Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Last American Soldier (1988)

Original title: Commander

Director: Ignazio Dolce

Writers: Ignazio Dolce, Larry Jonathan

Composer: Simon Boswell

Starring: Craig Alan, David Light, Max Laurel, Larry Brand, Tanya Gomez, Mike Monty, James Clevenger, Ken Watanabe, Michael Welborn, Mel Davidson, Eric Hahn, Don Wilson

More info: IMDb

Plot: Commander and his small band of freedom fighters make life difficult for the VC after the Vietnam War is over. They free Vietnamese prisoners, and destroy enemy convoys every chance they can get. This severely upsets the evil Russian Vlasov, who is working with the VC in various nefarious enterprises.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

Man, oh man.  If you like action and a metric shit ton of motherfuckers eatin' bullets like candy then this is the movie for you.  Craig Alan isn't a good actor when it comes to emoting and speaking but he's got the action chops of a pro.  He's all over the place killing dudes left and right.  Seriously, this movie has a lot of action.  Barely any minutes go by without something blowing up or someone snuffing it.  The filmmakers give enough story to allow our hero to decrease the Russian and Vietnamese population by a couple of notches.  And for a low budget movie, this looks much bigger and you know that a sizable portion of the money spent was on explosives.  Commander (Alan) makes enough shit blow up that he could've added another layer to Dante's version of Hell.  I get the impression that director/writer Dolce saw the second Rambo movie, said "Rambo?  Pussy!", and then set out to make his own.  It might not make anyone's top action movies list but this easily has more action in 105 minutes than any movie I can think of.  The full movie is on YouTube.  So put some tacos on the grill and celebrate Independence Day with a Rambo clone stickin' it good to the Ruskies!

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