Starring: 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
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!
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.