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215 Ratings

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Directed by John Hyams
United States, 2012
Action, Sci-Fi, Horror


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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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Directed by John Hyams
The effect is a bit like when a cool indie band slathers a pop song in a thick layer of noise and distortion; something perceived as frivolous or facile is newly coded in one gesture as palatable to a more serious audience. This, it probably goes without saying, warrants a great deal of skepticism.
January 17, 2013
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So non sequitur–prone and reliant on extratextual material that parts might be mistaken for the work of Richard Kelly (Southland Tales), the movie makes no pretense of hanging together. The best bit, a masterfully staged beat-down at a sporting-goods store, arrives at the midpoint. But stick around for a scene of nonconsensual neurosurgery, further long-take ass-kicking and an extended Apocalypse Now homage featuring original Soldierstar Jean-Claude Van Damme in full Brando regalia.
January 17, 2013
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Some of the inner-mind devices are frenetically dramatic and visually overwrought, but they have the merit of their arena-amp intensity, as if suggesting (accurately, I think) that even the most vigorous, violent, outer-directed action is paired with an equally ferocious, deep, and powerful emotional affect.
December 06, 2012
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