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Universal Soldier (1992)



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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren play archenemies from beyond the grave in this action film. During the Vietnam War, Luc (Van Damme), hoping to be sent home, comes upon blood-crazy Scott (Lundgren), who is starting a one-man genocide program. When Luc tries to stop Scott's carnage, Scott fights back and they end up killing each other. But now the government gets involved, cryogenically freezing their corpses and using their bodies in a secret government project call "UniSols" --turning the dead men into android fighting machines. Luc and Scott are now metallic fighting members of a robot SWAT team. But Luc begin to have flashbacks to the final moments of his life in Vietnam, as does Scott, who recalls that one of his final thoughts was to kill Luc. Meanwhile, a snoopy reporter named Veronica (Ally Walker) stumbles upon the secret of the UniSols, and soon Luc is trying to save both himself and Veronica from the wrath of Scott, who is trying to kill them both. All of the action culminates in a wild chase between a prison bus and a UniSols van, racing around hairpin turns on desert precipices.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Davis, Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin, Leslie Bohem
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
TriStar Pictures


Ally Walker
as Veronica
Ed O'Ross
as Col. Perry
Jerry Orbach
as Dr. Gregor
Leon Rippy
as Woodward
Robert Trebor
as Motel Owner
Gene Davis
as Lieutenant
Drew Snyder
as Charles
Donna Hardy
as Old Woman
Michael Winther
as Technician
Rance Howard
as Mr. Devreux
Lilyan Chauvin
as Mrs. Devreux
Monty Laird
as Attendant
Joanne Baron
as Waitress
Trini Tran
as Vietnamese Girl
Tai Thai
as Vietnamese Boy
Rachel Wagner
as Girl in Motel
Brandon Lambdin
as Boy in Motel
Ned Bellamy
as FBI Agent
Paul Raczkowski
as Briefing Officer
Daniel Demorest
as Radio Operator
Tanner Gill
as Masked Gunman
Dona Hardy
as Old Woman
Leon Delaney
as Patrolman
George Fisher
as Patrolman
Dave Efron
as Trucker
R.D. Carpenter
as Policeman
Duane Davis
as Policeman
Shane Dixon
as Policeman
Joel Kramer
as Policeman
Rodd Wolff
as Policeman
Leilani Jones
as Reporter at Hoover D...
Mike Rauseo
as Reporter at Hoover D...
Stephen Wolfe Smith
as Reporter at Hoover D...
Tom Taglang
as Soldier
Roger B. Ellsworth
as Sharpshooter
Matt Thomas
as Sharpshooter
Mirron E. Willis
as Sharpshooter
John de Mita
as Television News Crew...
John DeMita
as Television News Crew...
Jill Jaress
as Television News Crew...
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Critic Reviews for Universal Soldier

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

Full Review… | November 3, 2008
Top Critic

Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Lundgren, who glowers his way all too convincingly through the role of a rabid bully, may well be the only man in the universe who can make Mr. Van Damme look like an actor.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Though the idea is dumb enough to be fun, director Roland Emmerich does the Terminator thing without much style, and the two stars bash into each other but never connect.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

I suppose there is a market for this sort of thing among bubblebrained adolescents of all ages, but it takes a good chase scene indeed to rouse me from the lethargy induced by dozens and dozens of essentially similar sequences.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The action and the campiness barrel along in entertaining counterpoint. You can laugh when you're not absorbed with truck chases.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier is among Roland Emmerich better works as a director. The film is a fun and entertaining popcorn flick that no one should take seriously. The plot is pretty good, and though not too great is a pretty cool idea in terms of Si Fi action. Acting wise, there are some so-so performances from the cast, but Lundgren and Van Damme are pretty good considering their lack of talent. They're perfect for the roles they play as it doesn't really require any great acting. This one should appeal to fans of mindless action films, and if you're looking for sheer entertainment value, Universal Soldier will surely give you what you're looking for in terms of effective thrills and interesting concept. Emmerich is not a good directing, but at times, he can create something watchable, and along Independence Day, The Patriot and Day After Tomorrow, Universal Soldier is one of his most entertaining films. Don't expect anything great with this one, as it is very flawed, but manages to overcome its weaknesses by delivering good action sequences that are designed to thrill and entertain the viewer looking for memorable thrills. This film has been compared to The Terminator, and I can see why, in some respects. Nonetheless, the film works well enough to separate itself from The Terminator by exploring new territory. If you enjoy mindless action flicks, then definitely give this one a shot. The film lacks any great performances, but it doesn't try to be an accomplished film in terms of acting, or truly remarkable story. This is a popcorn action flick, pure and simple and it doesn't try to be anything more than that. A definite must see for action fans looking for very good action and thrills.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


The first and easily the best of the entire franchise methinks. This Emmerich film is clearly a better and well funded film than all the rest. Its glossy all over from the camera angles, costumes, explosions and editing to the superb finale fight.

Totally over the top violence and with a very over used robot/cyborg plot line (can't really help but mention 'The Terminator' here, sorry). But this is still a good solid action flick, possibly Lundgren's best as well. The final showdown between Van Damme and Lundgren is seriously epic, very tense and Lundgren being pretty darn intimidating in his 'pyscho zone'. The way he is so unstable makes for a very nerve racking character to watch.

Some of the sequences where he questions people or attacks them is actually pretty violent. The guy is like a rabid dog as he tears people apart, knives them or just guns them down...'are we having fun yet!?'. Lundgren really pulls out all the stops with this badass bad guy, highly impressive.

Visuals are good all the way through and like I said all the action is first rate with some great fights. JCVD in the bluecollar diner is nice, also the initial sequence with all the UniSols at the start is cool. Well some are your typical JCVD fights and setups basically but we know and love em right. Walker is cute, Lundgren is fudging evil and its all very predictable of course, like so many other similar action fests.

Its a much darker affair than most of JCVD's work if you ask me, very gritty and dirty with some real adrenaline flowing through the finale. You really feel the heat and sweat at the end, and if you're not cheering for 'Devereaux' to kick 'Scott's' ass then there's something wrong with you.

Cheesy as hell (check some of the dialog) but holy shit this is a riot. High bodycount assured.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Not critically very good however the story was interesting and it was just something easy and fun to watch. Van Damme and Lundgren were good in the roles (although not great) but it's just a good watch if you want something easy.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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