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In this early action classic that features his unique blend of thrills and offbeat humor, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Col. 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.
A massively underrated action thriller that kept Arnold Schwarzenegger occupied between mid-'80s blockbusters, Commando may be one of the last shoot-out films ever to have real characters in it. Not, of course, that they're anything other than stereotypes, but they're painted with such detailed, positive strokes that it's impossible not to relate to them. Arnie plays a retired military special-ops officer whose daughter (played with an expert balance of cute/feisty by Alyssa Milano) is kidnapped by the baddest of bad guys, who'll only hand her back as and when he's assassinated a tiresome banana-republic president on their behalf. Needless to say, Arnie is deeply annoyed by this, rescues the moppet single-handed amid more bullets and explosions than you can shake a stuntman's pay cheque at, and... well, why spoil the fun by revealing any more? Co-star Rae Dawn Chong gets some nice one-liners as the innocent bystander who gets caught up in the mayhem. --Roger Thomas
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The picture and sound quality of the movie (and the widescreen presentation) are fine, very good through a nice pair of headphones. The director's commentary (available on the theatrical cut only) is quite fun, but not as informative as I would have preferred...but then again, the movie doesn't require much thought or explanation anyway. Rae Dawn Chong is hilarious (and quite racially insensitive!) on her interview segments, whereas director Lester is also interviewed extensively on the film's two featurettes. Joel Silver apparently had a warped sense of humor (he was the one who told Black to tell those, ahem, lady jokes in "Predator") and his vision is thoroughly preserved on this 1985 classic. The best parts of the deluxe DVD are the deleted scenes, in which you see a longer version of the shed attack scene...watching this on TV when I was younger, I knew some stuff was drastically cut, but this is the most complete scene you'll get of this. Overall, the extras aren't all that revealing, but if you're a real fan, buy this edition, don't just settle for the old bare bones edition (which is currently going for cheap at Wal-Mart stores). A-
Arnold is a retired Super Commando raising a daughter as a single parent (the daughter is played nicely by a toddler Alyssa Milano). Daughter is kidnapped and Arnold is ordered to go do some bad things for the bad guys who kidnapped his daughter. Arnold decides to go after the bad guys instead.
As a parent, I would probably turn heaven and earth upside down and as the song goes would willingly march into hell for my little girl. Imagine a mad Arnold with lots of guns, super soldier training, lots of big guns, grenades, planes, porsche cars, pretty ladies, memorable bad guys -- yeah you get the picture.
This movie was wonderfully executed (yes Arnold speaks like he has marlbes in his mouth) but so what, the guy is great and does a great job kicking butt. Intellectually, you won't be stimulated much by this movie but the plot can at least be followed and holds together which is more than can be said for some recent movies.
Go hang your brain at the door, and have some fun - this one is good.
Watch this for: for the large amounts of ass kicking, explosions, gunfire and unbridled 80's action movie goodness. Do not watch this for plot, clever dialogue or Woody Allen style angst. The closest you'll get is Arnold making a quip after he demolishes a bad guy. Start an evening with this, and large volumes of alcohol. You won't be disappointed. Just don't blame me when you have to crash through a wall to leave a room instead of using the door.
Defiantly a good movie to watch with friends!