September 11th, 2011: Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

Cast and Crew: Joseph Zito (Director); Aaron Norris (Co-Writer); Jay Chattaway (Score): Yoram Globus and Menahem Golam (Producers); Alexander Zale, Melissa Prophet, Billy Drago

What It’s About: Soviet operative Mikhail Rostov (Richard Lynch) lands in Florida with a forced of Communist guerrillas, who begin a reign of terror in the United States, with one terrorist attack after another. There’s only one man who can stop him: Matt Hunter (Chuck Norris), the now retired U.S. operative that could have killed Rostov once before, but obeyed his supervisor’s orders to capture him. Can Hunter find a way to defeat Rostov and all of his men?

Why Watch it Today?: You might ask why I would pick a ridiculous, flag waving, U.S.A.! cheering, so-bad-its-good, jingoistic, anti-Communist, Cold War era film on September 11th, of all days, but there is a logic here so bear with me. Prior to 9/11, this was the kind of terrorism Americans were most familiar with: relatively small-scale bombings, shootings, hijackings and hostage situations. We were so used to this kind of scenario that something on the scale of the 9/11 attacks was unimaginable and completely unbelievable when it happened.  Watch this movie and you’ll be reminded of how unprepared we really were, as well as how truly poisonous (and surprisingly prevalent, even in places they really shouldn’t be) the assumptions of the American action film, with its unstoppable one man armies and easy solutions to complex issues, really are.

Where to Get It: Watch online at Amazon, Rent at Netflix

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