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Soldier

Soldier

Paul Anderson (1) (1998)

94min
18 Certificate
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Shane goes to outer space in this depressingly unoriginal slice of science fiction from Event Horizon director Paul Anderson. A near monosyllabic Kurt Russell plays the brainwashed army killing machine dumped on a garbage planet when a newer DNA manipulated model is developed. There he finds a forgotten outpost of stranded humans who adopt him as their warrior saviour when Jason Scott Lee's genetically enhanced battalion arrives for practice manoeuvres. There's hardly an original bone in its body, despite the screenplay from Blade Runner's) David Webb Peoples, and Anderson trots out familiar clichés against a tired postapocalyptic backdrop. It's a by-the-numbers empty spectacle with zero emotional engagement, lots of mindless slam-bang action and heaps of unintentional laughs.

Summary

A veteran elite soldier who has only ever known a life of war is left for dead by his superiors on a desolate planet. Rescued by the inhabitants, he gets his first taste of a normal life, which he feels compelled to defend when his new home is invaded by an army of his genetically engineered replacements. Sci-fi action thriller, starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen and Sean Pertwee.

Cast & Crew

Todd Kurt Russell
Caine 607 Jason Scott Lee
Sandra Connie Nielsen
Captain Church Gary Busey
Jimmy Pig Michael Chiklis
Colonel Mekum Jason Isaacs
Mace Sean Pertwee
Director Paul Anderson (1)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Brothers Guidance: Edited for some of its violence, and contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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