review by Bobby Blakey
In 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up with Nigthmare on Elm Street 3, The Scorpion King and The Mask director Chuck Russell for the action flick Eraser. The film was a massive hit and just further added to Schwarzenegger’s bad ass filmography. Now apparently Warner Bros has done a remake of sorts titled Eraser: Reborn starring Dominic Sherwood, Jacky Lai, McKinley Belcher III, and Eddie Ramos from The Quiet Ones and Deep Blue Sea 3 director John Pogue.
Eraser: Reborn follows U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard who specializes in “erasing” people – faking the deaths of high-risk witnesses. With the technological advances of the last 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned to Rina Kimura, a crime boss’ wife who’s decided to turn state’s evidence. As the two flee to Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of merciless assassins on their trail, Pollard discovers he’s been set up. Double-crossed and fueled by adrenaline, he needs to be at the top of his game, or he’ll be the one who’s erased. Permanently.
I love the original Eraser flick and always hoped Schwarzenegger would make a follow-up but alas that never happened. Now almost 30 years later we are getting a new chapter of the series, but in a more reimagining or reboot of sorts. It has no connection to the original to my knowledge other than the lead guy erases people. The film doesn’t have any big notable cast, which could have been beneficial, but sadly the film finds itself placed right into the middle of generic and forgettable.
The story is simple enough reminiscent of every straight to home release action flick that comes out. The action here is actually pretty well done, but not enough to save this film from itself. The clichéd dialogue and one liners
wear thin pretty quick which is sad because that was part of the charm of the action flicks of the 90s. His need to say “You’ve been erased” just feels forced and unnecessary. Add to the mix some bad CGI that includes bringing both a Hippo and Rhino in on the action and you get the kind of flick you are walking into.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including making of featurette taking you behind bringing this new take on the action classic. Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Eraser: Reborn available now from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.