There is a reason that Chuck Norris has entire sights dedicated to his legendary status. Throughout the 80s he was the go to martial arts action star bringing his own brand of justice to each film. Now Shout Factory is bringing some of his classic action films to Blu-ray for the first time including 1985s Invasion U.S.A.
In the film, a terrorist named Rostov is planning to unleash a reign of terror on the U.S. but before he does he decides to go after, Matt Hunter, a former CIA agent, who lives in Florida, who once had Rostov’s life in his hands but on orders took him alive, and now Rostov is plagued by nightmares of Hunter killing him. So Rostov goes after him but misses, so Hunter, who has already been approached by his former employers to go after Rostov, after initially turning down the job decides to go after him. Typically going into a Norris film you expect a ton of gun play alongside the barrage of kicks and punches to bring it all together. That is where this film stands out as unique as it showcases very little of Norrris’ martial arts skills and instead lets him do his talking with a pair of mini-Uzi’s. That doesn’t make the film less entertaining, but as a martial arts star when you take that aspect out of the film it is a bit of a letdown. Thankfully at the end of the movie when he is facing off against the big bad played by Richard Lynch he lays a little bit of a beat down to remind you that he is still the Chuck we all know and love. The story here is pretty simple and doesn’t try to overcomplicate itself. It is a surprise that for film that is about the US being invaded it all takes place in one city losing the scope that it should have had. Of course that is just forcing a complaint because we all know that the only reason to watch this movie is to see Norris take down the bad guys which he does in spades here with a steady stream of bullets throughout.
This is probably one of Norris’s weaker films, but still entertains. In addition to the film this release includes some bonus features including commentary, interviews, the theatrical trailer and TV spot. Join the fight for freedom and grab your copy of Invasion U.S.A. on Blu-ray available now from Shout Factory.
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