Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 R CC

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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren return as arch-enemies squaring off with a terrifying army of reanimated super-soldiers in this legendary sci-fi/action series' most explosive installment to date.

Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Action, Mystery, Horror
Director John Hyams
Starring Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren
Supporting actors Andrei Arlovski, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mariah Bonner, Tony Jarreau, Craig Walker, Andrew Sikking, James DuMont, David Jensen, Audrey P. Scott, Rus Blackwell, Dane Rhodes, Susan Mansur, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Sigal Diamant, Juli Erickson, Michelle Jones, Roy Jones Jr., Dustin Taylor
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Seahorn on October 27, 2012
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Three years ago, director John Hyams' Universal Soldier: Regeneration breathed new life into a thought-dead franchise and thereby made one of the best action pictures of the year. To say that I was interested in seeing this follow-up is an understatement: with a good deal of the previous one's cast and crew returning, along with the new additions of martial arts' "it" guy Scott Adkins and cult fight choreographer Larnell Stovall, this one looked like a surefire topper to its immediate prequel and another great action outing. Did the movie live up to my high expectations? ...well, at least partially. This is, without question, a great action outing with some of the better fight scenes put out this year. However, the same way that "Regeneration" was a huge departure from the style of its bouncier predecessors, so too is "Day of Reckoning" a departure from the standard action genre as we know it, with a storyline so far removed from what I was expecting that it took a bit of time for me to contemplate whether it counted for or against the movie. Overall, this one's definitely worth checking out and even buying, but depending on your expectations, it counts as the end of the "Universal Soldier" franchise.

The story: a husband and father (Adkins, Undisputed III: Redemption) is beaten half to death and sees his family murdered before him by Luc Devereaux, the maverick Unisol (Jean-Claude Van Damme). Recovering from his injuries and plagued by inexplicable hallucinations, he sets out to untangle the mystery behind the killing and exact vengeance on Devereaux.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Luna on February 11, 2013
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I enjoy cinema in all its forms. I watch foreign films, I watch surreal films, I watch action films. You name it, I'll give it a try. If a movie can keep me interested enough to watch it in one sitting, then it's doing something right. In that respect, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is great. It kept me interested for its entire run time, and then some. But, the thing is this, I'm a huge fan of the original Universal Soldier, and an even bigger fan of Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Both those movies are fantastic in their own respect. Sure, Universal Soldier is really campy by todays standards, but it's still a fun film. Universal Soldier: Regeneration is a truly under appreciated gem of a movie. It's one of those movies that deserves more fame that it has. I really liked the direction that US:R took, and I was hooked with the possibilities.

This is a great movie. It's moody, and the pacing is great. This movie is dripping with attitude. But, to the uninitiated, US:DoR will be confusing and jarring. That's the flaw with this movie. Somebody who just picks this up wanting to see an action flick will be alienated because it's actually pretty artsy. Those looking for a similar movie to the original one will be confused with the ultra-violence going on. US:R was easy to pick up and just watch. It had some great action scenes, pretty good characterization, and an intriguing plot. Day of Reckoning feels more like an experiment than an outright sequel. It seems to me that the director decided to see just how much he could push the envelope of the action/sci-fi genre. I respect that, and I even admire it. But, it won't make many new fans for the series.

Another problem is the unexplained events between Regeneration and this one.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andre Dursin on January 10, 2013
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John Hyams, who directed 2009's surprisingly watchable "Universal Soldier: Regeneration," returned to write and direct this equally well-made but unpleasant and unrelentingly bonkers sequel starring Scott Adkins as a former military man whose wife and child are murdered. Who's responsible for their deaths? None other than Jean-Claude Van Damme's Luc Deveraux, who makes the transition from former movie hero to full-on psycho in a portentous tale of Luc's "UniSol" squadron wanting to take over the world...or is it all just a government conspiracy? Paced so slowly that each scene tends to linger on for minutes at a time, with a tone more akin to a horror film than the series' origins, "Day of Reckoning" features the requisite Dolph Lundgren cameo and is stylishly shot by Hyams (son of Peter), but the subject matter is so dour that the grim mood eventually overpowers the director's best intentions. Sony's Blu-Ray includes a commentary with Hyams and Lundgren along with a trio of Making Of featurettes, a 1080p transfer and DTS MA audio.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ollie on November 1, 2012
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Credit again to John Hyams on the production values of Day Of Reckoning considering the budget, however, this felt like an art house vision for a Universal Soldier movie. What the makers went for, I felt, would be in a similar vein to 'Drive' with Ryan Gosling. Another movie that I did not enjoy by the end.

I'm a big fan of Universal Soldier: Regeneration. It was a breath of fresh air among all the PG-13 movies in 2009 and a performance best for Van Damme in many years excluding JCVD. For it to turn out as well as it did considering it was a direct to DVD sequel to a 17 year old movie, is even more note worthy to the talents of John Hyams.

Back to Day Of Reckoning. First thing to note is that this a Scott Adkins movie. Van Damme is not in this much at all. Most of the scenes he is in excluding the last 10 minutes with his showdown with Adkins, he has little to no dialogue and amount to maybe 6 or 7 minutes total. Lundgren has more screen time but not by much and doesn't share any scenes with Van Damme. Or I just don't remember if they did. Day Of Reckoning could very easily have been called Universal Clones. It has little to almost nothing to do with Universal Soldier or Universal Soldier: Regeneration other than the same actors appear in character name only. I would say that this is not even a sequel. To categories it, I'd say that it is an alternate story involving cloned Universal Soldiers who resemble the Universal Soldiers from Regeneration in physical appearance only.

The violence in Day Of Reckoning is incredibly brutal to the point where it just is not enjoyable. It goes beyond the violence in Regeneration, think 'Drive' brutality again.
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