I’m going to start doing what I call “Lightning Reviews,” along with my normal reviews. These are going to be quick peeks into my thoughts and feelings about the movie, usually about a paragraph or two. Now, onto the review!
John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a US Marshall who is part of the Federal Witness Protection Program. His job is to “erase” federal witnesses by removing any trace they ever existed. When on assignment to protect Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), he discovers a mole within the US Marshalls selling high-powered weapons to terrorists. Kruger is framed as the mole and goes on the run to protect Cullen and expose the real traitors.
Eraser isn’t a bad movie, it just isn’t great either. The plot is cookie-cutter, and makes sense as long as you don’t think about it too much (Remember Schwarzenegger getting shot in the arm a few seconds ago? Yea, he can still hang onto an I-beam several stories in the air without a problem). Schwarzenegger’s one-liners are zingy as always, but his acting is nowhere near is best. However, Williams’ acting is solid and prevents the film from being completely terrible. The action sequences were pretty cool. My favorite scene is a fight between Schwarzenegger and several thugs in an alligator exhibit. All hell breaks loose when Arnie shoots the alligator tanks and they go on a feeding frenzy. This is a generic action film that is good to kill an afternoon, but not much more than that.