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 him and Jenny. The two follow Sully, the henchman designated to watch the plane leave, and Matrix kills him by dropping him off the side of a mountain. Then they drive to the hotel that Matrix was planning to stay when Cooke, a disgraced Green Beret, arrives to Sully's motel room he is then killed by being impaled by a broken table leg during a hand-to-hand fight with Matrix.
After Matrix learns where Arius' mansion is located (presumably where Jenny is being held), he breaks into a surplus store and steals a veritable one-man arsenal of both small arms and heavy weapons. Matrix is interrupted by the police, who have shown up to investigate the disturbance, and is arrested. Cindy frees him by overturning the police van with a rocket launcher.
After commandeering a seaplane from a nearby marina run by Arius, Matrix and Cindy land the plane off the coast of the island where Arius is located. Matrix instructs Cindy to contact General Kirby and then proceeds to Arius' villa. After Matrix uses the weapons and explosives to kill most of Arius' forces, he then proceeds to Arius' villa. He subsequently kills Arius with a shotgun.
Matrix finds Jenny in the basement, but he is shot in the arm by Bennett. Matrix then taunts Bennett into facing him in a knife fight to which Bennett cannot resist. After a fierce struggle, Matrix gains the upper hand and Bennett, defeated, reaches for a gun. Matrix then impales Bennett with a steam pipe. Upon this, Matrix says for Bennett to "let off some steam Bennet". After Kirby arrives with a military detachment, Matrix, Cindy, and Jenny fly off into the sunset.