Universal Soldier (1992)

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Universal Soldier: Directed by Roland Emmerich. With Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker, Ed O’Ross. Two rival soldiers who were killed in Vietnam are brought back to life in a top secret military experiment that creates superhuman warriors.

“I just wanna say that I have a real soft spot for the 80u0026#39;s action heroes that I watched relentlessly when I was growing up. Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Seagal and yes, to some extent, Van Damme. The Muscles from Brussels was always my least favourite but I usually checked out his films. I donu0026#39;t think any of them are REALLY good but Iu0026#39;ve always liked this one very much. Sure, itu0026#39;s pretty dumb for the most part but it has a distinct advantage over most of his films; ITu0026#39;S ALSO GOT DOLPH LUNDGREN. Now, I just remember him so vividly in Rocky 4, and being as young as I was when I first saw it; I remember cheering him on, and being immensely sad when he lost.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eUniversal Soldier has a good opener, introducing Van Damme and Lundgren as Vietnam soldiers (Lundgren a total nut and Van Damme a good soldier) who wind up killing each other. Decades later, they end up becoming part of a zombie ultra military squad who are controlled by the government. But they snap out of it, come to life and go head to head once more, since they have some unfinished business.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNow, the story is no Oscar winner, but itu0026#39;s fairly original and sets the motion for some great action sequences and a very entertaining good vs. evil battle between Lundgren and Van Damme. If only the Ally Walker character could have been made a bit more tolerable (and less a cliché) weu0026#39;d nearly have a total winner.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAll in all, the action scenes are great, Lundgren is terrific, obviously having a field day playing his role and Van Damme is alright, but then again, heu0026#39;s never been great.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eUniversal Soldier is Van Dammeu0026#39;s best film and quite easily recommended for action fans.”


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