Strike Commando Reviews
Worth a look for the cheesy fun of it, but not much more.
This is the kind of direct-to-video actioner I used to love to re-enact as a kid, pretending my mate's garden was a jungle in deepest 'Nam while toting plastic machine guns. In fact, the protagonist from this seems to have one of my "anything-proof vests" (bullet-proof was no use against grenades)which I came up with during one such melee.
'Strike Commando' (from Bruno Mattei) adheres to the time-honoured Italian Z-Grade tradition of ripping off (sometimes entire sequences) from any genre-compatible movie in shooting distance; most notably 'Rambo: First Blood Part II' and 'Missing In Action' here. Our hero may even kill more baddies than Stallone and Norris in the silly fight scenes: and at one point, he greets an enemy with the strangely cordial "Hi Charlie!" before ceremoniously bumping him off.
Reb Brown starred in quite a few of these such movies, but this one is notable for a very amusing mano o mano fight scene with a bear-like Russian (those commies didn't half get around in the '80's) who repeatedly taunts him with the legend: "AMERICANSKI!" before engaging our brave commando in a headbutt battle.
Sigh. Those were simpler times.
If you've never seen it and you love action movies, especially pure cheese, Get this.
While operating behind enemy lines, Sgt. Mike Ransom learns of a Russian presence in North Vietnam. Ordered to obtain proof of this discovery, Ransom returns to enemy territory but is captured and subjected to a variety of tortures. Eventually he escapes to continue his mission despite being hampered by a traitor in his own ranks. And he must fight and survive!
So the story is like a jungle version of Rambo but with movie gory elements and scenes, And some of the action scene from Rambo were stolen and stuck in this movie. A matter of fact the ending footage to the Last Hunter was stolen and stuck in this movie.
But it's Mattei what more do you want....???
So the acting is very bad, and Bruno no doubt does one take and moves on to the new scene, while forgetting were this story was going....He is working with no doubt less than $200,000$. Though the music was pretty good and some entertaining action scenes, Enough deaths and gore to keep one watching, the film is not boring at all.
The special effects are bad when there not stock.
Funny I remember seeing online a Japanese site dedicate to his films, Teens that were aware of his films would go as there favourite movie by him. And the photos on the site were mostly kids from doing. "Hell of the Living dead", And "SS Girls". Next time I am there something I need to get involved in.
Overall unlease you wont to spend an hour and a half watching a Rambo rip-off I say go right ahead and my final verdict is recommended.
BTW i am the first one who reviewed this!