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Posted on 11/07/12 07:54 PM
Taking the same direction as 'The Raid: Redemption', 'Day of Reckoning' assumes that blimey, balls-to-the-wall action will overshadow the fragility of the script. But at least 'The Raid' had the courtesy to set up the simple premise in the beginning and have the action play out for the rest of the duration. Day of Reckoning wants us to piece together a vague story that seems to meander along and is put aside for stretches of time. This is essentially how the movie pans out: five minutes of bland exposition, then five minutes of hardcore violence, then five minutes of bland exposition, and so on and so forth.
That being said, the fight sequences are really well choreographed, are often visceral, and downright wild. You don't really need to try and follow the story (they explain everything in the last scene, anyway), but fans of the series, or fans of inspired fight sequences, will likely enjoy 'Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning' for what it is: a generic action movie disguised as art house.