Universal Soldier 1992

Universal Soldier

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Universal Soldier unites a pair of veteran action stars behind a potentially intriguing premise, but on this battlefield, entertainment value is largely AWOL.

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During the Vietnam War, soldier Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) finds that his superior officer, Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), has turned violently deranged, and the two fight to the death. After their bodies are retrieved, they are placed into a secret program in which they are reanimated and trained to become unquestioning killing machines. While Devereaux and Scott initially have no memory of their former lives, glimpses of their pasts start to return, rekindling their intense conflict.

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Critic Reviews for Universal Soldier

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (22)

  • This thick-headed item is miraculously well put together.

    November 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

    November 3, 2008

    Brian Lowry

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

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 20, 2003
  • 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

Audience Reviews for Universal Soldier

  • Jan 13, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2012
    In a weird sort of way this is a good little film even though the plot is abit silly, The action was ok, Overall an ok film even with its poor acting.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2012
    Not the best movie ever, but nonetheless entertaining to say the least. Casting was great, plot is interesting. A bit campy but campy fun!!!! The film also offers some laughter too. A good time waster for a Sunday afternoon
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2012
    The premise and the cast outweigh the storyline and that's the real shame about this film. You have two big names in the action scene of the 90s and an up and coming mega director. The real issue with the film is the lack of a coherent explanation for the storyline. The film has a large action scope and that car chase scene later in the film looks incredible on 4k. There was a better film to made here and it's a shame they didn't exploit the use of the two leads. Van Damme is very quiet and lacks the usual charisma that comes with his films. Let's be honest, the two leads don't have strong acting traits, but they do maintain presence. The film could've been different and grittier, but something was not right in the pre-production and production of this film. It's a guilty pleasure and a cult film. 12/01/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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