COMMANDO (1985) - The Perfect Arnie Flick!
By Mark Nobes
Arnie and his massive rocket launcher
Whilst on a plane trip to Val Verde, Matrix kills his guard and jumps from the aircraft during take off. He then hijacks a flight attendant's car (She's called Cindy and played by Rae Dawn Chong) and demands that she follows one of Arius' men, Sully - queue an action-packed car chase. Matrix manages to locate Sully and proceeds to kill him by dropping him off a cliff - nasty!
After learning where Jenny is being held, Matrix arms himself with military weapons, but before he can set off to rescue her he is arrested by the Police. With help from the Cindy, he manages to escape, and they steal a seaplane and fly to the coast of the island where Arius is hiding. Matrix kills all of his private guards before eventually shooting and killing Arius. He manages to find Jenny in the basement of Arius' villa, but has to deal with one more mercenary before he can rescue her.
Best One Liners
"You're a funny guy Sully, that's why I'm going to kill you last".
After Matrix drops Sully from a cliff Cindy asks; "What did you do with Sully?" He replies: "I let him go".
Simply Eighties Rating:
Overall, this is a gripping, fun and fast-paced action movie which also features a wonderful tropical-style soundtrack with synth steel drums by James Horner, who has also composed the music for over 100 other films and TV shows.
Without a doubt, this is one of the finest action films from the 80s, and its proof that a movie doesn't always need to tax the brain to be entertaining. Schwarzenegger is on fine form and this isn't a movie that is supposed to be taken too seriously.
Yes, it's complete macho nonsense and full of cheesy villains (not to mention Arnold's cheesy grin), and Commando has also been criticised for its violence and the lack of intelligent dialogue. But put all that aside for a moment, because this is kind of what you expect from an 80s Arnie film, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!