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Commando Reviews

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April 3, 2018
Pure 8o's gold. A film that must never see a remake. A film so over the top with the best Arnie one liners you will BE BACK for more.
March 24, 2018
Great 80s action flick.
Super Reviewer
March 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.
March 6, 2018
Good fun action movie with Arnold scarchneegar.
December 19, 2017
This movie is just horrible. Arnold Schwarzenegger shooting armed baddies could have been at least fun, but Commando is not. It has tons of mindless, long action sequences with little to no weight to them. The third act is essentially all action, which just gets boring after a point.
November 27, 2017
Commando. Now this is one of those movies that got the cheese and the breeze. The over-the-topness also have the power to be highlighted as many kill counts they ever got. Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for saying one-liners through his films. In Commando, he has to rescue his daughter from the baddies, the general played by Dan Hedaya and Bennett by Vernon Wells who also thinks he dresses like Freddie Mercury. It's just non-stop action throughout the whole thing. I like the fight scenes in this especially the fight with John Matrix and Cooke and an ending fight scene between John and Bennett. You know, the one-liners that Schwarzenegger says is non-stop, much like he says them from the previous film The Terminator. These are the lines which he says through out the film, ''Wrong.'', ''F$k you.'', ''F$k you, a**hole!'', ''I lied.'', ''I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I'm very hungry!'' and ''Let off some steam, Bennett.'' Yes sirree! It's just non-stop action throughout the entire movie as I've said. Of course, if you're a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I would probably watch this. There's a cameo appearance of Bill Paxton and that's about it. If you enjoyed Arnold Schwarzenegger's stuff then Commando is your Chucky cheese fun!
September 3, 2017
A classic 80s Arnie "leave-to-to-me-&-I'll-kill-the-baddies" action. Not sure there's more plot than that... It's fast, doesn't waste much time and has gun battles & explosions a plenty. Perfect for Schwarznegger.
August 7, 2017
This is probably one of my favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Even though in most categories it's just stupid logic, it's really stupid in a FUN and even GOOD way.
July 19, 2017
Lot of action. Lot of people shot. Interesting but on the lame side.
July 18, 2017
A true 80's action classic that doesnt go out of style. Is this a groundbreaking, soul drenching motion picture masterpiece? NO!
This is a straight up 80's action movie, full of the cheesiest one liners that cracks me up everytime I watch it...and I LOVE it!
Arnold is fantastic in this over the top action film that you can feel is trying to be somewhat serious but just can't get there due to the one liners and the directors use of making Arnold seem like a real live ''HE MAN''.
Everything our hero does and says in this movie is so funny as Arnold delivers it with such deadpan humour that you as the viewer can tell is really unintentional.
This really is such a classic in the action genre that I feel to this day has not been replicated. It's the sort of movie where your hero has 1000 bullets flying at him and not one hits. And because it's Arnold it just makes sense. It truly is an action masterpiece and I feel worhty of a top 3 spot in the 80's action genre.
½ July 6, 2017
I consider this the most Arnold of all Arnold Schwarzenegger action films, meaning it's a wildly cartoony 1980s style action film. However, if you actually take a close look at Arnold's filmography, he really did not make very many of these types of these overblown actions films that Stallone seemed to endlessly make. Arnold was just coming off his massive success with "The Terminator" (this film does have Arnold say "F- you, a-hole." and "I'll be back.") and he no longer had to swing a sword and wear a loincloth to earn his paycheck. In this film he plays John Matrix, a retired special forces commando who's daughter (Alyssa Milano) is kidnapped by South American despot, the great (and badly miscast), Dan Hedaya, so he can blackmail Arnold into working for him. Also working for Hedaya is the terrifically smarmy David Patrick Kelly and Vernon "The Road Warrior" Wells as a former commando buddy of Arnold's who's now changed sides. The film was written by Steven E. de Souza, who's 80s action films were always complete comic book fantasies and never made any attempt at realism. He also was probably the worst offender of cheesy one liners after someone is killed or injured by the film's hero. One line from this film, "Let off some steam." is probably my all-time favorite bad one-liner in an action film. Another action film cliche is mis-matched partners, which in this film is Arnold being helped by airline stewardess Rae Dawn Chong, who actually does a very good job of being funny and charming and more of a real person trapped in an overblown action film. You also get Bill Duke as a thug, and very small early role for Chelsea Field and Bill Paxton. Produced by Joel Silver ("Lethal Weapon," "Die Hard," "The Matrix," etc.), photographed by Matthew F. Leonetti ("Red Heat," "Strange Days," "Dawn of the Dead"), and edited by Mark Goldblatt ("Rambo: First Blood Park II," "The Terminator 1 & 2," "The Last Boy Scout"), this film has quite an action film pedigree that's hard to beat. You also get a classic muscular 80s style score from composer James Horner, who first cut his teeth in the business composing scores for action, horror, and sci-fi films, and later went on to work on more prestige of projects like "Field of Dreams," "Titanic," "Braveheart," "Apollo 13," and "Glory." If I'm not mistaken, I think I've heard this score re-used in a number of Hong Kong action films. I think my main complaint about this film is that director Mark L. Lester does not really bring a lot to the picture. The action is lacking any kind of excitement or suspense. There are some good hand-to-hand fight sequences, but I think that's more to the credit of the fight choreographers than Lester. I will give Lester credit for some ironic laughs, such as Arnold's initial reveal, which is done by a close-up shot of big boots, a close-up of a big chainsaw, a close-up of a big bicep, back to the boots again, and then the other big bicep, and finally Arnold's big head carrying a big log on his shoulder. I was also amused by a charmingly dated pre-cell phone scene where a David Patrick Kelly has to steal a quarter and race to a phone booth to make a call before before Arnold can stop him. Overall, this is a complete cheesy action film, but Arnold is good in the lead and outside of bland direction is a well crafted action film.
July 2, 2017
Don't make them like this anymore!
Super Reviewer
½ June 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.
June 18, 2017
I've said it before and I will say again.
Sometimes you want to watch a movie with very little thought required and simply be 'blown' away.
Well this film delivers for both attributes and damn is it good!
Plenty of cheesy 1980s action here. Plenty of bone crunching, arm decapitation, explosive, ammunition required action.
It basically and I say that in the most loosest term follows the story of a retired U.S. army Colonel Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) living peacefully with his 10 year old daughter vowing never to return to his old army life.
However the peace is broken one day when Matrix is warned that a Latin American dictator is killing members of Matrix unit one by one and Matrix could be next! Hence the requirement for two quite frankly useless armed gaurds.
Literally two minutes after the warning terrorists arrive on the scene to hunt down Matrix however not to kill him..yet.
They want to capture him and use his special army skills whilst using the kidnapping of his beloved daughter as security.
Here is where all hell breaks loose as Matrix uses his skills to escape capture and rescue his daughter using the help of some random woman on the way.
The action scenes are surprisingly well executed.
Schwarzenegger is at his mid 80s muscle bound prime before his foray into politics and man boobs.
The obligatory line 'I'll be back' is sneaked into the script.
All in all a great film.
½ June 2, 2017
arnie at his action best
May 31, 2017
Best Movie of all time!
½ April 4, 2017
One of the best so bad it's good action pictures of the 80s.
March 28, 2017
The definition of action cheese is commando watch this hysterical movie as soon as possible.
½ March 25, 2017
Arnold should be ashamed with this movie.
Super Reviewer
March 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.
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