Friday, April 8, 2011

Classic Film Friday: Commando

Yes this movie is a guy flick, I know this, but I watched it the other day and gained a greater appreciation of the comic genius of Schwarzenegger. His one liners are great, and this movie really underscores why he is a competent actor, not to mention he has muscles galore (so maybe it isn't a guy movie after all). The Premise is one that every man with a daughter thinks about often.

John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a retired Special Forces colonial. Since he is retired, he doesn't want that life anymore. His daughter, Jenny (a 15-year-old Alyssa Milano) is John's life now. Except there are some men that want to change that. Arius (Dan Hedaya) and Bennett (Vernon Wells) get together to make a potentially dangerous team. Arius is a former dictator that was overthrown due to John's (and the US) help, while Bennett used to work for John, but got fired/removed because of excessive brutality. There is also Major General Franklin Kirby (James Olson), he used to be John's boss and would love to be his boss again, but John aint having any of it.

So what are all these people doing? Bennett and Arius plot to kill all of John's former team members, which they do. John is warned by Kirby, which quickly, turns into a bloodbath. Literally the second Kirby leaves, John is assaulted. Bennett kidnaps Jenny, They make a deal with John that if John will assassinate the leader he helped to put in office, Arius can be leader once again, while Bennett just wants to get back at John.

So what happens next? Their plans are pretty much screwed as John doesn't play well with others. Do I need to say anything further? I think not. 100 to 1 odds isn't very fair for the 100. That is if you are going up against Schwarzenegger.

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