Collateral Damage (2002)



Critic Consensus: 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 casualties included one civilian woman and one small boy--Gordy's family, innocent people who lost their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Gordy's only consolation for the loss of his family is the hope that the Wolf will be stopped before he has a chance to strike again. When the official U.S. investigation into the Wolf stalls, Gordy realizes that bringing the terrorist to justice is no longer a priority to anyone but himself. Gordy heads to war-torn Colombia to track him down alone.
R (for violence and some language)
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Gordon Brewer
Elias Koteas
as CIA Agent Peter Brandt
Francesca Neri
as Selena Perrini
Cliff Curtis
as Claudio `The Wolf' Perrini
John Leguizamo
as Felix Ramirez
John Turturro
as Sean Armstrong
Raymond Cruz
as Junior
Tyler Posey
as Mauro
Lindsay Frost
as Anne Brewer
Ethan Dampf
as Matt Brewer
Jay Acovone
as Bennie
Todd Allen
as FBI agent
Pedro Altamirano
as Fisherman
Greg Collins
as Agent #3
Norm Compton
as Brandt's Bodyguard
Pedro Damien
as Guerrilla Motorista aka River Rat
Daniel Friedman
as Helicopter pilot #2
Rick Garcia
as CNN Anchor
Jane Lynch
as Agent Russo
Madison Mason
as Undersecretary Shrub
Nicholas Pryor
as Senator Delich
Bruce Ramsay
as Brandt's Aide
Millie Slavin
as Secretary of state
Michael Cavanaugh
as Chairman Paul Devereaux
Jack Conley
as Forensic specialist
Don Fischer
as Paramedic
Penny Griego
as Jenni Luz
Rick Worthy
as Ronnie
Flor Edwarda Gurrola
as Teenage girl
Omar Ayala
as Boatman
Louis Bernstein
as Hot Dog Vendor
Ehecatl Chavez
as Augustine
Estaban Cueto
as Estaban
Ronald Donahue
as Bomb Squad
as Hysterical woman
Jossara Jinaro
as Rosetta
Marianne Lewis
as Agent Davis
Clint E. Lilley
as Buzz Cut
Shelley Malil
as Doctor
Enrique Muñoz
as Captain Miguel
Raul Pozos
as Ernesto
Joe Rentaria
as Safe House Guerrilla
Fernando Sarfati
as Federale
John Varea
as Ortiz
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
as Helicopter Pilot #1
Jsu Garcia
as Roman
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Critic Reviews for Collateral Damage

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (33)

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

Full Review… | February 8, 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

A pretty decent action picture.

Full Review… | July 29, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Ugly, predictable and dumb as dirt.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

A stinker.

February 17, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Schwarzenegger tries hard to act but in the end the foolishness of the thriller formula becomes ridiculous.

Full Review… | February 16, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
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
Christopher Alcock

Super Reviewer

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