Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

John Hyams (2009)

92min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to one of his best-known roles in this ambitious reboot of the sci-fi action franchise. Ageing yet agile, he demonstrates he's still got the moves, as his reanimated warrior Luc Deveraux is forcibly re-commissioned to help stop stereotypical terrorists from blowing up the crippled Chernobyl nuclear plant. The film opens impressively with an adrenaline-rush car chase, before settling into routine shoot 'em up mode, accompanied by gritty visuals and a pounding soundtrack. It's technically accomplished but narratively flimsy, making the increasingly illogical events feel like padding in preparation for the final act's main attraction: a slugfest between Van Damme and his original Universal Soldier nemesis, Dolph Lundgren.

Summary

A dead soldier who was brought back to life as the ultimate killing machine is revived once more to deal with terrorists who have taken control of a nuclear reactor. He finds his enemies not only have a more advanced reanimated soldier in their ranks, but they have also resurrected an old foe of his. Sci-fi thriller sequel, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.

Cast & Crew

Luc Deveraux Jean-Claude Van Damme
Andrew Scott Dolph Lundgren
NGU Andrei Arlovski
Capt Kevin Burke Mike Pyle
Col John Coby Corey Johnson
Dr Porter Garry Cooper
Dr Sandra Flemming Emily Joyce
Cdr Topov Zahary Baharov
Director John Hyams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD
Drama