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Collateral Damage (2002)
 
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This is yet another guns and explosions macho vigilante movie, staring the bizzare scowl of Arnold Schwarzenneger, the future Governor of California. The movie's release was delayed for a year after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 because it shows terrorist bombings killing people in America. I'm surprised it was released at all since it still includes arguments by the terrorists justifying why they kill innocent people. They probably didn't want to waste the excellent snake scene.

Schwarzenneger plays Gordy Brewer, an L.A. Fire Department Captain who swings a big firemanorwoman's axe, saving or killing people with it as needed. The law enforcement types all call him The Fireman. After his wife and son are killed by a bomb planted by a Colombian terrorist called The Wolf, Brewer gets hot for revenge. He sneaks into Colombia, where the CIA is waging an undercover war between the drug-trafficking terrorists and the drug-trafficking government, to find and kill The Wolf. He discovers that Colombia is a tough place - he gets shot at by policemen and terrorists, he gets washed over a waterfall and thrown in jail. Then he blows up a cocaine factory, bites a man's ear off, and finds The Wolf and his wife, who's a Fox. She turns out to be beautiful but deadly, my second favorite kind of villain, after a snake, of course.
 
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The Snake Scene

After The Wolf finds out Brewer snuck into the terrorists' camp and destroyed it, he punishes one of his soldiers for letting it happen. A couple of soldiers force the man's mouth open with a sadistic dental clamp and hold him down while The Wolf takes a snake out of a terrarium, puts it in the man's mouth, and lets it crawl down his throat. That's all it takes. The man is dead in about a minute, either choked to death or maybe snake-bit on the inside, we don't know for sure. Either way, it's disappointing that it happens so quickly. It's not as much fun as a snake-bite-to-the-eyeball, but maybe they should get a few points for originality.

We're probably supposed to think that the harmless live milk snake they used is deadly venomous, but I don't know why that would matter if the guy choked to death. They didn't even need a snake. They could have used hot dogs. And what is supposed to happen to the snake? Does it suffocate and die, too? Is it supposed to come out the other end and get put back in the terrarium? This is just bad snake-used-as-a-weapon screenwriting. Of course, the snake did not really crawl down the actor's throat. You can clearly see that it's crawling away on the other side of the actor's mouth.
 
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The snake scene is just included to show us how horrible The Wolf and his terrorists are, just in case we didn't get the message watching them blow up innocent women and children. We immediately go back to more explosions, gunfights, and chase scenes involving Brewer who throws an exploding toy dinosaur out of a window, jump-flies away from explosions, and finally electrocutes The Fox and kills The Wolf with, you guessed it, a firemanorwoman's axe.