Retired Special Forces operative John Matrix (Schwarzenegger) is informed by Major General Franklin Kirby (Olson) that all the other members of his unit have been killed by unknown mercenaries. Despite being given protection, the mercenaries, whose ranks include Bennett (Wells), a former member of Matrix’s team fired for excessive brutality and presumed killed in the preceding assassinations, attack Matrix’s secluded mountain home and kill the guards, kidnapping his daughter Jenny (Milano) in the process. When Matrix gives chase, he is also captured.
Bennett explains that Matrix is needed to carry out a political assassination for Arius (Hedaya) (who calls himself “El Presidente”) and his army of former U.S. soldiers and mercenaries. Arius is a warlord and dictator who was previously overthrown by Matrix. He now wishes to lead a military coup in his home country, Val Verde, and reasons that Matrix’s familiarity with the country’s new leader will aid in an assassination attempt. As Arius has Jenny, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.
After boarding an airplane to take him to Val Verde, Matrix instead kills his guard and jumps into a swamp just as the plane is taking off from the runway, then sets hiswatch timer for the approximate time of the flight. Subsequently, he commandeers an off-duty flight attendant Cindy’s (Chong) car and eventually manages to enlist her help. After confronting (and killing) two of the mercenaries, Matrix learns where Arius’ mansion is located (and where Jenny is presumably being held). He then breaks into a surplus store and steals a one-man arsenal of both small arms and heavy weapons. With Cindy’s complicit help, he escapes from the police who have arrested him for breaking and entering the surplus army store.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vernon Wells, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Bill Duke, Dan Hedaya, David Patrick Kelly, James Olson.
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