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Colonel Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is retired and living peaceably with his 10-year-old daughter (Alyssa Milano) when she is kidnapped by the henchmen of an exiled Latin American dictator. The dictator's plan is to reinstate himself in power by eliminating the president of his country, using Matrix to kill him (or he will kill the kidnapped daughter). Matrix escapes from the plane that is supposed to be carrying him to his mission and then proceeds to go from one violent confrontation to the next as he hunts down the dictator and moves to rescue his daughter. Helping him is Cindy (Rae… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Comic book stuff, helped out by the presence of Rae Dawn Chong as an airline stewardess whose sarcastic commentary adds some comic counterpoint to the deliberately overscaled action."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The big battle scenes are especially disappointing."
‑ D.J.R. Bruckner, New York Times
"An audacious comic-book movie on steroids...cinematic junk food, but even a dieter deserves to cheat once in a while. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"serves as a template for many future action flicks"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The greatest guilty pleasure in the history of cinema."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Chong lights up the film like a firefly, Schwarzenegger delivers a certain light touch of his own, [and] the result is palatable action comics."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Brainless, explosion-happy action ('80s style)."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"You're welcome, California!"
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"For action fans, one of the picks of the litter for the year."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A violent guilty pleasure from the Schwarzenegger estate"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Lots of machine-gunfire, explosions and disposable khaki-clad extras, as you'd expect."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It might have been fun to watch when I was nine, but knowing what I know now, it is a horribly offensive film."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"one of the best arguments available for the action movie as pure entertainment"
‑ Pete Croatto,
"The finale is laughably preposterous, with the speedo-ed commando landing on a remote island, gunning down at least a hundred men with fake moustaches, and indiscriminately blowing up buildings in search of little Alyssa."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Totally hilarious by today's standards. The opening credits with Arnold and Alyssa Milano are a thing of beauty, and the glam rock tune that ends things is genius."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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