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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.


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

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (33)

  • 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.

    Jul 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 28, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 28, 2013 | Full Review…

    John Gustafson

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Solo is at least instructive as a miscellany of action movie cliches in one neat and depressing package.

    May 28, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2006

    Leonard Klady

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Solo

  • Apr 14, 2010
    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 taken back to the lab and reprogrammed. Now on the run from his makers, he comes to a village of oppressed peasants and teaches them how to fight back successfully in a sequence which harkens to the classic The Seven Samurai.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2009
    Mario Van Peebles is the man! But this is the very definition of so bad it is good.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2008
    <b> Solo is one of the Movies, that is really Bad. I should have said this Movie should have never made, but it is not bad for a TV Movie and I enjoyed it, so I rather dont say that. There is no Story. And believe me, really no Plot you can hang on. It is one of the Movies you dont know why you enjoy, even though it is really 90% worst TV Movie. Still you cannt help to miss it when you catch on TV. You know what I mean?
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2008
    Mario Van Peebles delivers quality as always.
    The M Super Reviewer

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