After the squealing car chase, the shoot-out in the abandoned warehouse, and the bombed building, the action-movie cliche making the biggest splash this summer is the detonated fish tank. Taking a cue, perhaps, from 1985’s Year of the Dragon and 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2 — both of which feature exploding water worlds — Tom Cruise shatters a wall-size aquarium in Mission: Impossible and Arnold Schwarzenegger similarly empties an alligator pen in Eraser. Though both scenes are making waves with audiences, Mission co-screenwriter Robert Towne brags that his version is the big kahuna. ”The difference is in quality,” he sniffs, adding that this trend is ”just finding its fins.” Sounds fishy.
Posted June 28 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT
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