To be as big a movie star as Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the Nineties requires a certain level of vapid charm, which James Cameron weaponizes here as a major source of humor. "True Lies" is essentially a Roger Moore Bond vehicle, only with more mastery over its tongue-in-cheek tone; oh, and about an hour's worth of the runtime is devoted to peerless action spectacle that still looks astonishing in 2019.
I should hate this film by all accounts. There are valid reasons to accuse this film of sexism, racism and sheer over the top stupidity. But....it's so much fun. It's so out of wack that I just am amazed by it. The only issue is the pacing but even then who cares. Unfortunately, Cameron's later films are also stupid but they lack the insanity. It feels more like a Verhoeven film with it's sheer unabashed lunacy.
It took me a while to sit down and watch this film. I found it to be equal parts ludicrous and semi-entertaining. I've never liked Arnold too much in anything(maybe only in a comedic way) and he doesn't change my opinion here. It's probably the second best Arnold playing an everyday American in which no one questions his accent.(#1 is Jingle All the way)The much hyped Jamie-lee Curtis scene did not disappoint though.
Goofy as hell, but it also happens to have the best action scene in cinema history. It involves a fighter jet, a fat guy, a missile, a helicopter full of terrorists and a skyscraper with a lot of windows. The result is pure, hilarious, awesome magic.
And thus begins the downslope of Schwarzenegger's career. A classic "good" bad movie. It's sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, and unintentionally funny. Still, something about the action sequences and awkward storyline is entertaining.