Invasion U.S.A. from 1985 is personally my all time favorite 1980s action movie. It has everything that someone who loves this genre wants. The film features action legends. The film features over the top action. And best of all, it features some great cheesy one liners delivered by the man himself, Chuck Norris. Not to mention it was made by the Cannon Group. Those who know 80s movies should know them. The plot is goofy, I must admit that, but 80s action movies always featured goofy plots. That is what makes them so great. The following is my review of Invasion U.S.A..
The story was written by James Bruner, Aaron Norris(brother of Chuck), and Chuck Norris. Bruner is known for having also wrote 80s films with Chuck Norris such as Missing in Action and The Delta Force. Aaron Norris however only had this effort under his belt for writing in the 1980s, and only three total movies. The story, if you can call it that, is pretty cheesy, but is fun as the actors and the action hold everything together. The plot follows Rostov(Richard Lynch) who leads a team of terrorists into America to try and invade it. However, he soon gets a rude awakening when his old enemy shows up(Hunter, played by Chuck Norris). So, with that basic plot outline, you get the idea. Hunter has to stop Rostov, and we all know the basics of the rest of it. As I said above, The film is fun because of the great acting and because of Chuck Norris. Personally, this is my favorite Chuck Norris movie, and the writers overall did a great job on molding together a good plot for this film.
The film was directed by 1980s directing legend, Joseph Zito. Zito is very well known for his 80s hits like The Prowler, Missing in Action, and of course Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. His vision as a director always kept me interested in his work. I loved how on a few of his works he would just end a movie. No need for that happy everyone comes together ending. He just ended the film abruptly. The film looks amazing as well. Cannon Films was very well known in the 80s for making cheap films very quickly. So for this film to look as good as any action movie from that time says a great deal about what Zito was able to do. There are some fun action scenes as well. Some that will even make you ask yourself did that just happened. The action in this film is shot amazingly, and Zito deserves so much credit for his amazing work on this film. While Zito never hit it big and his career was short, he left us with some great films, and this is my favorite.
The acting area has so many great names. Of course Chuck Norris is the lead and Richard Lynch is the main villain, but other actors like Alexander Zale, Billy Drago, Alex Colon, and Eddie Jones are in the film. If you want a fun film with some fun acting, this is the film for you. Sure Chuck Norris doesn't earn an Oscar here, but he plays the calm guy perfectly, as he always does. He also delivers those one liners perfectly. If you like that cheesy acting you see in 80s action movies like this, do not overlook this film.
Jay Chattaway was the composer of this film. He is known for scoring some Star Trek TV series as well as films like Silver Bullet and Missing in Action. The Cannon Group was known for taking cheap ways out when making a film, so they would cut corners in this area of film making. Often reusing scores. However, this film was an original score, that was used later on another Cannon film. The score is fun and adds some nice depth, but probably wouldn't make my list for top scores in a 80s action movie. Chattaway is a great composer and his work on this film is still very much enjoyable.
In closing, I truly love this film. I watch it as often as I can, and not only do I have it as my favorite action movie ever, I also have it as my favorite Christmas action movie. Yes, above Die Hard. So that is saying something. Of course this is only my opinion, and it is perfectly fine to disagree. Though you shouldn't overlook this film. If you get a chance to watch or buy this film, do it. Do not think nice. Sadly, this film still does not have a Blu-Ray release, so the DVD version is the way you have to go. Thankfully they are cheap at a used video store for around five dollars. So pick up this fun 80s action film, and I'm sure most will enjoy this film as well.
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