Release Date: November 18th, 2018 (Effets Stars Film Festival – France)
Directed by: Benjamin Combes
Written by: Benjamin Combes
Music by: Thomas Cappeau
Cast: Eric Carlesi, Philippe Allier, Stéphane Asensio, Anaëlle Rincent, Charlotte Poncin, Thyra Hann Phonephet, Cécile Fargues, Thémann Fagour, Olivier Dobremel
Benjamin Combes, Melbas 801, 68 Minutes
“50% Commando, 50% Ninja, 100% American” – tagline
Like Kung Fury before it, as well as some other similar films, this was a crowdfunded motion picture. I didn’t contribute to it or even know about it until a week ago but once I got wind of it, I had to check it out, as it is certainly something that is right up my alley.
Commando Ninja draws its inspiration from ’80s American action films, even though it is a French production. It works as an homage to Commando, Predator, the American Ninja series, Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Terminator and just about anything put out by Cannon Films.
This was a hell of a lot of fun for fans of ’80s action. It really seemed to understand the source material and is a solid parody and homage to it all. Watching this churned up the same sort of feelings I had renting Cannon movies as a kid.
The acting in this is pretty funny. It’s not good acting but it’s not even trying to be and doesn’t need to be. The actors intentionally ham it up and it works in a similar fashion to Samurai Cop or any of the films by Amir Shervan.
For what this film intended to be, it is near perfect. And I’m sure it is something I will revisit on a semi-regular basis.
Between this and Kung Fury, I’m glad that the Europeans still have a love for these type of films, as here in the United States, our culture has gotten too sensitive and would put up a big stink if someone where to actually put out a film like this in 2019. Hell, even Hobo With a Shotgun and Turbo Kid weren’t American production either and they hit very similar notes with quite a bit of success.
Mark my words, this will be a cult film years from now.
Pairs well with: Kung Fury, Hobo With a Shotgun and Turbo Kid.