El Lobo: The fireman, huh?
Gordon Brewer: The coward who kills women and children.
El Lobo: You Americans are so naive. You see a peasant with a gun on the news, you change channels. But you never ask, "Why does a peasant need a gun?" Why? You think you're the only ones who can fight for independence?
Gordon Brewer: Independence to do what? Kill my wife and son?!Collateral Damage
is an action thriller from 2002, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
After his family is killed in an explosion caused by Colombian terrorist El Lobo, New York city fireman Gordon Brewer sets out to get him.
Originally set to be released in the October of 2001, the film had to pushed to early 2002 due to 9/11 attacks
This film has the examples of:
- An Axe to Grind: El Lobo is finished off with an axe, which Gordon throws on his back.
- Batter Up: Gordon, in his anguish, thrashes the Colombian embassy office with a baseball bat when he hears his family referred to as "collateral damage".
- California Doubling: Set in Colombia, filmed in Mexico.
- The Cameo: Arnold's buddy Sven-Ole Thorsen appears briefly as a man smoking a cigarette right before the fateful explosion happens.
- Chekhov's Gun: The video claiming the authority of the bombing.
- Chekhov's Skill: Gordon is a fireman. This comes in handily when he wants to get access to a bombing place (he can help), escaping a building on fire (he remains calm and knows how to avoid the flames), vividly describing Armstrong what the effects of being burned alive are in order to frighten him, and using a fireman's ax as a weapon in the movie's climax.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Averted. The CIA are depicted as protagonists, particularly Brandt.
- Sliding Scale Of Silliness Vs Seriousness: Again, very serious when compared to other Arnold films.
- Small Reference Pools: Averted to some degree. While obviously a Hollywood action flick, the movie cares to differentiate between the Colombian government, the Guerrillas (FARC), the paramilitaries and the US government/CIA/DEA.
- Latino Is Brown: On the other hand, Chocó, Colombia, where Gordon travels to is in real life almost completely inhabited by black people. However, not a single black person appears in the film.
- Technical Pacifist: Unlike other action movies dealing with terrorists, Gordon never uses a firearm at all to kill anyone. Even in the scene when escaping from a police roadblock in Colombia and disarming an officer's AR-15, he just throws it away the instant he gets shot at.
- Too Much Information: Gordon tells Armstrong in vivid detail what will happen to him if he burns alive, while being caged in a burning jail, in order to convice him to give his safe-conduct.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What the Colombian diaspora in Los Angeles thinks of the FARC.