CINEMA: ARNOLD, BACK TO BASICS

ERASER SMARTLY REMYTHOLOGIZES A HOLLYWOOD ICON

The bad guys have chased Vanessa Williams into the reptile house of a Manhattan zoo, when Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up. He fires a round into the alligator case, breaking the glass and freeing dozens of killer creatures. They eat most of the villains like canapes, but one of the beasts heads for our star. It's about to devour him when he blasts the gator to leathereens. "You're luggage," Arnold observes.

He's baaaack. After three jokey films (Last Action Hero, Junior, True Lies) that defiled the great stone totem that is Schwarzenegger, Eraser is a return to basics. The film, which had...

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