James Cameron’s True Lies (1994) stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret government spy, disguising himself as a lowly computer salesman who travels a lot for business. His life consists of convincing his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter (Eliza Dushku) that he’s a normal guy, living a normal middle class life, until his wife finds out about his career and his family is threatened by a maniacal terrorist organisation.
If you want to read some high quality analysis of this, I’d definitely recommend reading Roger Ebert’s review, written in 1994 when the film was released. In the mean time, here are some thoughts that I had on this film after watching it.
- I watched this film with a group of friends directly after The Invisible War (2012) – and rightfully so. It provided the comic relief that we needed after watching one of the the heaviest and most socially worrying films in the universe.
- We were also discussing the fact that everyone’s dad knows and loves this film. Conclusion: True Lies is a film for dads.
- True Lies is best known for the iconic striptease scene where Jamie Lee Curtis has to perform a sexy dance routine in her underwear for a mystery man who is actually her husband in disguise.
- I found this situation so sketchy. What kind of husband would ever do this to his wife? So humiliating, considering all his secret spy friends were in on the joke too. Worst husband ever.
- I also can’t believe he used a lot of government resources just to freak his wife out. They were using a number of helicopters at one point. So expensive for the taxpayers. Also vaguely threatening?
- The act of the story where Jamie Lee Curtis has to be a spy for a little bit was just strange. It was like a film within a film because once that bit was done, the film reverted back to the normal course that was previously being set up, to do with the terrorists smuggling bombs and ancient artefacts.
- I just learned that Jamie Lee Curtis won a Golden Globe for her role in this film. I actually think Emma Thompson should have won the Globe instead for her role as Schwarzenegger’s wife in Junior (1994). She should have won an award for going anywhere near that film.
- I fell asleep somewhere in the middle of this film, and woke up just as the highway action scene was happening, before the showdown with the main villain. It’s funny because I think I missed quite a bit of the story, but I also didn’t really miss it because I could still keep track of everything.
- Tia Carrere is in this film. Does anyone remember her television show, Relic Hunter? I quite liked it back in the day because she was like a female version of Indiana Jones.
- Bill Paxton (Pullman? I can’t tell them apart) is in this film briefly as a sleazy guy who attempts to charm women by pretending he’s a spy on the run. This side-story was also pretty unnecessary, but at the same time, slightly interesting.
- It’s weird because I didn’t hate this film, even though I fully expected to. True Lies doesn’t try to be anything more than it is – an outrageous, slightly comedic action film. In that way, it’s pretty fun, but the action still didn’t stop me from falling asleep.