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A sadistic 80's action film starring Arnold.

  • Jul 30, 2009
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Commando follows the story of Matrix (Schwarzenegger), a former covert special Ops soldier who's targeted for revenge by one of his most despised enemies (Dan Hedaya).  The goons kidnap his little girl (Alyssa Milano) and they hold her until he assassinates a newly elected Latin American president.  But old Arnie isn't about to do any body's dirty work and vows to kill anybody and everybody who gets in his way.   Betrayal is something else on his plate as he learns his old "buddy" Bennett (Vernon Wells) is on the opposite team and wants a little revenge for their falling out a few years back.  With the help of a stewardess (Rae Dawn Chong) Matrix breaks into an Army Surplus store to steal some heavy weaponry and declares war!

This was one of Arnold's typical 80's roles before he started to make more mainstream films. He's pretty much the whole show recycling bad one-liners and playing pretty much the same sadistic character who seems to enjoy maiming, impaling and breaking people's necks and joints. There's one thing that has been worrying me about this picture and it has puzzled me for years, what kind of relationship did Bennett and Matrix have? They seemed to enjoy each others company very much. 

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July 30, 2009
Matrix probably saw Bennett at one time as a successor and when Bennett had his mean streak or whatever he did to get thrown out of Matrix's unit, it broke his heart. I love this movie. Stays pretty much on one level and rocks on it.
July 30, 2009
I think Bennett idolized Matrix and Matrix held Bennett in contempt due to his sadistic nature. My favorite part is when Matrix was able to smell the bad guys coming. Great movie!
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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.
Quick Tip by . October 10, 2010
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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
review by . June 14, 2009
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Lacking 30% less nutrition then other action movies but has lots of high fructose syrup and sugar.
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 …
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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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