Universal Soldier: The Return

Universal Soldier - the Return

Mic Rodgers (1999)

18 Certificate


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Jean-Claude Van Damme returns in this insultingly awful big-screen follow-up to the 1992 hit (which has already spawned two straight-to-video tales featuring Matt Battaglia in place of the original star). Van Damme's nice guy terminator is now a technical adviser on the secret government project that turns dead soldiers into killing machines. Naturally, they go on the rampage, leading to much thrill-free punching, kicking and riddling with bullets. Thinly plotted and painfully clichéd even by genre standards, this moronic mess doesn't even have the benefit of crowd-pleasing action sequences. Watching a bunch of dull characters hurtling through a plate glass window about 50 times is neither inventive nor exhilarating, proving perhaps that ex-stunt co-ordinators shouldn't be allowed a stab at feature film directing.


The resurrected warrior battles for survival against a host of supercharged troops controlled by an insane computerised opponent. Action adventure sequel, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz and Kiana Tom.

Cast & Crew

Luc Devreaux Jean-Claude Van Damme
SETH Michael Jai White
Erin Heidi Schanz
Dylan Cotner Xander Berkeley
Captain Blackburn Justin Lazard
Maggie Kiana Tom
General Radford Daniel Von Bargen
Sergeant Morrow James Black (2)
Director Mic Rodgers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Sep 1999