Eraser is mid-level Arnold, a hardware-heavy, high-body-count actioner that tries to compensate for a B-movie script with advanced artillery and high-tech mayhem.
Script by newcomer Tony Puryear and vet Walon Green [from a screen story by them and Michael S. Chernuchin] centers upon Schwarzenegger’s John Kruger, a government ‘eraser’ expert at making witnesses disappear for their own safety. His new case isn’t so easy: the witness in question, Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), has the goods on some turncoats in the defense field who plan to sell a load of top-secret super-guns.
From the beginning, characters are introduced just to serve as cannon fodder – in particular, Cullen’s ex-b.f. and a reporter friend. After Kruger stashes Cullen safely in New York’s Chinatown, it becomes apparent that she isn’t safe after all, indicating a mole in the system and causing a confrontation between the steadfast Kruger and his boss and mentor, Deguerin (James Caan).
Looking leaner than usual, Schwarzenegger strides through the proceedings with his customary unhesitating purposefulness. Williams is similarly all business as the besieged young patriot willing to go the limit to expose government evildoers, while Caan schemes and threatens with evident glee.
Most of the gunplay is pretty standard-issue. Special effects are mostly solid without being awe-inspiring or gargantuan.
1996: Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing