The world is in a weird place right now. Big time movies that were supposed to come out in theaters are being postponed. And even when movie theaters reopen we still don’t know when they will be back up to operating full force. So to help cure the movie-going blues I’m going to start giving my suggestions on some of my favorite guilty pleasure movies to help cure the indoor isolation blues.
My first recommendation is going to be Commando! Commando starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by Mark L. Lester. It was released in 1985.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix
- Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy
- Dan Hedaya as Arius
- Vernon Wells as Bennett
- David Patrick Kelly as Sully
- Alyssa Milano as Jenny Matrix
- Bill Duke as Cooke
The plot in most Arnold Schwarzenegger movies is usually pretty simple but I think Commando takes the cake. John Matrix is a retired Army Colonel who lives in isolation with his daughter Jenny. But Matrix doesn’t get to enjoy the peace and quiet for too long as he gets word that members of his former squad are being knocked off. This of course cues for all hell to break loose as the mercenaries now launch an assault on the Matrix compound. During this raid, they capture, John’s daughter Jenny and force him to commit an evil plot or something bad will happen to his daughter.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
Matrix has to race against the clock to get his daughter back. And during this every outrageous obstacle you can think of his thrown in his way. Car chases, hordes of cops, and yes he even has to jump out of a plane without a parachute.
THE ODD COUPLE
Now along the way Matrix teams up with a flight attendant named Cindy. Her acting is way over the top. And these two do not belong together on paper, but somehow figure away to work together and become a rocket-launching duo.
LOOK FOR THE MISTAKES
I know that filmmaking can be a daunting task. But this movie is chopped full of mistakes. And that’s one of the things that makes this movie fun! Some of the most obvious mistakes occur when Matrix invades Bennett’s compound. The firefights that Matrix has with the hired goons is so far fetched and over the top, they throw any kind of believability out the door. Also, keep an eye on the car chase scene with the yellow car all the way to the end for one just the most oblivious filmmaking oversight.
There a few music tracks in this movie and some are used more than once. The music is by no means any good. The best way to describe it is that it really sounds like it should be in a bad 80’s “adult” movie.
WHERE TO SEE IT
Now while I have it here on blu-ray, going out to your local store or even ordering it online might not be an option right now. Commando is not available on Netflix or Amazon Prime however it is available on YouTube for $3.99 to rent or 14.99 to own.
WHY I RECOMMEND IT
It’s mindless entertainment at its best. For an hour and a half, kick back with your favorite snack, enjoy the never-ending cheesy one-liners and watch Arnold do what he did best in the ’80s and that kicks bad guy ass!!
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