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½ June 22, 2017
in my opinion the worst one yet
February 12, 2017
So I got suckered by the oldest trick in the low-budget film marketing game. I saw Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren top billed and all over the poster, but they are barely supporting characters who are hardly in the movie until the very end. What the film is really about is Scott Adkins having his family killed by masked Universal Soldiers and he then spends the rest of the film seeking his revenge. Despite the bait and switch on who the stars of the film are, the action was surprisingly good for a low budget action film, particularly the fight sequences. It also helped that there was pretty much wall-to-wall action, which is enough to hold action film fans interest, though I'm not sure the action/sci-fi/horror revenge story is enough to hold non-action fan's attention, but I do think the story was a bit more of a head-trip than I'd expected for a direct-to-video, past-their-prime action star flick.
½ February 9, 2017
An odd mixture of action, mystery, sci-fi, horror, and surrealism. They don't all mesh well together, especially the mystery aspect that gets more confusing the more they explain it. But the action scenes are kinetic, bloody, well-choreographed mayhem, and really, what more can you ask for?
December 23, 2016
Decent enough if you're a fan of the previous films, but you probably wouldn't really get or enjoy it if this is the first film you've seen in the series.
September 18, 2016
Actually a great film. It doesn't always communicate its thoughts well but it has a strong style, a surrealistic edge, and some incredibly well choreographed and shot fight scenes.
March 20, 2016
awesome. amazing action
½ February 21, 2016
One of the worst (if not the worst) movies ever
October 28, 2015
A pesar de ser una mala película, es buena en varios sentidos. Vamos primero con sus puntos malos: No sostiene una continuidad con la anterior, salvo por sus personajes, regresan Van Damme, Ludgren y Arlovski con los que al parecer son sus mismos personajes, pero nos pierden por completo al no incluir al Capitán Burke de la anterior del que se suponía iban a introducirlo al programa UniSol (Soldado Universal) o incluso presentar al personaje de Van Damme como un villano, aunque eso lo dejaré más adelante. Y sigue cambiando la ciencia ficción con el gore, aún cuando sí dejan ver alguno que otro guiño a este género literario pero sin tantos efectos y más lógica y diálogo.
De entrada nos muestran a un sanguinario Deveraux que asesina la familia de John, quien al parecer ahora es un UniSol cuyas habilidades desconocía. Sin embargo este giro de la trama, aunque muy predecible, suena interesante salvo que ahora los desertores del programa UniSol que se clasifican como iluminados no dejan de verse como unos zombies aunque hayan salido del programa. No establece la trama qué tan al futuro está de los acontecimientos de la película anterior. Sin embargo este giro le da un aire fresco tal vez para cambiar de personajes y continuar en un futuro con la saga con otros actores. Me parece que lo mejor es su desenlace aunque muy tardado. Muy recomendable aún cuando no haya visto las anteriores y guste de las películas de balazos sin sentido. Y ver a hombres extra musculozos golpearse unos a otros como muy machos. De esas cosas que a veces se extrañan en el cine actual con tanta malla y tanta capa o máscara :D
October 17, 2015
Do not waste your time
½ October 1, 2015
Started. Did not finish. Very bad.
August 16, 2015
With Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning being one of the best reviewed entries into the series and Scott Adkins joining the cast, I did find myself with a modicum of hope for this entry.

Although I was hopeful, in essence the only thing I really felt I could have expected was a solid collection of B-movie action scenes like the ones delivered on the preceding film Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Considering that both films had the same director, I did believe that there was potential here.
Since the story logic in the Universal Solider series keeps changing with some characters gaining new motivations every five minutes and others being resurrected somehow, it is hardly worth getting concerned over the fact that the story logic in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is senseless. But I wouldn't even begin to question it because all I wanted nothing more than solid action out of the film. This was a sensible approach to take also because the story deviates far from the basic Universal Soldier concept and turns its Unisols into a separatist group bent on creating some kind of uprising. This hardly makes sense, and the fact that Luc Deveraux becomes one of the central antagonists this time betrays the roots of the series. But since the series is average at best, I find that little of this bothers me. The language is pretty generic stuff as well, although the repetitive use of coarse language is ridiculous enough to be occasionally funny.
