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Universal Soldier
(1992)
Reviewed by Russell Lutz
Rating: 5 Beans

ome bad films are bad and you hate them. This film falls into the other category. I enjoy this incredibly schlocky film.

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren play good and bad (respectively) US soldiers in Vietnam who kill each other. The government is kind enough to bring them back to life as semi-mindless automatons that don't experience pain and have comic book type strength and regenerative ability. Eventually, their memories come flooding back. Van Damme becomes a real puppy dog of a killing machine, while Lundgren becomes a gruesomely hilarious parody of all those whining "the war's never over for me" cinema vets.

Ally Walker (Profiler) plays the tough-as-nails, authority-bucking reporter who helps Van Damme in his quest to get back home, but only for the story, and not for Van Damme's often revealed physique.

The writing is bad. The action sequences are ludicrous. The acting is... well, I told you who was in it, didn't I? And, considering the fact that this was directed by Roland Emmerich (Stargate, Independence Day) the direction is remarkably banal.

But I have a real fondness for the matter-of-factness with which these implausibilities are portrayed.






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