Retrograde (2004)



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When a deadly microorganism threatens to wipe out the entire human race, the only hope for the future of mankind is to send a special team of soldiers back in time to prevent the virus from ever coming into existence. The year is 2204. Mankind is under attack from a fast-spreading super-bug that now threatens to destroy the very fabric of human civilization. Our only hope lies with Captain John Foster (Dolph Lundgren) and his elite squad of genetically resistant soldiers. Captain Foster's … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gianluca Curti, Tom Reeve
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2009


as John Foster

as Markus

as Renee Diaz

as Dalton
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Old Dolph hits rock bottom with this flick, possibly the most low budget, poorest and laughable action flick from Dolph so far. This really is a joke, even Seagal's films aren't quite as bad as this. The effects look like they been done by a high school student on his computer, the fights and gun battles are hilariously bad, dialog isn't worth mentioning and the cast are starting to repeat films if you look closely, same D-listers for these bargain basement straight to the garbage can offerings.

The plot isn't too bad though, travelling back in time to stop a team finding some infected meteors that will infect and wipe out mankind in the distant future with a plague, could be cool but I'm afraid its not. Avoid unless you want a laugh.

Phil Hubbs

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A confoundingly poor action film. Plot is not usually the genre's strong suit... but in this case, it is not merely ridiculous or unrealistic, but utterly pathetic. One imagines all the high-tech bullets that whiz around during this film are responsible for this hole-riddled plot. Weak (at best) martial arts between clumsily-clad future space commandos makes one think they were on sleeping pills while fighting... and the gunplay is even more frustrating, with pistols that can apparently explode helicopters but can't keep them from resorting to knives against each other 100% of the time. I barely even want to touch on the romantic subplot that manages to be exceedingly convoluted despite its utter superficiality.

Hardly worth ones time, with nearly none of its premises (a supervirus, time-travel, or sci-fi action) being even remotely delivered. All one gets are numerous closeups of the freakish bone structure of Dolph Lundgren in such varied settings as "cargo bay", "frozen cargo bay", "frozen tundra" and "corpse-strewn tundra."

One might as well just look at publicity stills to receive the same excitement the film has to offer, without wasting an hour and a half of ones life.

Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

Wow. I don't know, man. Dolph is usually fun, and he can carry a movie just by being Dolph, but even Dolph didn't seem like he was having too much fun here. 'Retrograde' has finally been released in the States after 5 years of being available in Europe. I can very much see why. This movie looks cheap. And I mean PM Entertainment cheap (that's saying a lot, because PM movies usually make Dolph's movies look like they have the production values of Jurassic Park in comparison); the story is tired (something about a mutant virus that has decimated the future, and Dolph is some dude from the future sent back in time to stop it, carnage ensues, etc...), and again, Dolph is just not "there." I don't think he felt the story, and I don't feel this either. Sorry, big guy. Gary Daniels, a great martial artist, is completely wasted here in a straight acting role as one of the explorers. I felt akin to how I felt watching the Crow: City of Angels, when the filmmakers had two great actors (the Yellow Ranger Trini and Iggy Pop) and DID NOTHING with them. That's Retrograde. Dolph doesn't do a whole lot here, and the rest of the movie is taken up by supporting characters and antagonists that the viewer could care less about. I'm glad I got this free @ Redbox, or I'd be giving it one star. As it's Dolph, it still gets two for the awesome jumpsuit he wears. But really, stay far away from this one and rent 'Missionary Man' instead.

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