Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning


Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Critics 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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John (Adkins) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (15)

  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Day of Reckoning is somehow not just the best film in the series, but a damn fine piece of action filmmaking by any measure.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 0/4
  • 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.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This bloody wallow in sweat, guns and fisticuffs - for those who swing that way - delivers.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie creates something of the sensation of huffing industrial solvents - in a good way! - a waking-sleep zombification that can't exactly be described as pleasurable but definitely has an odd, distinct power.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

  • Jan 04, 2014
    Of the 4 Universal Soldier films, this is by far, the worse one yet. It is like they wanted to give the franchise a huge reboot and failed at it. They had a great idea of turning our hero Van Damme as the villain here. He does a great job here. But they failed in explaining why our hero went bad. A lot of the Universal Solider film do not have continuity. Scott Adkins was the wrong choice for the hero role. He is too flat and bland. His journey is kind of like Matt Damon's journey in Bourne Identity and Liam Neeson in Unknown. He is trying to find out who he really is. The style of the film feels like a horror film, which doesn't work here. The action scenes are not that good. I am surprised they brought back Andrei Arlovski back for this film. Lundgren does very little given the few scenes that he is in. My favorite Universal Soldier film is the 2nd one with Van Damme, Goldberg, and Michael Jai White.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2013
    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.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2013
    decent enough but not really the usual Universal Soldier kind of movie
    Stuart B Super Reviewer

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