D: Mark L. Lester
20th Century Fox (Joel Silver)
USA 🇺🇸 1985
W: Steven E. de Souza
DP: Matthew F. Leonetti
Ed: Mark Goldblatt, John F. Link & Glenn Farr
Mus: James Horner
PD: John Vallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Col. John Matrix), Rae Dawn Chong (Cindy), Vernon Wells (Bennett), David Patrick Kelly (Sully), Bill Duke (Cooke), Dan Hedaya (Arius), Alyssa Milano (Jenny Matrix)
It may be absolute nonsense, but it's doubtlessly an action staple of the 1980's, solidifying Arnold Schwarzenegger's place as the decade's action man and paving the way for umpteen copycats.
Arnie plays John Matrix (seriously, that's his character's name), a retired Black Ops commando whose daughter is kidnapped by a Latin American dictator as collateral so Matrix will assassinate a presidential rival.
The commando has other plans though and wages a one-man war against the dictator on his private island to rescue his daughter.
Despite being ridiculously far-fetched with over the top performances, this is a great example of a popcorn action flick, littered with hilarious one-liners and adrenalous set pieces. It's all the brainless machismo you could ever need.