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Lacking 30% less nutrition then other action movies but has lots of high fructose syrup and sugar.

  • Jun 14, 2009
Movies like Commando can't be made anymore. 

Oh, a good thing you say?  What happened to the simple days when a guy with a gun and any reason you could think of for blowing away a small army was all you needed?  Everything now has to be plotted out, planned and it makes for movies while a hell of a lot more logical a whole lot less fun.  Less fun means fewer repeat viewings and needing to find better ways to spend your time.  For good old fashioned destruction, Commando rocks.

John Matrix is a retired soldier who apparently was part of some kind of super duper tactical force who is living in the hills with his cute little daughter.  Matrix's old commander visits him and tells him members of Matrix's old unit are being killed off and to stay alert.  Sure enough after he leaves, the bad guys come and abscond with Matrix's daughter.  Matrix also learns that one of his former teammates, a puffed up Freddie Mercury lookalike with an armor vest that looks like it was made out of pop tabs is in cahoots.  His name is Bennet.  The ringleader is a man named Arius who tells Matrix he is to travel to nation he helped get Arius overthrown from and kill it's new leader and Matrix can have his daughter back.  Matrix agrees, but shortly after heading off on his misison, he escapes custody and must carefully plan his moves and find clues that will help him reuinte his daughter before Arius learns that Matrix has gone missing and has his daughter killed.

This is Arnold Schwartzenager's big movie right after The Terminator and while this movie is far lower on the totem pole of brain power and story that The Terminator has, it doesn't let up one second on the action, be it car chases shooting LOTS OF SHOOTING,  knife fights and fist fights with Arnold uttering one of my favorite Arnold lines.  Getting into a fight with the great Bill Duke, Duke tells him "This Green Beret is going to kick your big ass!" 

Arnolds retort?  "I eat Green Berets for breakfast!"  Awesome.

The final piece of the movie is as I said above, the one man Arnold army vs, well a real one as Arnold manages to destroy just about every piece of Arius's army BY HIMSELF.  Someone send John Matrix overseas RIGHT NOW.  The whole scene is about as believeable as Jethro Tull winning another award for best metal album but I digress, it's a fine piece of wanton destruction.

The one scene that I really liked in this doesn't even involve action, it was where Bennet is telling Arius about the good ol' days of how awesome he and Matrix were, saying that none of Arius's puny soldiers could stand a chance.  I don't now what it is about this, but I found it real cool.  Kinda gives you that spooky edge for when Bennet and Matrix lock up later on, you could have mountains crumbling and rivers running wild.

I don't have the extended DVD of this but it will be something to buy one of these days since new cuts and other scenes are viewable.  It's a reason to see this again.

Like I said Commando is short on brains and long on action.  If you have a craving for some good ol' fashion Arnie destruction, then check it out.  If you need a little more thought in your movies Commando is lacking in nutrional value.  It's like bacon, very tasty but bad for you, and we all know when we eat bacon right?  I'll give you a hint, it goes great with Green Berets.
Lacking 30% less nutrition then other action movies but has lots of high fructose syrup and sugar. Lacking 30% less nutrition then other action movies but has lots of high fructose syrup and sugar. Lacking 30% less nutrition then other action movies but has lots of high fructose syrup and sugar. Lacking 30% less nutrition then other action movies but has lots of high fructose syrup and sugar.

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June 15, 2009
Another 80's classic and a great review. I love the Green Beret line. Also great was the, "My friend is dead tired" and "remember when I told you I would kill you last? I lied". Arnold was at his best...especially when he smelled the bad guys coming!
June 15, 2009
I also just rememberd Arnie ripping out a giant phone booth from the floor. That guy who was Sully was the same little weasel from 48 hrs and I know he has that line in The Warriors "COME OUT AND PLAA-AY!"
June 15, 2009
Yeah...Good calls. Also he was the villain in Dreamscape. I think his entire body of work was playing creepy bad guys. You are right that the fight scene in the mall was great. In addition to the phone booth, he beat up like 30 security guards.
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Quick Tip by . January 01, 2012
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Another Arnie 80's action cheese fest, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Lots of over-the-top action, cheesy one-liners, overblown music scores, all so much fun to be had watching this. Simply put, if you love 80's action movies and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is popcorn action heaven.
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Arnold is mad as hell when his daughter is kidnapped and declares war on the world in this action movie. Ultra stupid at times but it's ultra entertaining for an action film.
Quick Tip by . January 07, 2010
Arnold vs a litteral army to save his cute daughter from a deposted dictator. Super fun and super awesome but super stupid
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Commando is a 1985 American action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film's use of humor in an action film context became a distinctive element in Schwarzenegger's later roles.

John Matrix is a retired special operations operator who once led an elite unit. He left the service to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix's friend Major General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former disgraced member of his unit who was presumed dead, is still alive. Bennett has kidnapped his daughter to try to force Matrix to commit a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself "El Presidente") and his gang of other disgraced U.S. soldiers. Arius is a warlord formerly bested by Matrix during a fictional revolution; he now wishes to lead a military coup in his home country, Val Verde. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.

After Matrix is taken aboard an airplane heading to the foreign country, he kills the henchman guarding him and jumps into a swamp just as the plane is leaving the runway. Matrix then sets his stopwatch for the approximate time of the flight. Subsequently, he commandeers the car of Cindy, an off-duty flight attendant, and enlists her help by explaining the disaster that has befallen ...

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