Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms Reviews
(1998) Universal Soldier II: Brothers In Arms
SCIENCE-FICTION ACTION DRAMA/ COMEDY
Continued where the last "Universal Soldier" made for TV left off, with cyborg Luc Devereaux / GR44 (Matt Battaglia) where he's beating another cyborg to death, saving female reporter, Veronica (Chandra West). Meanwhile, discharged soldier Otto Mazur (Gary Busey) double cross some North Korean officials by killing them off after collecting some diamonds after making them think that they were going to buy some Universal Soldiers. We later find out that Luc has an older brother that's being held captive by the facility, to be turned into a Universal soldier, and are eventually going to reunite. Low budget and quite bad with terrible orchestrated action scenes.
1 out of 4
I knew I was in for a ultra shitty film from the opening title sequence, which is the cheapest looking title sequence I believe I have ever seen this side of late 90's Full Moon productions. The film first says Universal Soldier II, goes to a flashback to the first film, then has our 'subtitle' pop up as "Brother in Arms" with actual quotations around the wording. Quotations?! You know what this reminds me of? A fucking TV Show. Universal Soldier II is the name of the show and Brothers in Arms is the name of the episode. To top it off this film has production values even WORSE than most television series. This movie literally looks like a late night, post eleven o'clock TV show crap. Don't get me wrong as I am not against TV made films...but most TV made films at least show some quality to them. This might as well been made for the Lifetime network!
The film also has the gal to open with a flashback to the first film but completely refilming the damn climax complete with our new shitty actors and production values filling in for Van Damme and Dolf Lundgren. Why refilm the damn thing? Columbia/Tri Star pictures distributed this shit and they also were the co-production company of the original. Oh, I know why they refilmed it. They didn't want the audience going into the film expecting a film with quality by having amazing looking footage turning into shit right afterwards. I guess I will give them credit for that as I knew I was going into shit right from the beginning instead of being fooled into it.
After the "recap" at the beginning, we follow our reporter character and GR 44 (now played by Matt Battaglia) who lay low at his parents farm. He escapes, goes back to the military for help. Our reporter, who is also in love, follows him back to a government lab (run by cut-throat government agents Gary Busy and Burt Reynolds, smiling while they collect their paychecks) where she releases GR 44 older brother and boredom ensues.
Perhaps this films biggest sin is lack of action. The original film had grand action sequences and the action sequences here, if you can call them that, are extremely few in number and over with very quickly. The film is mostly filled with talking, talking, and more talking and this is a detriment to this "action" film since the plot and dialogue are uninteresting.
The plot, acting, lack of action, and poor production values strip this sequel of any entertainment worth. Perhaps with a little more money and tighter writing this could have made an interesting TV movie sequel but as it is it is completely pointless and forgettable. Still people looking to torture themselves some more can catch Universal Soldier III, which is graciously packaged on the same DVD disc!
Obvious cash in made on the quick and cheap when the news that Van Damme would be making a sequal (The Return). Low production, shitty acting, plodding action scenes with no energy, a script that needs at least 3 more rewrites, and no love/respect for the source material. The only good things I can say about this is Gary Busey is entertaing, Chandra West is easy on the eyes and Burt Reynolds shows up spotting histories worst Irish accent. Watch at your own peril.
But I'm pretty sure it was the 2d, as it was a pack with 2 DVDs, with the 1st one.
It was more or less as well as the 1st from what I remember.
I wanna see the 2 others, but more the soon coming sequel on theatre.