Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
Critic Consensus: The mooted final installment in the long-running series is a hyper-violent, often grim throwback to action movies of yore -- which will appeal to some audiences just as emphatically as it deters others.
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Several sequences of this gorefest, which is posed between hyperkinetic martial-arts mayhem and near-static moments of confusion and terror, have a gleeful virtuosity that nearly redeems its lumbering longueurs and generic splatter.
Day of Reckoning is somehow not just the best film in the series, but a damn fine piece of action filmmaking by any measure.
"There... is... no... end" Van Damme announces in between blows. As a comment on the current film, I'll agree. As a prediction - all I can do is shudder.
An intensity of purpose and a patient, suspenseful directing style make the B-movie "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" superior to most of the big-budget action films I've seen lately.
This bloody wallow in sweat, guns and fisticuffs - for those who swing that way - delivers.
Audience Reviews for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
A man watches as his family is killed, then dedicates his life to tracking down the killer despite having lost all memory of his past life. Surprising sequel plays more like an ultraviolent horror/suspense movie than the expected action flick. Longtime fans of the franchise may not like the change in tone but it's fairly entertaining as a standalone film.
Where does the latest entry in the Universal Soldier franchise stand? Usually by the fourth film in any series, ideas start to be less than original and filmmakers start to recycle ideas and make mediocre and awful outings that will surely displease fans. However with this fourth entry, the filmmakers have made the most violent film in the franchise, and this is a savage work of action that is among the best in the series. Forget what you saw with the other three films in the series; Day of Reckoning is a totally new, refreshing and very entertaining film in the series that is worth seeing if you're a fan of the Universal Soldier films. This is one of the more elaborate films in the series in terms of plot, and it seems that the screenwriters went all out to create some much more engaging for action fans. The mindless action is there, but there is also a much better plot as well. Acting wise, the performances are adequate, but could have been better. Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning feels like a revenge action flick, and is one of the better films in the genre. I really didn't expect much out of this film, and quite honestly it surprised, considering that this series was never excellent in the first place and that it is a straight to DVD film. Fans should definitely check this one out and it far better than other entries. I'm very surprised that they were able to pull the film since the first and considering that, it's saying something about the quality of the film, and in some areas, it exceeds in delivering in some areas where the original failed. A pretty good and impressive straight to DVD picture that provides a highly entertaining two hours.
decent enough but not really the usual Universal Soldier kind of movie
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