowed from superior films like The Bourne series. The daughter character can get annoying time and it's not actress Liana Liberato fault she gets on your nerves, she just got a very poorly written character. The plot is somewhat interesting when we get to learn about our characters past and despite it plot not being thrilling for a second it wasn't a pain to watch. At least the father and daughter relationship was interesting to see which helps drive the film forward since the spy plot here is in the "been there, done that" category. The plot is unoriginal, but it did have some interesting aspects about it that didn't completely boring.

The acting in this film is stiff from our too leads. Eckhart shows little effort in his part to convince us that he's this ex-CIA agent and not once did I believe him in his role. He stutters most his lines making it more difficult to understand what he is saying. Unlike other actors who played secret agents like Liam Neeson and Matt Damon, Araon Eckhart (he only kills two with his bare hands) is not allowed to kill many people chasing him down due to low budget. Liana Liberato is a bit better in the acting department, but her character will get annoying times. Though for some odd reasons she looks exactly like one of exes from my high school years. Despite our two lead stiff performance their chemistry is very believable. The supporting cast don't fare out any better, but some of them at least tried to put some effort in their performances. The cinematography is good here and you could tell the director tried to do his best with what was given to him. He does make the best of the action scenes despite their obviously low budget to make decent looking and despite the plot lacking thrills the director does show he cared in telling a story.

The Expatriate is too familiar to separate itself from other spy thrillers and despite a good effort in it direction it's not thrilling in any way. If you haven't seen many spy thrillers this might give your money worth, but for the rest of us it's just better to watch the spy films this burrows from.
October 12, 2012
Caesar Mendez

Super Reviewer

Erased is the prime example of a movie which simply does not need to be made. Ostensibly, Erased is a 'thriller', about the ever-ubiquitous ex-CIA agen ("black ops as the movie often reminds us) who is set up as part of a vast conspiracy, and the ensuing cat-and-mouse game that results. Unfortunately, Erased doesn't deliver on its premise to any real effect, resulting in something that feels bland and lackluster in execution.

Erased's script features stilted and obvious dialogue, in a story populated by actors that are thinly written and one-note. The conspiracy never makes much sense, and is very poorly integrated in to the film. What good spy thrillers do is involve the audience in a mystery and chase for the truth that is tension filled, what
Erased does is give vague exposition with bland action, and no real sense of stakes. We never care about what's going on, because the film never seems to.

The acting in Erased, though filled with a talented cast, is poor all-around. Aaron Eckhart does not have the intensity level required for such a role, and is matched with Liana Liberato, a child actor who suffers from the terrible script. The other supporting actors are all bland and just "there", with no one doing anything to elevate the material.

The actions scenes are terribly un-interesting, filmed in the most obvious ways imaginable. What action does transpire feels muted and thrill-less. There's never any tension to be had, things just seem to unfold in a "going through the motions" manner. This is undoubtedly a testament to the bad direction, which does nothing to distinguish the film.

A disappointing all around execution.

1.5/5 Stars
July 20, 2013
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

    1. Marty Braymer: He's just an engineer.
    2. Anna Brandt: CIA Black Ops, you idiot. We don't make engineers.
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    1. Ben Logan: Remember...
    2. Amy Logan: Corners are safe.
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