When terrorists threaten nuclear catastrophe, the world’s only hope is to reactivate decommissioned Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux. Rearmed and reprogrammed, Deveraux must take on his nemesis from the original Universal Soldier and a next-generation “UniSol”. –IMDb
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
Somewhat remarkable in the way it takes the usual weaknesses of the DTV action franchise sequel (overexposition, generic terrorist foes, weathered marquee names 'reenacting their 'glory days', cheap industrial shooting locations, attempts to set up/spin off the 'next generation',etc) and spins them into strengths. The end result doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does manage to be both haunting and invigorating
I was really not expecting to be left speechless after this, but...fuck. Visceral and blunt violence mix with pulsing synths in one of the best action movies ever made, plain and simple. The notions beneath the violence - state ownership of the body, the demands of masculinity - are subtly integrated, manifesting not as expository bullshit but as remorseless long takes and the faded, abused majesty of the leads.
The action director of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning talks violence, movies, methods and mayhem in contemporary digital cinema.
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Awards in London, debuts in Rome, a stunning action trailer, some Tumblr fun and stimulating pieces from Phil Coldiron and Tom Sutpen + more