Commando (1985)

Commando (1985)

Commando 1985Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Written By: Steven E. de Souza

Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Two Cents:

So this is a bad film, but one I’ve repeatedly re-watched for some masochistic reason. The action is ridiculously cartoonish, and the acting if you can call it that, makes your average family home video look positively award season ready. The dialog for the most part is awful save for a few fun one-liners here and there, and the occasional decent joke delivered by Cindy (Rae Dawn Chong), who is dragged along for no plausible reason other than to comment on everything we see.

But if I’m channel surfing or come across it while browsing my Netflix list, I seriously consider watching it again. Maybe because it’s only 90 minutes long, and/or it could be because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Could it be its plethora of goofy and illogical moments are in some strange way quite endearing? It’s certainly partly due to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crazy likability and charm. He knows he’s not a great actor by any stretch of the imagination, but he is savvy enough to know what a movie like this needs, and he commits to the madness one hundred percent!

Movie Prep:

This is a big dumb 80’s action film. So bad it’s actually quite good and you’ll likely be chuckling all the way through it. If you’re in the mood for mindless action and explosions this is the movie for you.

Best viewing format:

There is nothing especially visually interesting about Commando, but a nice HD showing on your TV will bring out the best in this film. A good film to watch with friends and brews!

Most Implausible moments:

John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) gets access to the front undercarriage of a passenger plane via the toilet.

John takes cover behind rose bushes, and this works!

There are plenty more moments like this but I’ll let you find them.

References: IMDBRotten Tomatoes


  1. djblake

    I remember when this movie first came out and there was a lot of buzz around Schwarzenegger. Clearly his acting abilities are limited, but he turned into a true action hero. This movie plays to his strengths and does a brilliant job at it. Your very right in what you say, this is a bad movie, but a VERY GOOD bad movie!

  2. Whoompa_1

    “Let off some steam Bennett!” Another great review Talkie, what a classic! Arnie is at his cheesiest and he is fighting a bad guy dressed like Freddie Mercury. It is crazy stuff but all of it is fantastic. I like you idea of watching this movie with friends and beers, I think that would make a perfect night in.

  3. This is also one of my guilty pleasure movies, one that I can always turn to, and have on many occasions. This movie really sums up what I love about eighties action movies, It is over the top action at its best. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems most at home when taking out bad guys and using one of the endless amounts of weapons he seems to have. I was recently lucky enough to find out that the recent Blu-Ray release features the uncut version, something that has been elusive in the UK for so many years. Great choice to rewatch this movie. Awesome review!

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