YMMV / Eraser

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Could it be that the two doctors at Cyrez trying to "revive" Johnny Castellone were part of the "program" Haggerty mentions, and were purposely attempting to murder him by electrocution? It sure seems so, when they repeatedly shock him. And the enthusiasm of the one manning the paddles (played by Camryn Manheim) suggests to this troper a certain level of malicious purpose. "Let's try it ONE MORE TIME!", even though she can see he's awake and aware, shaking his head in a negatory gesture and screaming through the bit placed in his mouth.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper is the corrupt, bespectacled mastermind behind the Cyrez Scandal. Striking a deal with a group of Russian terrorists, Harper secretly oversaw the mass production of electronic railguns that were due to be shipped that night. Harper appoints U.S. Marshal Robert DeGuerin with the task of eliminating potential witnesses of his plans; of those killed is Claire Isaacs, an employee of the Washington Herald and Lee Cullen's best friend. A man driven by greed, Harper risks global terrorism by distributing the rifles, but he doesn't care as long as he reaps the benefits, even threatening to have DeGuerin killed if the latter wouldn't finish the job on time.
    • The aforementioned Robert DeGuerin is fellow Marshal John Kruger's Evil Former Friend and mentor. When it was reported that a mole was murdering several witnesses within the Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC), DeGuerin reveals his true colors by shooting his own witness and pretending to resuscitate her in order to stifle her screams. As Kruger began to suspect him of being the mole, DeGuerin drugs his drink, and murders WITSEC deputy Monroe with John's gun; when he regained consciousness, DeGuerin frames John for the murder, rendering him a fugitive. DeGuerin plays a crucial role in a conspiracy led by Daniel Harper that revolves around selling electronic pulse rifles on the black market, preferably to Russian terrorists. When John and Lee Cullen infiltrate the Cyrez Corporation for information clearing their names, DeGuerin kidnaps her and takes her to the Baltimore harbor. After the final battle between him and Kruger renders him trapped underneath debris, DeGuerin begs Kruger for help only to try to shoot him with his gun. A sociopath who abuses his position for his own ends, DeGuerin doesn't care if his actions lead to a new wave of global terrorism as long as he benefits.
  • Critical Research Failure: Dr. Cullen, apparently a physicist, explains that a rail gun fires "caseless aluminum shells at nearly the speed of light."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Back in 1990 or so, A&E had a short-lived series called Naked Hollywood, which focused on different aspects of Hollywood. The premiere episode featured a comparison of Actors and Movie Stars, and the distinction between the two. The two people who the episode primarily focused on were Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan.
  • Moment of Awesome: Arnie, plus two railguns. You do the math.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • If you look carefully at the ending scene where the limo is destroyed by an oncoming train, you can catch the fact that the limo actually explodes before the train even touches it!
    • Though probably convincing in its time, by today's standards, the CGI alligators (done by Industrial Light and Magic, no less!) look extremely cheesy.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Eraser: Turnabout, a game loosely based on the movie, was a lame 2D shooting gallery with full motion video that was quickly forgotten upon release.