Director Paul W.S. Anderson’s trippy, futuristic science-fiction film follows a cadre of men, born and bred to be shock troops in battle, who are made obsolete by a new race of genetically engineered soldiers.
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Anderson's aesthetics are amazing but the story is way too thin and cliched, which I find to be weird since David Peoples wrote it. Feels like a lot of stuff was cut out. Has some great set pieces though.
Paul W.S. Anderson is good at instrumentality, not pathos; programmed feelings, not real ones (that's why Resident Evil: Retribution works so fantastically). The humans in this, suggested as a strong contrast to the military robots, are only instrumentally representing warmth and empathy, looking like ridiculous clones of humanity. Not without its cheesy charm, though. Liked it as a kid.
5 stars for effort, but really is crying out for a remake that will shed that awful 90s cheapness. Laced with inspiration from Rambo and Universal Soldier all shot in a n 'Aliens' style universe; worth a watch, even if only once.