Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Commander (1988)

Original title: Der Commander

Director: Antonio Margheriti

Writers: Tito Carpi, Arne Elsholtz, Giacomo Furia

Composer: Walter Baumgartner

Starring: Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Manfred Lehmann, Brett Halsey, Chat Silayan, Hans Leutenegger, Christian Bruckner, Frank Glaubrecht

More info: IMDb

Plot: Major Colby leads a group of mercenaries whose mission is to protect a disc full of secrets, located in South Asia.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It's not all that good but it does have Lee Van Cleef in one of his last roles and he's in the movie a lot more than you'd think.  Now he doesn't participate in the action but he does have a good amount of screen time.  Donald Pleasence has considerably less.  Some of the action is pretty decent but none of it is memorable enough to recommend.  The acting is no better or worse than other cheap Italian made action flicks riding the wave of popularity brought on by the Rambo pictures.  The stuff the commandos go through could easily be placed in a Vietnam flick and no one would know the difference.  It's OK and it's elevated a little because of the inclusion of Cleef and Pleasence and nothing more.The biggest problem the picture has is it's an hour and forty minutes long, which is much longer than it needed to be, and it takes half the picture before the commandos begin their mission and the action starts.

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