Eraser Reviews

  • Apr 04, 2019

    John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - a top U.S. Marshal for the Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC) - specializes in "erasing" high-profile witnesses: faking their deaths to protect them from anyone that might silence them. After erasing mob witness Johnny Casteleone (Robert Pastorelli), Kruger is given a new assignment by his boss, Chief Arthur Beller (James Coburn), to protect Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), a senior executive at Cyrez Corporation, a defense contractor. Lee warned the FBI that top-level Cyrez executives covered up the creation of a top secret electromagnetic pulse rifle and plan to sell the weapon on the black market. In an FBI sting operation, Lee accesses the Cyrez mainframe and downloads data on the EM rifle onto two discs: one for the FBI and one for her own protection. Vice President William Donohue, her boss, detects Lee's intrusion and orders her into his office. After finding Lee's hidden camera and threatening her with a pistol, Donohue commits suicide in front of her. Lee delivers the disc to the FBI but, disillusioned by their broken promise to guarantee her safety, she refuses Kruger's protection offer... Roger Ebert, gave the film 3 stars out of a possible 4. He wrote that there were so many plot holes that "it helps to have a short attention span", but that Eraser is nonetheless "actually good action fun, with spectacular stunts and special effects" and a spirited performance from Williams "running and jumping and fighting and shooting and kicking and screaming and being tied to chairs and smuggling computer discs and looking great." By the time "Eraser" came out in 1996, Arnold Schwarzenegger had recently had one bomb on his CV, "Last Action Hero" (1993) and one hit "True Lies" (1994). So on one hand his career had become a bit unstable at that point, but yet "Eraser" was a commercial success, grossing over $242 million against a budget of $100 million. The fact is that this film is simply average and not a classic Arnold film in my eyes. The plot is nothing really special (and there´s plenty of plot holes) while the "rail-gun" seen in the film carries a somewhat intriguing concept. The effects and CGI are wobbly and not up to scratch even for being 1996. The main cast is not bad with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, James Coburn and lovely Vanessa Williams, but everything ends up in a mish mash of ridiculous action sequences where Arnold can play out his macho persona and yet he is not that convincing as John Kruger. In my book "Eraser" marked the beginning of the end of Arnolds golden action hero years.

    John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - a top U.S. Marshal for the Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC) - specializes in "erasing" high-profile witnesses: faking their deaths to protect them from anyone that might silence them. After erasing mob witness Johnny Casteleone (Robert Pastorelli), Kruger is given a new assignment by his boss, Chief Arthur Beller (James Coburn), to protect Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), a senior executive at Cyrez Corporation, a defense contractor. Lee warned the FBI that top-level Cyrez executives covered up the creation of a top secret electromagnetic pulse rifle and plan to sell the weapon on the black market. In an FBI sting operation, Lee accesses the Cyrez mainframe and downloads data on the EM rifle onto two discs: one for the FBI and one for her own protection. Vice President William Donohue, her boss, detects Lee's intrusion and orders her into his office. After finding Lee's hidden camera and threatening her with a pistol, Donohue commits suicide in front of her. Lee delivers the disc to the FBI but, disillusioned by their broken promise to guarantee her safety, she refuses Kruger's protection offer... Roger Ebert, gave the film 3 stars out of a possible 4. He wrote that there were so many plot holes that "it helps to have a short attention span", but that Eraser is nonetheless "actually good action fun, with spectacular stunts and special effects" and a spirited performance from Williams "running and jumping and fighting and shooting and kicking and screaming and being tied to chairs and smuggling computer discs and looking great." By the time "Eraser" came out in 1996, Arnold Schwarzenegger had recently had one bomb on his CV, "Last Action Hero" (1993) and one hit "True Lies" (1994). So on one hand his career had become a bit unstable at that point, but yet "Eraser" was a commercial success, grossing over $242 million against a budget of $100 million. The fact is that this film is simply average and not a classic Arnold film in my eyes. The plot is nothing really special (and there´s plenty of plot holes) while the "rail-gun" seen in the film carries a somewhat intriguing concept. The effects and CGI are wobbly and not up to scratch even for being 1996. The main cast is not bad with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, James Coburn and lovely Vanessa Williams, but everything ends up in a mish mash of ridiculous action sequences where Arnold can play out his macho persona and yet he is not that convincing as John Kruger. In my book "Eraser" marked the beginning of the end of Arnolds golden action hero years.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    amazing movie !!! But not recorded in HD on the Xbox verry disapoting. Charter and PS4 it is. Why I'm not buying it ??One on my favorite Arond movies to.

    amazing movie !!! But not recorded in HD on the Xbox verry disapoting. Charter and PS4 it is. Why I'm not buying it ??One on my favorite Arond movies to.

  • Aug 15, 2018

    This movie is ridiculous levels of bad, but it's enjoyable to sit and laugh at. Even though this movie is dated, it still relates how corrupt today's government is and how I find this movie's plot plausible in the level of scandal the government will get into.

    This movie is ridiculous levels of bad, but it's enjoyable to sit and laugh at. Even though this movie is dated, it still relates how corrupt today's government is and how I find this movie's plot plausible in the level of scandal the government will get into.

  • Mar 11, 2018

    Such an awesome movie!! One of the most underrated movies of all time. excellent plot, great action, James Caan makes a great villain, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfect for this movie.

    Such an awesome movie!! One of the most underrated movies of all time. excellent plot, great action, James Caan makes a great villain, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfect for this movie.

  • Feb 25, 2018

    it's an Arnie movie. What more is there to say? There's tons of action, bad guys, and James Caan acting his butt off. Oh yeah, there's also crocodiles

    it's an Arnie movie. What more is there to say? There's tons of action, bad guys, and James Caan acting his butt off. Oh yeah, there's also crocodiles

  • Jan 08, 2018

    I saw this movie when it came out and had a great time. It is just an action movie plain and simple. A great supporting cast and one of Arnie's better movies post True Lies.

    I saw this movie when it came out and had a great time. It is just an action movie plain and simple. A great supporting cast and one of Arnie's better movies post True Lies.

  • Dec 25, 2017

    i used to love this movie back in the day, but it's a typical dumb 90s action movie. has some entertainment value. but lots of dumb stuff, things that make no sense. arnold speaking is hilarious (about 3 viewings)

    i used to love this movie back in the day, but it's a typical dumb 90s action movie. has some entertainment value. but lots of dumb stuff, things that make no sense. arnold speaking is hilarious (about 3 viewings)

  • Sep 10, 2016

    I'd be okay with this movie being erased. "You're luggage."

    I'd be okay with this movie being erased. "You're luggage."

  • Jul 20, 2016

    Typical Arnold film.

    Typical Arnold film.

  • Jun 18, 2016

    Poor film. Lots of explosions etc but failed to entertain and keep me fixed to it.

    Poor film. Lots of explosions etc but failed to entertain and keep me fixed to it.