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The ultimate '80s Schwarzenegger movie, replete with a threadbare plot, outsized action, and endless one-liners. Read critic reviews

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Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger
Colonel John Matrix
Alyssa Milano
Jenny Matrix
James Olson
Major General Franklin Kirby
Matthew Weisman
Writer (Story)
Joseph Loeb III
Writer (Story)
Steven E. de Souza
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Robert Kosberg
Co-Associate Producer
Stephanie Brody
Co-Associate Producer
Joseph Loeb III
Associate Producer
Matthew Weisman
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  • Aug 18, 2019
    Action films don't impress me much. They're extremely boring, anticlimactic, unsatisfying, and for the most part bad films. Do the plots in these films actually matter? Probably not. These films have outlandish or undeveloped storylines that take a backseat to action sequences that involve the hero of the film being a one man army taking down countless "bad guys." It's an excuse for violence from men with too much testosterone and roid rage that appeals to the adolescent moviegoer. Apart from a bad script, there are numerous horrible one-liners and bad acting. This is why "Die Hard" was such a great film, the hero of the film didn't look like everyone who came into his way was doomed. But in "Commando," Arnold Schwarzenegger's character John Matrix is no match for the countless obstacles that are preventing him from saving his kidnapped daughter, played by a young Alyssa Milano. Matrix is a former member of a special forces unit. His daughter is kidnapped and he is blackmailed by a former Latin American dictator named Arius (played by Dan Hedaya who is probably better remembered by American audiences as Nick Tortelli on "Cheers"). Arius wants him to commit a political assassination so he can lead a military coup. So, that's it, that's why he was abducted and his daughter was kidnapped. Matrix is able to escape and with the help of a woman he kidnaps named Cindy, played by Rae Dawn Chong, he is able to track Jenny down to a little island off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. And how that's possible is beyond me, and again, does it matter? Schwarzenegger is a likeable guy. We want to root for him but does he really need us to root for him? As the audience, we know he's going to come out alright and that the "bad guys" never have good aim even when he's right in front of them.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2018
    Let the story, acting, stunt-work, script, cinematography, production value, and just about everything else all dribble away while you sit back and enjoy watching Arnie kill more than 80 antagonists in about 80 minutes.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2017
    Classic Arnold here, Full of Awful but great cheesy lines, Strong bloody violence and the whole save my daughter from the bad guy plot, It's so predictable we are waiting for Arnie to kill the bad guy so we can hear the next one liner, Yes the acting was pretty bad but you got to love that the plot was so simply explained we had time to enjoy the mindless action without wondering what's happening, Any action fan should watch this as it's a must see for every growing boy.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2017
    A typical Arnie film. It has everything, the cheesy one-liners, the over the top action and everything that showed to the world that Arnie was just getting started as an action star, before the Terminator 2 juggernaut came along.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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