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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published August 10th 2012
“Death once had a near-Chuck-Norris experience”
Although not quite as epic as the cover art makes it out to be, Invasion USA still stars Chuck Norris in all of his one lining, b-grade glory, so who's complaining ?

Christmas isn't quite as merry this year, when an army of international terrorists, lead by a crazy Russian named Rostov (Richard Lynch), decide to invade Miami, and cause all hell to break loose. With a situation this chaotic, only one man can possibly save the day; a retired CIA agent known as Matt Hunter, played by the one and only 80's cult action star, Chuck Norris.

If you're a person who looks at the glass half empty or if you're anything like Roger Ebert, you could easily pan Invasion USA for being a "brain-damaged, idiotic thriller, not even bad enough to be laughable". Roger Ebert's quote may have put you off reading this review and to be quite honest with you, most of what he said is right. Invasion USA certainly is a "brain- damaged, idiotic thriller", but why does that always have to be a bad thing ? Although not presented with the same quality of film making featured in one of Chuck Norris's earlier films Code Of Silence, Invasion USA is still ridiculously fun.

Invasion USA features a deliciously boisterous cocktail of hilariously bad acting, over the top formulaic action sequences, a nostalgic 80's soundtrack and the ultimate presence of badassness, (an actual word according to urban dictionary) Chuck Norris.

Haven't quite got your attention yet ? Invasion USA also contains spectacular makeup effects by the great Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero, an incredibly whimsical scene involving duelling rocket launchers, and the fact that Matt Hunter owns a pet Armadillo.

Not this is not Chuck Norris's Armadillo, this is a Crocodile.

Other entertaining aspects of Invasion USA, include the themes of patriotism and cultural stereotypes, well at least of how America stereotypes them. According to Invasion USA, all Cuban refugees wear pretty much the same thing, and every American is a happy peaceful citizen, this is until confronted by evil foreigners. The hilariously stupid stereotypes, and patriotic American clap trap ends far from there, but I'll leave the rest for you to witness.

Overall Invasion USA is a great distance from being the best of it's kind, but it still delivers just about everything you could want from an 80's gung ho, wham bam thank you mam, Hollywood action feature. For those who are fans of either old school action trash, or Chuck Norris, switch off your brain and this is well worth a watch. However I must strongly warn those who don't like these sort of movies, as Chuck Norris has the ability to read your mind...


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You can purchase the DVD at Amazon or EzyDVD

If you want more BANG! for your buck, you can also purchase a Chuck Norris Boxset at JBHIFI or Amazon
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