Commando

1985

Action / Adventure / Crime / Thriller

213
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 128388

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix
Alyssa Milano as Jenny Matrix
Bill Paxton as Intercept Officer
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Reviewed by ivo-cobra8 10 / 10

One of the best Action movies made in the 80's

Commando (1985) It is one of the best a American action thriller film out there made in the world. The film is Directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong.Released in 1985, 'Commando' starred action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger as a retired Delta Force operative who must rescue his daughter from the mercenaries who killed his entire team. Also starring a young Alyssa Milano and Rae Dawn Chong, 'Commando' was yet another hit for Schwarzenegger. It is been 30 years and it is still consider it as the one of most best Action war flicks in the world out there.

I eat green berets for breakfast, and right now I am very hungry.

Arnold Schwarzenegger played Colonel John Matrix, a previous Delta Force operative who must rescue his daughter from the mercenaries who killed the other members of his unit. Schwarzenegger previously rose to fame with roles in the 'Conan' films and 'The Terminator.'John Matrix, ultimate soldier and one-man army. Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter (Alyssa Milano) is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, one of his former commandos, and a fully equipped private army. With the help of a feisty stewardess (Rae Dawn Chong) and an old friend, Matrix has only a few hours to overcome his greatest challenge: finding his daughter before she's killed.

In the beginning, there was the masterpiece known as Commando. And the God of '80s Action Excess did look upon it and see that it was good. And all did Arnold Schwarzenegger massacre hundreds of mercenaries in displays of awesome ultra-violence, and Alyssa Milano did rejoice.

After the triple play of The Terminator and both Conan films, Arnold Schwarzenegger graduated to top billing with Commando; a classic '80s action movie which delivers tons of explosions, violence and guns, in addition to containing an assortment of evil villains, cheesy one-liners, big guns, bigger guns and enough dead bodies to keep a mortician's convention busy for days. It was produced by illustrious action super-producer Joel Silver and written by distinguished action writer Steven E. de Souza, not to mention that the primary star is none other than the iconic Arnie. On any level above that of red-faced guilty pleasure, there's simply no way to defend Commando. It's a gloriously primitive and action vehicle which makes absolutely no bones about its absurdity. It never pretends to be anything other than a simple-minded exercise in vicarious violence. Its heart and soul is best by a line of dialogue – a female character, while witnessing two macho behemoths engaged in mano-a-mano fisticuffs, exclaims "These guys eat too much red meat!"

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a delicate talent to work with. If a director tries to make the personality of a character he portrays too complex, the result will be confusion or, at best, unintended hilarity. Mr. Schwarzenegger first appears in ''Commando'' in parts - one huge bicep and then another; when the camera pulls back he is seen to be carrying an ax and the trunk of a large tree down a mountainside to his house. And the early scenes in which Mr. Schwarzenegger, as Col. John Matrix, a retired commando, is at home with his daughter (Alyssa Milano) have an underlying current of humor - it is clear the child would be as comfortable cuddling up to a polar bear.

Great and very intelligent review/retrospective of one of the most badass action movie classics of all times! I love this movie to death and i will always defend it from people who make fun of movies such as this one. I would personally prefer dozens of movies like Commando and Cobra rather than 90% of action movies today. Badassssssss Action flick, it fast Entertained , it has gore of action, tons of violence,The film is violent, and somewhat bloody. You'll see lots of heavy automatic and explosive weapons, and you'll see them used well. I grew up with this film and this film introduced me in to A Schwarzenegger films and a fan today.

10/10 Grade: A Studio: 20TH Century Fox, Silver Pictures Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton Director: Mark L. Lester Producer: Joel Silver Screenplay: Steven E. De Souza Story: Steven E. De Souza, Joseph Loeb III, Matthew Weisman Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 30 Mins. Budget: $10 Million Box Office: $220,532,327

Reviewed by idontneedyourjunk 9 / 10

Coast Guard cutter Marauder shines

A retired black ops colonel has his daughter kidnapped by a former south American dictator who was overthrown years ago by the colonel and his team.

Now he is being forced to assassinate the president they put into power.

The ex-dictator has already taken revenge on all of the team except two: Colonel John Matrix, and discharged-soldier-turned-mercenary, Wez Bennett.

Kicked out of the force by Matrix, and by all accounts is pretty gay for Matrix, is taking revenge the only way he knows how: by dressing up as Freddy Mercury and getting excited by big knives, ifyouknowwhatimean.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Matrix is retired, living in the middle of nowhere.

Somehow, his whole team who have new identities, have been tracked down and killed (turns out it's Bennett with a new crew).

The way in which they find him, says the dictator, is by killing Matrix' old crew so they could follow General Kirby to where he was. But Kirby flies in on a chopper to the middle of nowhere and they're already setup for the ambush. Whatever.

After they get away with his daughter, they bundle him onto a plane to go assassinate the American-installed dictator. But he jumps out of the plane on takeoff, and so begins the ever so casual dismissal of real-world physics.

Okay, I can accept gun blasts that send people flying like they just got tackled by a 120kg linebacker. It looks dramatic.

