REVIEW: Invasion USA (1985) – ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Invasion USA (1985)

Run Time: 107 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: Chuck Norris executing communists up side alleys

I’ve been watching a some liberal kitsch crap recently and deliberately avoiding even more, so I needed some manly movie to put things right again.  The best bet was to go back a bit to when movies where good, but not to a movie I’ve seen 100 times. I decided to pull out one that I havent watched in years to get me back into the mood for this website bullshit again.  Here’s a rule that always works; when in doubt, consult Chuck.

A refresher on this movie.  Chuck Norris plays an ex CIA agent (Matt Hunter).  He lives in a shack, in a swamp and eats barbecued frogs.  One day, communists descend on his shack and blow it to hell and, narrowly surviving, Hunter suits up and goes on a gun toting rampage.  What a premise, it’s like someone who reads this site wrote it.  But who are they and where did they come from?  The reds are mostly drawn from Cuba, marxist terrorists led by the Soviet Mikhail Rostov (Richard Lynch, in a role turned down by Steven Berkoff), bent on creating panic and havoc, an attempt to make the American union implode.

Why are there no more Chuck Norris’ in movies?  Why are we getting the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Channing Tatum instead?  These are not real action men — if they don’t have mullets or they don’t do round house kicks then what fucking use are they to us?  And only alpha males of a certain time tried to and got away with wearing certain denim-on-denim clothing, if today’s actors tried to do that, they’d look like gay strippers or something.  Wait, didn’t Channing Tatum actually appear in a movie like that?

Anyway, one such alpha male is Norris.  “I’m gonna hit you with so many rights, you’re gonna beg for a left”, Norris tells the invading scum.  Fuck, that dialogue is gold, and delivered straight as a rod by a former fighting champion – does it get much manlier than this? I mean okay, the movie is slightly short on plot (there is lost footage, where the characters are more fleshed out), but it’s long on action and patriotic virtue, it’s also probably one of Norris’ most expensive looking movies (albeit, still a long throw from a Sylvester Stallone job) – Menahem Golan threw an additional $2 million dollars at the movie after being pleased with test footage.  Norris also did most of his own stunts and the blood squibs are nice and ‘3D’.

Golan pulled out a few stops, with a full M60 tank platoon on city streets

We also learned from Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films that real suburban houses were destroyed, blown up by Rostov with RPGs.  This was possible because the houses were due to be razed for an airport extension anyway.  So this was a nice budgetary feat, and they were nice houses!

Can you imagine what wine sniffing critics would make of this movie if it was released today?  I’m sure it would induce trauma and elicit howls of laughter, hell, maybe some would even denounce Norris as the antagonist and Rostov as the misunderstood immigrant… seriously!  If Golan were around today, he’d probably want to do something similar but with the likes of ISIS instead, although they’d probably cut him off at the knees and that wouldn’t get made either.  In fact speaking of contemporary themes, for example with Europe, I feel this movie is particularly relevant and poignant.  There are landing crafts, just like in this movie, followed by terror and hate. The only thing we’re missing is a real life Matt Hunter.

So then… Invasion USA has aged well.  I mean, running down communists in a pick up truck, how much more American can you get?

  • Craig Richards

    8 outta 10!! An outrage…..this is easily 9 outta 10. Misses a point cause there was no hottie for Chuck to bang except for that annoying lib reporter.

  • Mucho Macho

    One of the greatest 80s action movies made by Cannon films. Invasion USA epitomizes everything we love about the action movies of the Reagan Era.

    This movie is an unapologetic pro-american, fuck communism, we’re good they’re bad, US versus Them, Politically Incorrect, balls out action movie. It’s fucking great.

    Chuck Norris understood what he could do on screen. He never wanted to be a Laurence Olivier or wanted to make one of those movies that will make critics take him seriously. He knew his Niche and his fan base and he delivered.
    That’s why the man became a legend.

    I have a lot of Chuck Norris movies on DVD and this is one of the standouts.
    From the action sequences, to the great bad guy, to the great one-liners, Invasion USA it’s one of the great action movies of the time, I fuckin love it!

    If any if you haven’t seen, find it and watch it. Your testosterone levels will go immediately up.

  • Mucho Macho

    Can you imagine a studio in Hollywood releasing a movie with a scene like this today

    • Kirk’s Toupee

      A bunch of suburban lilly white people getting blown ti smithereens?….it would probably get you an oscar.


        If only theyd checked their privelege

      • Mucho Macho

        I didn’t see a same-sex couple in there.

        • Kirk’s Toupee

          That’s the two guys with the rocket launchers.

          • Mucho Macho

            That’s a Bromance!

  • Mucho Macho

    1985 was a great year for action movies.

  • Der

    You don’t change that rating from 8 to 10 I’m gonna hit you with so many rights your gonna beg for a left

  • Andymovieman

    Great movie with chuck norris. You don’t get lines like “I’m gonna hit you with so many rights you’re gonna beg for a left.” Same with next of kin with Patrick swayze. The “you ain’t see bad yet, but it’s coming” line was fucking awesome. I’ll tell you when it comes to guys like chuck norris, Patrick swayze, kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc., they always know how to create a great line in action movies.

  • Jeff

    One of my faves as well. Love the scene, “Doesn’t work? Now it will…” BOOM! HA HA HA! Chuck Norris will be awesome to the end of time and beyond.

  • Republicant

    Praise norris for fighting ruskies…. praise trump for stealling the election with the ruskies.
    Oh the irony

  • Jake

    Sorry guys, but no way is this movie an 8 or 9. If it’s not AT LEAST a 10, then this site has no meaning. I watch this classic every Christmas along with the usual holiday fare (Die Hard 1/2, Lethal Weapon).

    It also features a scene that might be the finest distillation of what made The Cannon Group, Inc. so great:

    • Craig Richards


  • GWB 8219

    One of my all time favorite chuck movies. To bad the sequel ( Avenging Force ) did not have him in it. Dudikoff did a great job and that is one of my favorite Dudikoff movies but it would have been cool to see Chuck do the sequel. I also read somewhere that Chuck was the first choice for the American Ninja. Those would have been interesting movies as well. However if he did them we probably never would have heard of Dudikoff, so it turned out ok.

  • GWB 8219

    I even have the poster for this framed in my basement theatre. the good old days.

  • ColonelBobi

    Haha I just caught this on Netflix, it holds up OK. Whats not to like about a double denim wearing, dual-Mini Uzi wielding Norris cracking deadpan one liners as he despatches Commie scum? I think it’s also the first time I ever saw the main villain get wasted with a hip fired bazooka at close range!
    Btw props to the villain Rostov, that is one ugly dude. Seen him in a fair few shows/movies including the Starsky & Hutch pilot movie. He is damn tough to look at but plays a nasty villain perfectly.