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.
Incredibly weak and one-dimensional, i.e. your typical Arnie movie. Lame plot: every scene is just a set up for another action sequence. Any character depth or development is token - the scenes where Matrix interacts with his daughter are cringingly lame and superficial.
Then, of course, there's the acting, especially Arnie's. He's not there for his acting ability, and it shows. Alyssa Milano, only 12/13 years old at the time, puts in an okayish performance though. Dan Hedaya is badly miscast as the head villain - the role was beneath him and he really deserves better.
Only worth watching if you've never seen an explosion or a fight before.
Definitely worth another look if you have even a passing interest in the action fare of the 80's.
Mark L. Lester's "Commando" has everything what an 80īs macho action movie should contain of. Gun battles, fist fights, offensive structure, one-liners ("Remember when I said I'd kill you last? I lied,"), a wishy washy plot and a high body count. "Commando" was produced just when Arnold Schwarzenegger was beginning to get that actionhero status and when he could pull of one liners and get away with it. I like the 80īs vibe, the latinamerican soundtrack that is played throughout the movie, the mindless and non-realistic action, the sometimes poor action sequences when you see model buildings explode and the great casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vernon Wells, Dan Hedaya, the lovely Rae Dawn Chong, David Patrick Kelly, Bill Duke and the cute Alyssa Milano. "Commando" is pure nostalgia for us who were teenagers in the 80īs and yes thereīs plenty of flaws and logic holes in the film, but you sort of expect it and embrace it. Trivia: In 1986, a sequel was written by Steven E. de Souza, and revised by Frank Darabont, with an eye to having John McTiernan direct. The script was based on the book 'Nothing Lasts Forever' (1979) by Roderick Thorp, but Schwarzenegger wasn't interested in reprising the role. The script was then reworked with a new central character, eventually played by Bruce Willis, and became Die Hard (1988). The plot of the abandoned sequel would had seen Matrix being hired by a big corporation to oversee their security to protect their executives from being kidnapped. To stop people breaking into their building and to make sure their computers are secure. So he sets it up and hires the most dangerous people to be guards in the building and then lo and behold - he discovers the people he's working for are in the illegal arms business and the big corporation is a simply a front. The end of the movie would see Jenny and Cindy, who is now a lawyer, trapped in the building and Matrix now has to defeat all the people he hired - all the meanest, toughest guards - as well as the security systems, the guard dogs, everything.
there is a scene wear he kills people with random stuff he finds in a shed