And I can accept a car rolling downhill through forest, hitting trees and rocks that not only doesn't slow down but gets faster. It adds to the tension and action.

But when you jump out of a plane that's doing 220kph? Even into marsh water, you're dead.

The only explanation from here, is that he's actually dead. He's now gone to heaven, where he's playing out his greatest wish: to get revenge on those who took his daughter and to live happily ever after.

It explains why seconds after swimming out of the marsh, his clothes are completely dry. Anyway.

At the airport, he kidnaps a flight attendant (Cindy), ruins her car and follows Sully, one of the bad guys, to a mall. It just so happens to be the same mall that Arnie goes to in T2. I wonder if he had flashbacks? Cindy dobs him in to the mall cops, which ends up with 15 mall cops going to the hospital and 3 bodies to the morgue. In the ensuing 3:07, Cindy makes a new world record for Stockholm Syndrome, pushes a guy down the stairs and becomes Matrix' new bestest friend.

{car rant/} They then chase Sully as he drives away. The good guys are in a '65 Sunbeam Alpine IV. The bad guy is in a '69 Porsche 911 Targa.

With a 17 second headstart, and an extra passenger, they catch up. They. Catch. Up.

Now, I admit I have a bias for Porsche, but come on:

Car 0-100kph Top Speed

Sunbeam 13.5 160kph

Porsche 7.5 230kph

Against the 911, they might as well be driving a Princess electric iron. {/car rant}

All is forgiven when he hangs Sully over the edge of a cliff with one arm (the director wanted him to do it for real) and says

"Remember Sully, when I promised to kill you last?

"I lied."

*drops*

(Oh, spoilers?)

Skip ahead (he found a hotel key) to his fight against a green beret where he gets to say his other famous line, "fuck you, asshole" ("I'll be back" is in there too). During the fight, they break into an adjoining room where a couple are having sex. The guy is Mikul Robbins, previously in Weird Science.

Fun fact, Gene Simmons, then Nick Nolte were originally chosen for the lead role.

Can you imagine Nolte delivering the line "I eat green berets for breakfast". Of course we'd know he was talking about the hats and would be totally serious.

Matrix then finds a bill that leads them to a dock warehouse that contains map coordinates that lead them to the bad guy's island hideout. This is a pretty complicated setup for an action movie.

But before they fly off in a stolen plane, they go shopping for guns. All the guns.

He gets arrested by police but Cindy frees him from the paddy wagon by shooting it with a rocket launcher. Okay.

As they fly to the island, Paxton gets his mark, as Coast Guard cutter Marauder. I don't know what that means, but it sounds cool. They dip below radar ("We lost them, sir") and fly on to the island.

Matrix proceeds to 80's style kill everyone and blow everything up. He messes it up though, and runs from the explosion instead of casually walking away with the explosion in the background. -10 Cool Points.

The battle with the last boss is the Australian Bennett aka "Freddie Mercury on steroids" (his own words. Personally, I think it's mostly the moustache), who looks like he's wearing a chainmail vest, but it's actually woolen. His clothing is tight because they were for a previous actor who got fired. They didn't have time to alter anything.

They start with guns, move to knives, fists and anything they can get their hands on (pipes, a furnace door, fire, high voltage transformers, 1d4 damage my arse), with a very surprising number of puns. Only 1.

The good guy saves the daughter, gets the girl, and rides off into the sunset (in a '42 Grumman Goose, close enough) and somebody else has to clean up the mess.

Official body count: 81. A fairytale ending.

Reviewed by atlasmb 8 / 10

Schwarzenegger Surprises

When Arnold Schwarzenegger first said he wanted to be an actor and had plans to become an international superstar, few thought he would find success. His strong accent seemed an unassailable obstacle. But he found roles that fit him and proved his detractors wrong. He played Conan, a barbarian role that did not require modern day English. Then he played the Terminator--an android whose stilted language was custom made for Arnold's talents.

In "Commando", he plays John Matrix, an elite ex-commando--originally from Germany--whose talents are desired by evil forces. His speech in this film is still somewhat stilted, but he was on his way to achieving his goals.

The plot is classic suspense, complete with a ticking clock countdown that keeps viewers fully engaged in every moment. He has to achieve a nearly impossible task before the clock expires or his daughter will be sacrificed. Alyssa Milano plays the daughter, Jenny, to perfection. And Schwarzenegger convincingly plays the caring father part (compare to Jason Statham in "Homefront").

Raw Dawn Chong plays Cindy, a flight attendant who reluctantly becomes involved in Matrix's mission, adding more humor to the story. The film never takes itself too seriously, and includes the casual puns we have come to expect from a Schwarzenegger (or James Bond) film, especially when he dispatches an adversary.

Matrix is a physical specimen with unbelievable strength and skills. The director stresses this so that we believe it when Matrix uses his incredible power, as when he lifts an occupied phone booth overhead. This is fun stuff. An invincible hero does the impossible in accomplishing an ethical task. The role was made for Schwarzenegger.

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