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Chain of Command (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  9 January 1996 (USA)
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When Merrill Ross (Michael Dudikoff) is thought to be a C.I.A. agent gone bad and teaming with some other alphabet named agency to take over the oil rich country of Qumir, he finds he's in ... See full summary »

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Merrill Ross
Todd Curtis ...
Rawlings
Keren Tishman ...
Maya Robenowitz
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Benjamin Brewster
Steve Greenstein ...
Ambassador Mosby
Jack Adalist ...
CIA Director Linder
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Col. Hakkim
Jon J. Herison ...
Atkins
David Menachem ...
Resistance Leader
Eli Yatzpan ...
Achmed (Cab Driver)
Yaron Levi Sabag ...
Mustapha
Sami Samir ...
Truck Driver
Jonathan Cherchi ...
Omar
Joseph Shiloach ...
Azil (as Yosef Shiloach)
Shai Schwartz ...
Carter
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When Merrill Ross (Michael Dudikoff) is thought to be a C.I.A. agent gone bad and teaming with some other alphabet named agency to take over the oil rich country of Qumir, he finds he's in the middle of a very explosive situation. Not knowing who he can trust, he's forced to use a process of elimination thru the chain of operatives he encounters. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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R. Lee Ermey says to Michael Dudikoff, "Watch your step Ben". However, it is Ermey's character that is named 'Ben' not Dudikoff's character. See more »

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[after an intense fight, Merrill beats Rawlings by impaling him with a pool cue]
Rawlings: [admitting defeat] My mama told me there'd be days like this.
Merrill Ross: Yeah? Well she didn't tell you about this one.
[Rawlings drops dead]
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Rippin' On A Wishbone
Written by Mif, Frank Bartoletti, Lou Garscadden, Franklin Wyles
Performed by Slash Puppet
Lead vocals: Mif
Drums and Percussion: Franklin Wyles
Guitars: Frank Bartoletti, Lou Garscadden
Bass: Dave Carreiro
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Par for the direct-to-video course
27 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My rating: 4 out of 10 (didn't care for it)

'Chain of Command' is a direct-to-video actioner, the last film and dying breath of The Cannon Group.

Well, for those who watch these kind of films regularly I hardly need to describe it. It's merely a variation on the same movie you've seen many times before, par for the course. The script doesn't make much sense a lot of the time and the acting is flimsy with very little if any character development, but that's okay because those things only exist to provide a framework for lots and lots of low budget shooting, stabbing, and exploding.

Watching the action sequences, I started feeling kind of nostalgic because they are sooo 70's and 80's in style – lots of slo-mo. Slo-mo of guys flying through the air when a grenade goes off, slo-mo of guys falling from ledges after getting shot, slo-mo of bombs exploding…so dramatic! Anyone who grew up watching television in that era knows the style I'm talking about; I guess at the time we all thought it was very theatrical. I suppose that technique hasn't been totally abandoned today, but still...the way it's done in films of that time has a look all its own.

Another element of the style that I got a kick out of was the way the main character can stand right out in the open in a gunfight without a care in the world. Despite there being a group of at least 10 guys blasting away at him he never gets a scratch, and, of course, manages to easily shoot every one them. Silly...oh well, you can't complain too much because even great movies like Star Wars pulled that kind of stuff.

Funny, too, are such wonderful scenes as when the villain has our weaponless hero on the run and forces him to take cover behind a hotel bar. Does the villain, emboldened by the fact that he has two submachine guns and our hero has nothing, walk behind the bar and shoot our hero at point blank range? No! He proceeds to use up every last bullet firing at the bar, the drinks, the stools, the mirror behind the bar, and the ceiling, finally stopping when he runs out of ammo so that our hero can make a run for it.

What we have here is a case of little boys who like to play with little firecrackers growing up into big boys who like to make movies where they play with big firecrackers. Films like this are really for one purpose...destruction porn. The thrill of watching all kinds of stuff get smashed or blown up. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no different than the next guy. I love a good action movie. But I also like an interesting script and engaging characters.

I said before that the acting's pretty flimsy but I guess I can't totally rip all of the performers in this movie. Michael Dudikoff, a legend of this genre, is really not all that bad at times. R. Lee Ermey is in this! Now there's an instantly recognizable character actor. Ermey's main henchman, Todd Curtis, has some surprisingly good acting chops; I actually found him to be the most natural and believable. Looking on IMDb I see that his resume ends not long after this movie, though. I wonder what happened.

Anyway, to sum up...movies like this are made for people who LIKE movies like this, and who am I to judge? It's not my cup of tea, but if you love tongue-in-cheek action flicks then you'll probably get a kick out of this. It has all the right ingredients: the unstoppable hero, the hot girl, the cheesy dialogue, and a healthy dose of mayhem and destruction.


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