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Commando

posted Jan 30, 2015, 2:50 AM by Viktor Zólyomi
Commando, known to many as One Liners: The Movie, is an early film from the career of action movie megastar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Released in 1985 just a year after the iconic Terminator, Commando quickly became a VHS-era classic. Endlessly quotable, fun, and full of excellent action sequences. The movie pits Arnold as a retired black-ops commando against his former jealous teammate Bennett, a chain-mesh wearing psychopath portrayed by Vernon Wells. The result is carnage on an epic scale leading to a finale that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "one man army". In the words of the trailer: somewhere... somehow... someone... is gonna pay.



There's no specific character or scene in Commando to pinpoint as a particular source of inspiration for something in Con City, rather, Con City takes inspiration from the overall style and, for lack of a better word, the genre of the movie. Back in 1985 this was considered a serious movie with humorous elements to ease the tension. Had it been made today, it would have been considered a parody, or perhaps a black humor crime thriller. Considering that Con City pretty much "invented" the genre of black comedy crime novels when black comedy crime films had existed for ages, I'd say the inspirational effect Commando had on its writing could never be denied. Nor would I ever want to.
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