Solo (1996)



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

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The American military-industrial complex has a prototype for new mechanical soldier Solo, who can reason on his own. However, the designers didn't realize that Solo objects to killing innocent bystanders. Before he can be reprogrammed, Solo escapes and teaches a village of oppressed peasants how to fight back successfully.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Adrien Brody
as Bill Stewart
William Sadler
as Col. Frank Madden
Norberto Barba
as Rebel Soldier
Seidy Lopez
as Agela
Jaime Gómez
as Lorenzo
Barry Corbin
as Gen. Clyde Haynes
John Flock
as Lab Tech
Abel Woolrich
as Lazaro
Greg Collins
as Scanion
Christopher Michael
as Flight Deck Officer
Kevin Cole
as Hawkins
Socorro Avelar
as Abuelita
Álvaro Carcaño
as Elder No. 1
William A. Wallace
as Mr. Thompson
Julian Bucio
as Rebel in Church
Lucas Dudley
as Heimsman
Carlos Quintero
as Elder No. 2
Brent Schaefer
as Communications Officer
Fernecio de Bernal
as Father Cerna
Randy Reyes
as Locke
Sid Belk
as Pierson
Julian Buccio
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
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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 4, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Solo

Mario Van Peebles is the man! But this is the very definition of so bad it is good.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer


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
Dean McKenna

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

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

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