Plot was about an army of international terrorists infiltrating America, and wreaking havoc in urban and suburban neighborhoods across the county (though scenes in the movie appeared to be limited to South Florida and Atlanta).
|Mall under attack in 1985's Invasion USA
Former WSB news anchor Monica Kaufman (later Pearson) plays a newscaster in the film.
There's also a scene with tanks in the streets not far from where The Walking Dead decades later staged a tank on Mitchell Street to introduce us to its Glen character.
But back to the Invasion USA plot.
When the attack began, suburban neighborhoods as well as urban settings were targeted. A church and a mall also caught the terrorists eye when selecting targets for bloodshed. At least one of the attacks was done false-flag, with killers masquerading as cops to make their hit on a street party, touching off a riot.
Strikes me, there's a lesson here. Since 9/11, we've experienced isolated terrorist attacks in the U.S., but have been spared a wider, orchestrated surge.
In the movie, the terrorist army came ashore using World War II type landing craft. Today, we should realize a navy won't be necessary.
Open borders, even a government provided "refugee" airlift, can deliver potential terrorists to America's heartland in a wider, numerically superior manner that screen writers never imagined in 1985. Nor could screen writers then imagined the kind of command and control communications now available to potentially coordinate dastardly deeds in our present age of smartphones, Internet and social media.