At the heart of the story in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, the focus revolves largely around protagonist known simply as John who finds himself dragged into a war with the Unisols. Unlike Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning makes a genuine effort to put a character into the story. There is added drama surrounding the character, but it is certainly far from compelling and just drags on if exhilaration is not an occurrence at the time. I can see that the writers were making an effort, but considering that Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is the sequel to a direct-to-DVD action film from a meandering series, it would be hard for viewers to find cause for concern within the narrative. The only issue in the narrative is that the story takes itself a bit too seriously and ends up so heavily focused on telling its story even though the tale is generic.
Yet I must say that with such a small budget and an average series of preceding films, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning transcended my expectations remarkably well. With an increased budget, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning manages to maintain the illusion of a more legitimate story which feels like the highest standard that the series has seen since its first entry. As Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning maintains a low budget, it does not have room to be overblown. It has room to mess around with unnecessary drama which can prove frustrating, but it relies almost purely on practical stunts and effects. With John Hyams working behind the camera, it is no surprise that it succeeds because Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning contains some of his most stylish action to date. John Hyams has worked with Jean-Claude Van Damme multiple times in the past, most notably directing him in Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Dragon Eyes which both proved to be entertaining films for me on the basis of the action more than anything else. This time, he works mainly with Scott Adkins to capture some amazing fight scene which are packed with versatile techniques, creative stunts and blood. As well as that, there awesome car chases and shootouts. While the former make strong use of the budget, the latter indicate a significant increase in the blood and gore for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. The practical effects are all impressive, and they give a more sadistic edge to the film. On top of all the violence, there is plenty of nudity used since a strip club is one of the most predominant settings use in the story. Since Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is packed with bloody violence and nudity, it proudly caters to audiences searching for a guilty pleasure that borderlines on gruesome. Many consider that the blood and gore in the film is excessive and I can understand why they would think that. But for me, I felt that the relentless brutality of the film gave it a realistic edge and stood out from all the PG-13 action films that Hollywood is plaguing audiences with. In essence, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is an action film built on practical effects and strong choreography assisted by powerful cinematography and timely editing. Some of the action scenes are captured by extensive long shots while others use more quick cut editing, but both are thoroughly impressive techniques. There is even a touch of slow motion which is moderated well and makes the high definition nature of the stunts all the more effective. Few action films these days actually recognize the importance of good action sequences, but the fact that John Hyams does and continuously improves himself with every action film he makes gives me a lot of respect for him. It's worth mentioning that John Hyams is now on my list of film directors I deem worthy of following, and since he earned that working in low budget action cinema, that is a very impressive achievement. And though he is off when it comes to giving the best quantity of screen time to each cast member, the genuine quality of effort that he gets out of them is nothing short of remarkable.
Scott Adkins is given the responsibility of being the main character in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and therefore has to carry the material, even though its B-movie nature ensures that he does not have much at all to work with. As a result, his acting charisma is decent yet the material is repetitive and so the compelling nature of his character is limited. However, Scott Adkins considers Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning one of his proudest works and it is easy to see why. As an action hero, Scott Adkins is truly remarkable. While he starts off the film confused and vulnerable, he actually develops the character fairly well as the story bellows down on him and you can see the tension rising within him before he unleashes it during the fight scenes. On a quest for vengeance, Scott Adkins develops a sense of relentless anger along the way which turns into an intense state of mind he maintains during the action scenes, and he does have some effective dramatic moments. But what is truly remarkable is just how talented he is at fighting. His fighting becomes not only an impressive physical achievement but the root of his character as he gradually begins to express his emotional state through violence more and more. And with Scott Adkins at the helm of doing that, we see him making swift stabs with a knife and quick pulls of the trigger on his gun without a second thought. And even then, all that plays second fiddle to the remarkable fighting style which makes use of amazingly quick punches and acrobatic kicks coming from every direction, among many other things. It's hard to put into words how amazing Scott Adkins' fighting style is, but Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning does it for me and single handily conveys the notion that he is someone worth following deep into the world of action cinema. Scott Adkins is nothing short of an inspiration in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and he puts up the best fight that any cast member who ever appeared in the series has.
