Director: Mark L. Lester
Writers: Steven E. de Souza; Joseph Loeb III; Matthew Weisman
Music Composed by: James Horner
Producer: Joel Silver
Keywords: Action/Thriller, Explosions, Unintentional Comedy
John Matrix is a black ops commando living in quiet retirement at his mountainside home. But after his former squadmates are killed one-by-one and his daughter kidnapped by former colleague Bennett in an effort to coerce him into assassinating a South American president, he commences a one-man war against Bennett and his army of henchmen. Ridiculous over-the-top action replete with one-liners; must-see.
|Arnold Schwarzenegger|| ... Matrix|
|Rae Dawn Chong|| ... Cindy|
|Dan Hedaya|| ... Arius|
|Vernon Wells|| ... Bennett|
|James Olson|| ... Gen. Kirby|
|David Patrick Kelly|| ... Sully|
|Alyssa Milano|| ... Jenny|
|Bill Duke|| ... Cooke|
|Drew Snyder|| ... Lawson|
|Sharon Wyatt|| ... Leslie|
|Michael DeLano|| ... Forrestal|
|Bob Minor|| ... Jackson|
|Mike Adams|| ... Harris|
|Carlos Cervantes|| ... Diaz|
|Lenny Juliano|| ... Soldier|
|Charles Meshack|| ... Henriques|
|Chelsea Field|| ... Flight Attendant|
|Julie Hayek|| ... Flight Attendant|
|Hank Calia|| ... Latin Man|
|Walter Scott|| ... Cates|
|Gregory W. Elam|| ... Biggs|
|George Fisher|| ... Security Guard|
|Phil Adams|| ... Officer in Galleria|
|Ava Cadell|| ... Girl in Bed|
|Mikul Robins|| ... Boy in Bed|
|Branscombe Richmond|| ... Vega|
|Matt Landers|| ... Fred|
|Peter DuPont|| ... Daryl|
|Tom Simmons|| ... Kirby's Driver|
|Bill Paxton|| ... Intercept Officer|
|Richard Royce|| ... Intercept Officer|
|John Reyes|| ... Val Verde Heavy|
|Billy Cardenas|| ... Val Verde Heavy|
|Edward Reyes|| ... Val Verde Heavy|
|Vivian Daily|| ... Woman Officer|
|Thomas Rosales, Jr.|| ... Young Guerrilla|
|Ronald C. McCarty|| ... Guerrilla|
|Jim Painter|| ... Police Officer|
Review by anonymous (posted on 18-Aug-2005)
This is quite possibly the greatest
action film ever made, with its brilliant off-beat humor and non-stop
action. Arnold's dialogue and the characters the most memorable of any
film that ever won a meaningless Oscar. Starring the Great Arnold
Schwarzenegger as Colonel John Matrix, a retired army commando living
peacefully until an ousted dictator played by Dan Hedaya forces him to
kill the current president of the former despot's country, Val Verde.
Starring the ever-awesome Bill Duke, David Patrick Kelly, and the
master of badassness Vernon Wells, playing Bennett, Matrix's soldier
that he had thrown out of the unit, and traitor to him, that kidnapped
his daughter. This movie has infinite replay value due to the
impressive violence and Arnold killing 80 people in it in many
different ways. For example he drops Sully off of a cliff, breaks
Henrique's neck, impales Bill Duke on a piece of wood, shoots Dan
Hedaya in the chest with a shotgun, and the coolest death scene ever
with Vernon Wells, the infamous steam pipe throw through the chest.
Followed by the great "Let off some steam Bennett" one-liner after the
death. It would take too many pages to describe this film's greatness,
I only hope some day it comes out on DVD with special features, with
many behind-the-scenes looks and possibly various commentaries. Stop
reading this and buy Commando right now.
Review by kwazymon (posted on 8-Mar-2005)
This movie was kind of cool, in a retarded way. Arnold is a retired commando who's trying to lay low in the back woods with daughter Alliso. He's forced out of retirment when some evil drug-lord for unspecified reasons kidnaps kid to force Arnold to do his bidding. Arnold's gonna have none of that and tracks down the bad guy somewhere in South America, traversing the entire contnent of North America in one day looking for clues.
Arnold finds the guy, guarded by a British commando type guy and the final duel is predictable.
Good Scenes: Arnold while fighting the entire army of Columbia who are guarding the bad guy's house, comes out of a tool shed slinging circular saw blades at his opponents. Great stuff.
All in all, worth a peak at the video store.
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