Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Los Angeles fireman Gordon Brewer whose wife and son are killed by a terrorist’s bomb. Gordon travels to Columbia to find and kill El Lobo (Cliff Curtis), an infamous leader of Columbian rebel forces credited for the bombing. However, El Lobo slips away for another attack on America. Can he find the Wolf before he strikes again? Delayed for release by the events of September 11 and already drawing some criticism for its depiction of Columbia’s problems with drug cartels and internal civil war, the intense action film is sure to generate plenty of interest and create emotional discussions.
In one scene, El Lobo comments about Gordon, as a fireman, saves lives but now desires to take life. U.S. military actions against drug operations in Latin America are compared at one point with terrorist actions, since both kill non-combatants. In one fight Gordon bites a man’s ear off and, in another gruesome scene, El Lobo kills a man by feeding a snake down his throat. Numerous explosions and brutal killings keep the action going. No sex scenes interfere with the action, but a gratuitous scene shows rear nudity, mottled by shower glass. Numerous obscenities and strong profanity further corrupt COLLATERAL DAMAGE.