Suburban Commando Reviews
A space warrior sent to earth to recharge...filled with many unbelievable scenes & situations.
This may appeal to younger children but it's bad...I guess it's funny to see Hulk Hogan act.
So for better of worse Hogan is an alien that is basically space Rambo, he wears unconvincing plastic looking armour and carries unconvincing plastic looking weapons with flashing lights on them. It all looks like its been made by a fan for a comicbook convention, basically very good cosplay.
The film also kicks off with a pretty bland looking 'Star Wars' rip or homage however you wanna look at it. Its virtually shot for shot as a huge lumbering spacecraft slowly glides over the top of your screen like the Star Destroyer in 'A New Hope'. We then see a pretty terrible looking space battle with familiar looking laser shots all over and the intro of the supreme bad guy who is a short bald human. Maybe a bit of 'Spaceballs' going on there, mirroring Rick Moranis.
Most of this film comprises of small action and comedy sketches set up for Hogan to abuse with his big frame. So you get various silly scenes where he beats up bad guys, stops petty crimes, helps kids, helps old ladies, the odd pratfall and goofiness due to his super strength etc...its all very predictable and childish but then it is a kids flick.
In all honesty Hogan is a reasonable comedy actor and does ham it up nicely, he is also clearly great with kids which is nice and adds a genuine gentle touch to the films infantile bits. The best part of the film is the pretty sweet alien monster costume which appear when the bad guy transforms (yep he was a nasty alien creature all along). This suit is actually pretty scary for a kids flick which isn't surprising seeing as its a Steve Johnson creation. Other than that the rest of the effect are tacky as hell but that does kinda add to the charm I can't deny.
A typical low budget looking B-movie affair that didn't really do anything other than give Hogan some work to do. but despite that it is a warm fuzzy little flick with a good heart.
However, Hulk Hogan is perfect for the role. He is constantly over-the-top and nothing more than a violent he-man. He is given several 80's style one-liners which he hilariously tries to deliver to rare success. Suburban Commando is fun due to it's stupidity, it's colourful setting and it's good musical score, as well as the occasional laughs. I think as a kid I would have liked this due to it's science fiction nature and funny Hulk Hogan, and frankly I enjoyed turning off The English Patient to watch this. The fact is, Suburban Commando is dumb, unserious fun.