Solo (1996)



Critic Consensus: Featuring hammy performances and bland characters, Solo is an all too straightforward actioner that's both predictable and instantly forgettable.

Movie Info

The American military-industrial complex has a blueprint for the perfect mechanical soldier. Unfortunately, the prototype, Solo (Mario Van Peebles), has responded appropriately to his programming (which requires him to reason things out on his own), with results that the designers didn't anticipate and don't like. For one thing, he objects to killing innocent bystanders. Already one of their covert operations has been ruined by his scruples. The manufacturers have given orders that he is to be … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Corley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Gen. Clyde Haynes

as Col. Frank Madden

as Col. Frank Madden

as Bill Stewart

as Agela

as Lorenzo

as Rebel in Church

as Mr. Thompson

as Communications Offic...

as Heimsman

as Flight Deck Officer

as Father Cerna

as Elder No. 1

as Elder No. 2

as Scanion

as Pierson

as Hawkins

as Rebel Soldier

as Lab Tech

as Rebel in Church
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Critic Reviews for Solo

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

The action is neither big nor imaginatively filmed enough to satisfy fans of the genre, though Van Peebles seems to be enjoying his crack at sad-eyed, Chaplinesque pathos.

Full Review… | July 27, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

These escapist showdown movies are only as good as their villains and heroes. The heavies here are more of those ubiquitous gung-ho military types who are due to be dishonorably discharged from further cinematic duty.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Here's a surprise tucked into the languishing days of summer movies. Arriving with hardly any attention is a satisfying, even fun, action picture about a futuristic soldier named Solo.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Since the hero and the villains are equally mechanical, the big, loud battles are as exciting and suspenseful as watching people play Mortal Kombat for 90 minutes.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Solo is at least instructive as a miscellany of action movie cliches in one neat and depressing package.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The best one can say for Norberto Barba is that he directs a slick piece of goods. But no amount of fast cutting or tempo can disguise the material's simplistic, thoughtless nature.

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Solo


Hollywood's first African-American android hero is a perfect fighting machine except for one thing - he's developing feelings. This angers military brass so much that they intend to mess with his microchips, so he flees into the South American jungle where he saves local peasants from armed rebels, battles an evil android, and learns to laugh.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Typically cheap and generic action movie from Mario Van Peebles, who plays an android with a conscience who escapes from his military creators when faced with "reprogramming". It's basically a rip off of Terminator 2 with shades of Predator, and not a particularly good one. Why is it these high tec androids can never grasp the concept of "lying" and "why we cry"? Because action scriptwriters are talentless ****wits. That's why.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Pretty good. Typically cheap and generic action movie from Mario Van Peebles.

Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer

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