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Film / Strike Commando

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A 1987 action film starring Reb Brown and directed by Bruno Mattei.

In it he plays Michael Ransom, one of the eponymous strike commandos sent into Vietnam to blow up a base. While the mission is successful, Ransom's teammates are killed and he is knocked unconscious into a river. He comes to at a village where the people have saved him and nursed him back to health, eventually befriending them. In return he guides them to safety before eventually being picked up by his unit. He's soon sent back to find out if any Russian soldiers are snooping around the area, and returns to the village that saved him to find everyone slaughtered by said Russians. To say the very least, It's Personal and major ass kicking ensues.

Gained a sequel, but it didn't star Reb.

Strike Commando features the following tropes:

  • Arch-Enemy: Jakoda to Ransom, especially after Ransom gets Jakoda's girlfriend killed. After Jakoda is seemingly killed falling off a waterfall, he resurfaces in the Philippines years later to extract revenge.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The Vietnamese are speaking Chinese throughout the movie.
  • Bald of Evil: Jakoda, the leader of the Russian soldiers, has a very shiny head.
  • Big Bad: Colonel Radek, Ransom's CO who is also behind the Russian officers in Vietnam.
  • Crapsack World: Vietnam is depicted as a third world nation caught in a civil war by the bickering of the world's superpowers.
  • Dirty Communists: The Russian and Vietnamese antagonists are depicted as complete villains who routinely kill civilians.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Jakoda presents himself as the leader of the Russian officers, but it's revealed an hour in that Radek, Ransom's commanding officer, is the true mastermind.
  • Distant Finale: The entire third act is set in the present day, as Ransom tracks down the treacherous Radek to the Philippines, where the latter disguised himself as a businessman. Jakoda also survived his previous encounter with Ransom.
  • Disposable Woman: Jakoda's girlfriend Olga is quickly captured and taken hostage by Ransom, before being killed by friendly fire.
  • Electric Torture: Ransom gets to taste some at the hands of the Russians.
  • Fisticuffs Boss: Jakoda's two fights against Ransom both involve fist-to-fist fighting.
  • Groin Attack: Ransom kicks Jakoda in the nads during their fistfght. Jakoda returns the favor immediately afterwards.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Jakoda's entire upper body gets blown up by Ransom's grenade, leaving behind a pair of legs attached to a waist.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ransom loves charge into battle without any form of planning or strategy. But since he's played by Reb Brown, he always come on top.
  • Husky Russkie/Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Jakoda couldn't be anymore stereotypical.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: The poster has Ransom holding an assault rifle that has a small gatling gun for a barrel, and all six barrels are firing at once (the movie itself just has normal weapons, by the way).
  • Man Behind the Man: Ransom's general, Radek, was behind the Russian soldiers. Ransom comes gunning for him once he finds out.
  • Market-Based Title: Released as Cobra Force in Germany.
  • More Dakka: Ransom fires his entire ammo into an abandoned village, after realising it was ransacked. He gets captured after he runs out of bullets.
  • Not Quite Dead: Jakoda returns before the end for the final showdown.
  • Say My Name:
  • Screaming Warrior/Shouting Shooter: Ransom has a habit of screaming his enemies' names. It's Reb Brown, folks, what did you expect?