Notable Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Dan Hedaya
As the first film in my marathon celebrating Arnold Schwarzenegger's return as a lead in "The Last Stand", I felt it was high time to revisit the cult classic "Commando." Although the film is fairly simple in plot and horribly acted, "Commando" is one of those films that is just hard not to love. It's completely over the top with its action and if there was any film that could define 80s bad action films - it would be this one. For the record, I cannot call this a good film. I can call it a delightfully fun film though.
John Matrix (Schwarzenegger) has been living a simple life with his daughter Jenny (Milano) on the outskirts of town. Seeing as he is a retired Colonel who spent most of his life doing horrible things, he has decided to refocus his life around raising his young daughter. That is until a pissed off dictator he overthrew previously decides he wants back into power and he makes the horrible mistake of kidnapping Matrix's daughter in an attempt to make him do his bidding. John now only as 11 hours to find his daughter and kill the bad guys before they kill her. Lock and load.
|Ironically, Arnold keeps the deer around as a potential weapon to beat you with.|
|The least deadly thing in this picture: the knife.|
That true focus, if you haven't already guessed it, is THE ACTION. This is where "Commando" shines at its brightest and for a week dedicated to celebrating Arnold's career it couldn't have been a better way to kick it off. The Austrian death machine churns out destruction like no one else in this. Whether it's massive exploding complexes, firing an infinite amount of bullets, ripping phone booths out of walls, or using gardening tools to dismember a small army (I shit you not), "Commando" has it all. If you need action, this is where it will be found.
|They desperately needed to do a Rambo/Matrix spin off film.|
*BLOODY TRIVIA: There were plans for a sequel to "Commando" and a script was even written, but when Schwarzenegger declined it was retooled. The retooled script ended up being "Die Hard."
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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