Collateral Damage: Sidney Baldwin
EW Staff
February 07, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Collateral Damage

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/08/02
performer
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cliff Curtis, Elias Koteas, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri, John Turturro
director
Andrew Davis
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Michael Colleary, Mike Werb
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

The title refers to the wife and son of fireman Gordy Brewer (Schwarzenegger), who happen to be in the wrong place when Colombian terrorists bomb an L.A. consulate: Civilians aren’t the primary target, but they do get killed. The term also threatened to become an epitaph when the movie was yanked from an Oct. 5 release slot in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Five months later, director Davis asserts that ”not one frame” of the film — which has Brewer discovering that his terrorist nemesis has also lost a son, in a U.S.-orchestrated attack — was reshot or toned down. ”It didn’t need any alteration,” says Davis. ”The message is, violence begets violence. You create monsters by creating tragedy.” But how much room is there for conscientious debate in a flick filled with things blowing up and Arnold looking angry? ”Andrew tried to make this much more complex,” says Leguizamo, who plays a motormouthed cocaine kingpin. ”He had to deal with the studio and their idea of what a Schwarzenegger picture is about.”

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