In our recent year-end review, Harry put forth the controversial opinion that Skyscraper is a perfect action movie. This week, John attempts to unpick that theory with a look at one of the ultimate dumb-action classics, James Cameron's True Lies...
True Lies stars accent-challenged action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Tasker, trigger-happy secret agent by day, loyal husband and father by night. However, his worlds begin to collide when he suspects his wife of having an affair with an enemy agent, and a terrorist plot threatens to tear his family, and the world apart!
In this week's episode, we discuss silly action vs stupid action, the icky racism (and sexism) at the heart of this movie, and debate whether 90s action truly peaked when Arnold chased a motorcycle-riding terrorist through a luxury hotel... on horseback.
James Cameron famously cancelled plans for a sequel on the grounds that terrorism was no longer funny in a post 9/11 world. He's probably right, but would it be possible to extract the best elements of this movie and leave the more problematic parts on the cutting room floor? That's the challenge we're setting ourselves this week as we pitch some sequels to bring Arnie out of semi-retirement, finally show Jamie Lee Curtis some goddam respect and give the awesome Eliza Dushku the big screen action epic she deserves...
Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast dedicated to pitching sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to classic standalone movies that don't have any. From Titanic to True Lies, we're 99 episodes deep and we're not planning on slowing down anytime soon.
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00.00: Why would anybody ever trust Arnie to go undercover?
41.30: True Lies Drinking Games
50.40: True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day
1.03.20: True Lies II: Meet The Taskers
1.13.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 100 Preview