IT'S TIME TO DIE!!!
Tim Janson | Michigan | 04/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Boy I really loved the 1980's. It was a time when you could have films that were totally unapologetic in their over-the-top patriotism. Just try to get a movie like this made today...the lefties would never let it fly. This was when Chuck Norris was at his peak with movies like this, "Delta Force" "Missing in Action" and "Code of Silence". The plot is utterly ridiculous but that's really what makes it so fun. It was the 1980's. The time of excess. Logical plots need not apply. it was a Cannon film so enough said.
The premise has a rogue soviet agent named Rostov, played by preeminent screen baddie Richard Lynch, leading a terrorst invasion in South Florida. The mixed bag of European, Asian, and Middle-Eastern terrorists start by blowing up residential homes with bazookas, and just as the family had been decorating the tree for Christmas. Later they impersonate police officers and shoot up a Latino street party. When the real cops arrive the party guests pelt them with rocks and bottles. The terrorist goal is to spread panic in America. Totally outrageous!
Norris is Matt Hunter, a former CIA agent. He is asked to go after Rostov but refuses since he could have killed the agent several years ago but his superiors had ordered him to capture him alive. Rostov now has nighmares about Hunter and wants nothing more than to see him dead. They try blowing up his home in the swamp but Hunter escapes and finally goes after the terrorists with full force.
There are really some classic scenes such as Hunter plowing into a crowded mall filled with holiday shoppers, Uzi's blazing as he takes out the terrorists without a single civilian getting hurt. Later the terrorists attach a bomb to a school bus loaded with kids. Hunter grabs the bomb off the side, races after the terrorists, pulls up next to them and says "Did you lose this?" and tosses the bomb in their car...Boom! Just classic, cheesy action of the highest order. This all leads to the inevitable climax. The Army finally arrives and surrounds the terrorists after they've set a trap for them. The streets are filled with those big steel girders blocking the road, just like on the beaches of Normandy in a surrealistic scene. And finally Hunter has his showdown with Rostov in the (literally) explosive final moments.
Oh this is artful camp at its most skilled but this really is one fun movie. Chuck says little, which is probably a good thing and lets his feet and guns do the talking. Great actioneer!
Chuck Norris = Death to all in his way
Nathan A. Webster | Maine-the "Deep South of the North" | 08/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't listen to any of these people over-analyzing this movie! Chuck Norris is here in all of his mid-80's glory. I don't think the point of this movie was to be compelling or thought-provoking. This movie has everything you could love about the action movie (which doesn't exist today, no thanks to Vin Diesel!) Plot: Bad guys mess with Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris kills them...all. 'Nuff said. Hordes of terrorists all waiting in line to wreak havoc? No problem for Chuck. Armed with machine guns, rocket launchers and a 4-wheel-drive truck, he WILL deal out his justice. Most poignant are the scenes where he mercilessly drives a knife into a baddie's hand and twists it. Also, the end scene where the head bad guy is cowering in fear in an office is great. Chuck strolls in with his twin uzis strapped to his chest, fearless. Great stuff.If you don't enjoy watching Chuck destroy anything in his path, don't get this movie. If you love watching somewhat cheesy (in a good way), violent fun, buy it! I say bring back the good old bearded, angry action heros."
"18 hours from now, America will be a different place."
Dymon Enlow | 03/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Written by the guy (James Bruner) who wrote THE DELTA FORCE and MISSING IN ACTION and directed by the guy (Joseph Zito) who brought us MISSING IN ACTION, FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER and the gruesome 1981 slasher THE PROWLER, INVASION U.S.A. is the true story of how one guy managed to defeat a terrorist army with nothing but two Uzi's, his beard, a old beat up truck and a couple of snappy lines like "I'm gonna hit you with so many rights, you're gonna beg for a left."
When I was a kid, this along with ALIENS and Hitchcock's PSYCHO was one of my absolute favorite movies. I easily watched it over 50 times. Why don't they make action movies like this or COMMANDO anymore?
Chuck Norris doesn't want a lot of trouble. He just wants to live in peace in the stinky ol' swamp and play with his pet armadillo. He's so cute! But when the bad guys blow up his house and start killing innocent people around town Chuck ain't got no choice but to kick ass.
And kick ass he does! With almost supernatural like ability Chuck somehow manages to keep one step ahead of the terrorist: plan on shooting some people outside a grocery store? Better watch out for Chuck coming around the corner at 88 m.p.h. with his Uzi's blazing! Think your gonna blow up a church? Think again sinner. Chuck's done relocated the bomb to blow you up! Ah-ha!
Bouncer: "Hold it! Where are you going, I don't think I know you pal!"
Chuck Norris: "That makes us even, I don't know you either."
Chuck Norris: "Nikko was easy. Now it's your turn. One night you'll close your eyes, and when they open I'll be there. It'll be time to die."