Commando Leopard / Kommando Leopard (1985)

4.0 out of 5

Codename:Wild Geese's Lewis Collins returns in the second part of Antonio Margheriti's action trilogy. The plot is basically irrelevant, but a none too Latin-looking Collins and his rebel crew attempt to overthrow another in the seemingly unending line of cruel Latin American dictators.

The spectacular-ish destruction of a dam opens the proceedings, along with a brief mention of the innocent casualties that will follow, but it's not easy being a rebel, and sacrifices must be made. A totally miscast Klaus Kinski, saddled with the unlikely moniker of 'Silviera', chews the scenery as the ruthless head of the secret police.

Along the way, lots of stuff gets blowed up real good, including a model aeroplane and a child's train set. The action is reasonably well-staged, but the acting is slightly below-par, and the Filipino extras lurk in the background looking uncomfortable.

Despite the problems, Leopard is thoroughly enjoyable. Collins has always been a convincing soldier, and is certainly at home here. Whether firing an M-16 one-handed, or being attacked by flame-thrower equipped helicopters, evil government troops and dodging crashing airliners- that bouffant never moves an inch.

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