Dolph Lungren and Jean-Claude Van Damme are back for more bloody combat in this new chapter based on the sci-fi action blockbuster Universal Soldier. In the film, a desperate band of war survivors must try to restore their shattered civilization.
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When the military's away, the clones will play. Light blazes out from emission sources but otherwise the world looks as spartan as the warriors who have been unleashed in it, and the violence within it is as gruesome and repulsive as it is perfectly choreographed. Maybe this is why action no longer uses long takes: a tracking shot is a moral act, as they say, and DoR turns even its most impressive carnage into dread.
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.
Grim and surprisingly outre, this is the real shit. Creative and stark fight sequences - the Lundgren fight is a wince-inducing highlight - mesh with off-kilter, bleak bits of story. For fans of the franchise I imagine the story wanders too far into metaphor as opposed to continuity, but I had no problems.