Enjoyable, but by-the-numbers action pic. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as U.S. Marshall John Kruger,
an agent in charge of enforcing the Federal Witness Protection Program. He erases the
identities of witnesses to protect them from those they are testifying against. His latest
charge is Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), an employee at a arms manufacturing company, Cyrez,
which has manufactured large quantities of an experimental and deadly rail gun and is
preparing to sell them on the black market. Things get dangerous when the arms conspiracy
reaches some important goverment officials, and a mole is discovered within the agency.
Kruger must risk his life to protect Lee and stop the bad guys. The plotting and characterization
in this film never aim for much, they simply serve as a means to traverse from one action
sequence to another. Luckily for Eraser, those action scenes are a hoot to watch. From a couple of
tremendous stunts, gadgetry that would put James Bond to shame, and a plethora of post mortem
one-liners, Eraser is great fun to watch. James Caan and James Coburn lend their weight to
the film as Kruger's mentor and his boss, respectively, and Robert Pastrelli does lends a hearty
dose of comic relief. Don't expect a masterpiece from Eraser, but you can expect a good time.
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