True Lies

True Lies

Directed by: James Cameron

Friday, March 19 - Saturday, March 20, 2010

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“Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) doesn’t realize that her snooze of a husband, Harry (Mr. Schwarzenegger), is a globe-saving spy. But that’s just the start of the story. Like Sandra Bullock, who drives the bus in Speed, in the course of TRUE LIES Ms. Curtis changes from a mouse to an action hero. Her change is witty and liberating, and a turning point in a film that might be a comic-action version of Scenes From a Marriage

“Much of the appeal of TRUE LIES comes from the smooth grafting of battle-of-the-sexes comedy onto a high-tech action picture. The movie’s advertising art includes a clever, apt image: a hand grenade with an engagement ring as its pin. James Cameron, the film’s writer and director, blows up plenty of bridges, trucks and jets here. Along the way he explodes sexual stereotypes too.

“Mr. Cameron is the master of movies that put women at the center of the action. He is responsible for the macho Sigourney Weaver in ALIENS and the pumped-up, rifle-toting Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Expanding women’s roles in action movies like these, and to a lesser degree in Jan De Bont’s Speed, has little to do with charting social change (as if these movies cared). It is simply a smart commercial move. Traditionally, action films have been directed at male viewers; adding a character with whom women can identify broadens the audience appeal. But pop culture always reflects mainstream attitudes, if only inadvertently, and in their exaggerated ways these films hint at how women’s lives have changed.

“The heroines of ALIENS and Terminator 2, however, developed their biceps between movies, in the time lapse between the original films and the sequels. By showing Helen’s transformation in TRUE LIES, Mr. Cameron charts the comic course of a female stereotype falling to pieces.” – The New York Times

“Directed by James Cameron (the Terminator films, THE ABYSS), who approaches the creation of entertainment the way that some people approach nuclear engineering (and with roughly the same budget), the movie is a high-powered amalgam, combining the far-fetched acrobatic nihilism of a James Bond adventure, the bullet-spattered pow! of an action thriller, and the buoyant screwball charm of Romancing the Stone… TRUE LIES is so eager to give you a giddy good time that you’re more than happy to let it work you over. It’s a likably disposable pop cocktail.” – Entertainment Weekly

R, 141 Minutes
USA, 1994


"It's fast, crude and has enough explosions and cartoon-style violence to satisfy our baser instincts... the last 40 minutes [are] a feast of neck-breaking, torso-blasting violence."
- Time Out (London)


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