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Watched this for the first time last night


Holy moly! How have I not seen this movie before? Well to be fair I have not seen most of Chuck Norris' films. I hope he has done more like this though because this is seriously one of my favorite movies ever now...

For the longest I always said one of the most badass movies I have ever seen was Stallone's Cobra...but Norris' Invasion U.S.A has now been crowned most badass movie ever for me.

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Yeah a pretty over the top and crazy film

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This is a Chuck Norris feature that has some how escaped me over the years. After your remarks I’ll be watching it for the first time tonight.

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Hope you enjoyed it.

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I’ve looked every where and cannot find a streaming service that offers it!! If it’s that great I guess I’ll have to take a chance with a hard copy off eBay or something.

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I hate when that happens! It happened to me when I wanted to watch best of the best 2. which is actually hard to find on DVD and they never released it on Blu-ray in the USA. At least invasion USA has been released on Blu-ray.

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After a year I searched again and there it was on Amazon Prime. Just started watching.

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Holy Shit! These maniacs land on the beaches in Higgins boats and go freaking nuts. The first thing the crazy dude from Cut and Run does is go blow up a neighborhood with a self loading rocket launcher. A kid had just put the star on top a Christmas tree! WTF!

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Yes LMAO it's insane! I remember I was watching a angry video game nerd video and he showed that scene (can't remember the video now) and I wanted to know what movie he took it from so bad...first time I watched Invasion USA I didn't know it was the movie and when I saw the scene I nearly shit my pants from excitement and shock

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It took me a year to stumble upon it being shown on Prime and damn it was worth the wait. Another great scene is when these maniac terrorist drive along side a school bus full of kids and put a magnetic bomb on the side of it. Chuck Norris, with with his beard looking extra deadly, flies from out of nowhere in a bad ass 4x4, pulls the bomb off and puts it in the bad guy’s car. He’s says “Did you loose something?” BOOM! I was thinking why the hell is this damn movie not a national treasure of some kind??

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Yes!! That scene was great..I love all the one liners from Chuck in the movie too. I watched it the other night and I showed it to my older brother for the first time and he for some reason didn't like it...I don't get it. He usually likes movies like this. It's probably because he didn't discover it first.

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I watched it a few nights ago, also for the first time.

It has some excellent action set pieces, complete with nice wide shots, real explosions, and zero CGI. When it comes to action, as the saying goes, they don't make 'em like they used to.

Chuck is good here, with a kind of understated charm and charisma, though I would've liked to have seen more hand-to-fighting. Richard Lynch is very good as the villain.

My major complaint, however, is that the plot needs work. I don't mean that it's a simple story or anything like that. I mean that Chuck just randomly shows up wherever the terrorists are, over and over, with no indication of how he knew where to find them. The scenes just don't have the necessary connective tissue to make a complete story. Also, the terrorists' motives and plan were pretty murky.

I think this is an example of a film that could perhaps benefit from a modern remake. The downside is that Chuck is too old to reprise his role. The upside though is that the writer could flesh out the story a little more and make the plot coherent. If a remake were ever done though, I would just have to INSIST on practical action sequences with little or no discernible CGI.

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