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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • John Hyams
  • 113 mins
  • 18

Summary

A man awakens from a coma to find his family has been murdered, and seeks revenge on the man responsible - a soldier brought back to life in a government experiment. His search leads him to an army of these resurrected soldiers, who are plotting a revolution. Sci-fi thriller sequel, with Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This instalment in the Universal Soldier series stars Scott Adkins as a man out for revenge. Jean-Claude Van Damme killed his wife and child, so Adkins sets out to hunt him (and his growing army of renegade Universal Soldiers) down. Wavering between intriguing and unpleasant, this sci-fi action thriller aspires to be more than a B-movie slugfest, bathing everything in a sombre tone almost akin to a psychological horror. However, these aspirations are hampered by a confusing and inconsistent plot, which director John Hyams attempts to cover up with tremendous amounts of bloodshed. Franchise poster men Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren appear sparingly (the former spends a lot of his time silently staring into the camera), with most of the focus on British actor Adkins, who makes a sincere but wooden lead. While an experimental tone gives the movie a different feel than you would expect, Day of Reckoning may nevertheless be for franchise completists only.

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Credits

Cast

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Luc DeverauxJean-Claude Van Damme
Andrew ScottDolph Lundgren
JohnScott Adkins
MagnusAndrei Arlovski
SarahMariah Bonner
Dr SuDavid Jensen
MilesKristopher Van Varenberg

Crew

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DirectorJohn Hyams

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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