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      Commando

      R Released Oct 4, 1985 1 hr. 30 min. Action List
      67% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 68% 100,000+ Ratings Audience Score Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 24 Buy Now

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      The ultimate '80s Schwarzenegger movie, replete with a threadbare plot, outsized action, and endless one-liners.

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      Charley S So painfully Dumb and 80's that it needs a top tier rating. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review Joe S Cheesy popcorn 80's action. Let's Party! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/06/24 Full Review Howard H As much needed to be a great in this era of film. Arnie suited up on promoting posters. Urban Arnie at best. Story is fine, 80's action masterpiece. Body-count is huge and only one bad accent. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review matthias s "Commando" delivers the quintessential Schwarzenegger experience with a nostalgic blast from the '80s. The film rocks a gorgeous soundtrack that echoes the era's charm, serving as an auditory time capsule. As expected, it's an action classic laden with cheesy one-liners that, oddly enough, I can't help but love. While the plot is there, it's about as thick as tissue paper – serviceable, but not substantial. The acting falls into two categories: either too much, bordering on poor, or wooden with no middle ground. It's a no-brainer, a film for die-hard fans of brainless action flicks. The cool stunts provide brief excitement, but the editing and cinematography miss the mark, creating an off-putting feel. Predictability and excess cheesiness left me bored for most of the ride. However, the over-the-top final showdown with the villain brings some redemption, offering an enjoyably ludicrous climax. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Leaburn O It's fast paced, full of action, unnecessarily half naked Arnie, plodding stunts by the big man, ridiculous shoot em up episodes and a plot as threadbare and dumb as they come. So, there's plenty to love but it is shall we say…a little bit mindless. Watched this on Film4. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Dinos K one of the worst and most offensive movies about US Army's "superiority" I've ever seen in my entire life. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Comic book stuff, helped out by the presence of Rae Dawn Chong as an airline stewardess whose sarcastic commentary adds some comic counterpoint to the deliberately overscaled action. Sep 18, 2007 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Chong lights up the film like a firefly, Schwarzenegger delivers a certain light touch of his own, [and] the result is palatable action comics. Sep 18, 2007 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out Lots of machine-gunfire, explosions and disposable khaki-clad extras, as you'd expect. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia As an action film, it decently collects a handful of clichés for Schwarzenegger to do his thing by arming himself with machine guns and one-liners, but somehow the adrenaline decreases with each body count. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Jul 6, 2022 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine Commando is full of action but is conflict-free. Rated: 3/10 Jul 18, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The finale is quite notable, as it boasts an enormous body count and countless expended ammunition; this too is almost hilarious thanks to the chaotic extravagance. Rated: 6/10 Aug 31, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter.
      Director
      Mark L. Lester
      Screenwriter
      Matthew Weisman, Jeph Loeb, Steven E. de Souza, Steven E. de Souza
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox, SLM Production Group, Silver Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 4, 1985, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 25, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $34.9M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby A, Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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