By: John M Jerva
Happy Firepower Friday everyone and this week I have posted one of the greatest, and I do mean greatest, firefights in action cinema history as it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger taking out an entire island in the epic of all epic finales in Commando. I really don’t know why I haven’t done this one before but hey better late than never. This film is the quintessential 80’s action movie and it came out in the heyday when Arnie and Stallone ruled the box office with their immense egos and even more immense firepower.
Commando is the kind of movie that you never get tired of and it is short and sweet with a 90 minute running time and it takes off like a bat out of hell right away and never lets up until the final round of ammuntion is spent and Schwarzenegger basically kills an entire zip code in the span of 15 minutes. The whole movie is 80’s awesome but it’s the ending that really makes it an action classic as Arnie uses a variety of high powered weapons to lay siege to the tiny island of Vel Verde (love that name by the way) and once the bad guys kidnappped his daughter, played by a young Alyssa Milano, action fans knew that they were in for a real treat.
Even the scene where Arnold is suting up for battle is epic as the music is 80’s glorious and the fast editing is spot one as the action legend straps up with enough weapons to arm a small contigent of soldiers let alone one man. I remember seeing this film in the theaters and thinking to myself that this movie just might have been the greatest thing I ever saw. It’s so politically incorrect that it would never be made today.
This could quite possibly be the greatest man on a mission or one man army film ever created and it is truly an exercise in 80’s excess. The scene is furious and Arnie doesn’t break a sweat as he unloads on the bad guys using everything from an M-60 machine gun to garden shed tools. There was no debating that Schwarzenegger was the king of the action box office that year and when fans talk about him, this movie always comes up.
I don’t think I should take up anymore of your time describing how wonderfully ulta-violent this movie is and just see it for yourself for the thousandth time in the player below! This movie was the reason that Firepower Fridays was created. Come on Bennett, Let’s party!”