Command 5 of all action clichés
zeppo-2 from United Kingdom
18 May 2011
Take all the action film clichés that were in the original A-Team TV
series and then double it and you have Command 5. This is an obvious
pilot film for a TV series to cash in on the success of the A-Team
which was running at the time. But it fails so spectacularly,it's hard
to begin where but it makes the A-Team look like a masterwork on a par
with any Shakespheare epic!
The story,I use the word lightly,concerns an action junkie ex-soldier
who on request by the American government,forms a crime fighting unit
to stem the work of criminals that the ordinary police forces cannot.
So,there's a stunt driver,an explosives expert,a police
psychologist(?)and a alcoholic cop,who of course all have agendas and
don't go by the book,etc,etc.
In order to take on all of America's crime,they go to an assault course
in the desert and shoot lots of guns,climb over walls and hop in and
out of tyres on the ground. After that they are ready to take on all
A battle bus turns up that is bullet proof which looks like one of
those machines from Mad Max or probably more like one from those low
budget Italian post nuclear holocaust films from the late 1970's. It
looks suitably pathetic..
Then for no apparent reason, a known terrorist/madman and his gang of
bikers free two convicted killers from a courtroom,taking them to a
small town near a prison and demanding the release of two inmates. The
town's inhabitants are rounded up and put in the local jail as
hostages. Lots of shouting and firing of guns by Delgado,the gang
leader who earlier eluded our heroes by use of some other hostages.
Hostages play a big part in this...
Not to be outdone,Command 5 board their bus and go to take down the bad
guys,blowing up bridges,buildings,shooting people off rooftops,riding
around on their own motorbikes (did I mention they had their own bikes
in the bus?) and just been generally really hard.
It all ends with the hostages freed and the villains brought to justice
as the five conquering heroes stride down the main street to their next
glorious adventure, which thankfully for the long suffering television
viewing public never happened.
Absolutely awful in every aspect,Wings Hauser as the milk and alcohol
drinking cop probably wins the scenery chewing and over-acting honours
but not by much as it's a free for all in the ham it up stakes. While
watching this,I did wonder if the writer and director plus the cast
were maybe just been post ironic and sending the action genre up but
then realised they were all just really, really bad...
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