Same Old Commando

Lewis Collins in Commando Leopard (1985)

Tired of the relentlessly cruel regime of the countries dictator a small group of locals have hired some mercenaries to fight back, taking their first swipe at an important dam. But the actions of these mercenaries lead by Carrasco (Lewis Collins) infuriate the dictator who employs the services of his own mercenary, Silveira (Klaus Kinski) who with his men relentlessly hunt down Carrasco and his men in the South American jungles inflicting pain on anyone who steps in their way.

That synopsis for "Commando Leopard" I know is quite non-descript and in truth there is more detail which could have been added to pad it out. But in truth it doesn't need it because as one of those Anglo-European actioners from the 80s the basic storyline is that we have good mercenaries fighting not only a dictator but a crazy, bad mercenary who works for him. I wish I could say there was something more to it than that but it is just another one of those generic Martin Collins movies which he traded on back in the 80s and which in fairness still has their fans now.

But as I said it is generic and scenes of planting underwater explosives or stealthily attacking a dam could have come from any other movie because there is nothing special, nothing unique about them. It is the same with the acting with Lewis Collins being the handsome, no nonsense hero whilst Klaus Kinski being his wild eyed nemesis who is evil in his treatment of others. Its not that any of this is bad just highly generic which makes "Commando Leopard" just another one of those forgettable action movies which came out of Europe during the 80s and traded on teenage boys love of action man hero movies.

What this all boils down to is that if you happened to watch "Commando Leopard" back in 1985 as a teenager there is a chance you might have enjoyed it and still have fond memories of it. But for those who didn't all it is is another generic action movie starring Lewis Collins doing the same hero mercenary thing he did in a whole string of movies during the 80s.

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