John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true. —iTunes Movie Trailers
Beginning his career in the fine arts, John Hyams graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, earning top awards in painting and sculpture. Hyams exhibited and sold work in Los Angeles and New York before turning his attention to film. In 1997 Hyams wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed One Dog Day, which debuted at the Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival. He directed episodes of the ABC television series, “NYPD Blue” and went on to direct Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in Universal Soldier: Regeneration. –IMDb
one of the most interesting and physical films i have seen in years. the use of the films experimental elements is masterful. he reaches out and touches his audience in ways that reflect the emotional reality of his characters. the narrative is a compelling follow up from his first Universal. He is free from the first films constructs to tell the story he needs to, a very brave move. could be a stunning trilogy.
A Lynchian approach to your generic sci-fi actioner, while the cinematographer and DP seem to take their stylistic notes from the Archers and video games. Highly recommended, in other words.
If Gasper Noe were to direct an action movie but keep his film technique he used for Enter The Void, this is what you would get. This isn't a Lundgren and Van Damme movie, sure they are in it but barely, instead you have Scott Adkins as the lead. Story is to complex...oh wait...what story? I'm not going to even get into it as this film is just silly and not to mention brutally violent so if you like that shit you might like this film. The martial arts are pretty great once the movie gets rolling but that alone can't save it.
This along with its counterpart Regeneration are the most necessary films of the new millennium because they are vital in redefining our fears. (able to reflect our world and our surroundings) Making this the greatest super-human film ever made. And the most important genre film by far of this decade and the last. Also the scariest, I haven't had such significant nightmares after seeing a film...ever beats The Shinning.
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