Soldier

Soldier

Paul Anderson (1998)

94min
18 Certificate
Tomorrow 11pm - 1am TCM (not TCM+1)
See Repeats
Friday, 12am - 2am TCM+1
HD
ADVERTISEMENT

Review

Our Score
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
Col Mekum Jason Isaacs
Sandra Connie Nielsen
Mace Sean Pertwee
Capt Church Gary Busey
Jimmy Pig Michael Chiklis
Rubrick Mark Bringleson
Director Paul Anderson
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersGuidance: Edited for some of its violence, and contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama