Watched June 20, 2016
I am, in so many ways, a child of the 80s. To me, this is the quintessential action movie of the 80s. It boiled the whole thing down to its essential core, then spiced everything up to level 11.
Die Hard, Predator, Terminator and Commando. They didn't make comic book superhero movies very often when I was a kid, they made action hero movies. They had super powers, just no secret origins.
Kelly asked me how I square my anti-gun stance with my love of these violent action movies. For me, these are the logical conclusion of the gun-loving culture I was raised in, the complete "good-guy-with-a-gun" story in it's most pure form. They're wish fulfillment more than anything approaching reality. As a guy who doesn't love that gun-culture, these movies allow me to play tourist in a headspace and idealogy that I can't fully comprehend, even though I'm surrounded by it.
Dan Hedaya is his most slimy in this role, making a wonderful bad guy even though he's the opposite of a physical threat for Schwarzenegger. The homo-erotically charged final fight between Arnold and Vernon Wells as Bennett is the real showstopper though. It's the perfect 80s action movie and I'm so glad I can revisit it all the time now.