DIRECTED BY: Mark L. Lester
Commando is the story of an uber-happy father and daughter living in a rural setting. We learn early on that Col. John Matrix (Arnold) has been involved in top secret military operations in the past, and that members of his team are being assassinated. Immediately some bad guys arrive and snatch his daughter. I won’t spoil the fun, but Col. Matrix kills (or possibly wounds) approximately 100 people in the name of justice.
- Is any family this happy? Alyssa Milano appears to have no friends, or entertainment beside hanging with pops.
- Early on, Arnold is forced to make a run for his rifle in the shed, but couldn’t he have just borrowed the gun of the soldier? Of course, this would have made for a very short movie.
- The music, why is it so.
- A young Bill Paxton putting in his time.
- Arnold throws out the catchy “I’ll be back.”
Commando is one of the big budget movies that defined the bam genre in the 80’s.