With Jean-Claude Van Damme's prior work with John Hyams leaving him with a minuscule quantity of screen time, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he repeats the same feat in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. This time, he is reduced to playing a supporting character in a series which started out as a vehicle for him. The character Luc Deveraux is pushed into being on the other side of the law this time, and Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a hollow robotic antagonist with ease simply through a restrained but intense line delivery and a fearlessly confident handling of his fight scenes. With age, Jean-Claude Van Damme shows no signs of losing his touch as a fighter because he continues to pack a merciless punch against everyone that gets in his way. Jean-Claude Van Damme adds fighting strength to the action in the film, and I would expect nothing less from him.
Dolph Lundgren gets essentially the same amount of screen time in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning that he got in Universal Soldier: Regeneration. He delivers exactly what I expected and is entertaining as a result. The lines he delivers match the naturally antagonistic edge of his tall stature and his physique is an attractive sight, and he tops it all with his ability to keep the action going. Dolph Lundgren grasps his weaponry with confidence and puts up an awesome fight when challenging Scott Adkins, keeping his persona active the entire time. He makes a memorable effort during his little screen time.
Even Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski returns for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. He may not have the extensive relevance or powerful punch that was delivered in Universal Soldier: Regeneration, but his role as a bad guy is as awesome as ever because of the blunt force behind the fists of the former UFC champion. Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski's fight scene with Scott Adkins is the first major one of the film and a massive turning point for the story because they both fight remarkably well against each other, so Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning boosts a lot of credibility from his appearance.

So although Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning has unnecessary dramatic plotting and give little screen time to the stars that the series was created for, the incredible eye for action maintained by John Hyams and revolutionary fighting skills of Scott Adkins render it the best entry in the entire series.
July 27, 2015
Takes the franchise in a completely different direction, but is still a pretty good sci-fi/action/horror movie.
June 5, 2015
Atkins is the balls but this series is flogging a dead horse. The only good US was the first one, where both VanDamme and Lundgren were the main stars. They both have just glorified cameos here. The action is solid enough to keep you entertained and at times is ultra violent. Maybe they should just do one more with both the original stars in the lead and then end it on a high, because the three sequels have been shocking.
½ May 17, 2015
neither bad nor impressive
½ March 13, 2015
Sono tentato di mettergli 8, questo è veramente l'Apocalypse Now dei film d'azione o_O ci vogliono i cojones per prendere una saga di serie B dimenticata da tutti e trasformarla in questa roba ribaltando tutto. Tanto di cappello a Hyams jr, ma soprattutto a Van Damme.
February 10, 2015
I couldn't believe how well shot this movie was. The last thing I expected to love about a Universal Soldier movie is the cinematography. Its just a shame that the movie itself plays like a brainless, hyper-violent affair with too much nasty violence and not enough genuine action or character development.
January 25, 2015
this movie has tons of badass action and tons of blood and gore, and the only way to see it is the uncut version since anything uncut is always better :-)
November 30, 2014
WTF?!? Van Damme & Lundgren lose to some lame-o B-movie cookie cutter martial arts hero? Again WTF!!!
November 19, 2014
matko jedyna, tak si? nie powinno robi? filmów!
November 16, 2014
Scott Adkins plays a man who has his family killed by universal soldiers the leader played by Luc Deveraux ( van damn) and goes after vengeance ,but in pursuit of him
he gets tracked down by the uni sols ,including dolph lundgran this is a very Gorey action movie and will apeal to anyone who is a fan of the universal soldier movies i give this 3 out of 5 stars
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