Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning 2012

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John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.

Starring:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director John Hyams
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cheese Steak Jimmy on 3 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is truly bonkers. I don't really know how Hyams sold the concept of this to the studio execbots: "yeah, Universal Soldier 4 is going to be a pastiche of loads of common sci-fi tropes -- like clones, body regeneration, implanted memories -- that I'm going to mix in with Kubrickian slomo camera shots, Lynchian psychodrama, and loads of Apocalypse Now. We'll have Van Damme ape Brando's Kurtz and have him walk around a lot mumbling and looking miserable, and not fighting, and Scott Adkins driving around a lot looking miserable, and not fighting, and some random big dude with a beard who fights everything. But when it gets violent I'm going to push the violence as far as I can, and try and offend everyone with my opening sequence. It'll be great, I'm telling ya."

In all seriousness, this is not a movie for everyone, but I quite frankly loved it. Hyams really does let his imagination run wild on this one, and cheerfully cribs from loads of other directors and movies, but he never seemed to get the memo that this is the fourth in a series of increasingly minor action roles that no one -- save for the odd action junkie fondly remembering movies from his or her childhood/youth -- cares about any more, and tries hard to make this movie anything but your conventional DTV B-movie with ageing action stars.

Day of reckoning is crass, extremely violent, uneven, and low budget, but it should also be commended for being ambitious, and shot through with passion and creative vision. It is absolutely not a movie for everyone -- if you want a safer trip up action-memory-lane stick with The Expendables 2 -- but if you fancy a detour of the beaten path, and are willing to forgive the flaws the flaws that are a consequence of the directorial ambition, then by all means give this a shot.

Just remember that the film is absolutely bonkers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JKG on 15 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is really just a bit of a belated review to clear up some misunderstanding surrounding the UK steelbook version of this film. I keep reading that the UK 2D disc is the uncut version of the film and that the 3D disc is the theatrical version. However, this isn't the case. Both 2D & 3D discs run to an identical time: 1hr 53mins and 43secs. Inevitably, this means that both versions are either theatrical or uncut. Having seen the film in 2D fully uncut, I decided to have a look at several key scenes on the 3D disc. To my surprise (I shouldn't have been surprised, considering the identical running time), it was also completely uncut.

This can be verified by going here: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=583749
... and making the appropriate comparisons using your 3D disc.

As a side not, I've also read some people having problems getting the 3D disc to play in 3D. I can confirm the 3D disc IS a proper 3D disc and not another 2D disc erroneously labelled. The problem is some BD players displaying the image. I popped it into my Samsung and the 3D disc played in 2D. I then popped it into my Sony BDP and PS3 and the image was a full 3D one containing nice depth of field and separation between objects. The 3D is surprisingly effective for such a minor film, and even more of a boon when you consider it's also fully uncut. Funnily enough, putting the disc back into my Samsung BDP, I was then asked if I wanted to view the film in 2D or 3D. Upon selecting 3D, it then played properly in 3D (the menu and Studiocanal intro are both in 2D btw).

So, in summation, the 3D disc is a fully functional providing your player can display it, and it's also fully unrated.

Hope this clears up some confusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
In the opening scene John (Scott Adkins) sets the screen scene record for a non-cyborg to get hit by a crowbar and survive. As he wanders off into a coma as he watches Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who is wearing gloves, murder his family. The FBI knows it is Luc, because he "left his prints all over the place." Now is this a clue, or just a screw up?

John awakes from his coma and doesn't remember much of his life as he looks for Luc and tries to put things together. He discovers he was not a nice person and that entering a strip joint causes instant healing as he no longer has to use his cane to get around. He teams up with a dancer (Mariah Bonner) who knows the bad him and they go on an adventure having to fight off a "Manchurian" plumber who drives a truck with a self repairing hood.

In order to keep things level, people who could act better than Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren were not considered for roles. All around a fairly sorry film for the franchise. Oh, not "Halloween 3" bad, but close.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, full frontal nudity (male and female), plenty of blood and exploding heads.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erwann Kerroch on 14 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I've never been a fan of the Universal Soldier Franchise. I saw the first one when I was young, and the only reason I came back to it was because I was expecting a huge turn in Van Damme's career after "JCVD". So I watched "Universal Soldier: Regeneration", and honestly I was kinda disappointed by the actor who seemed not to care anymore about his acting. But the one thing that surprised me was the director John Hyams (son of director Peter Hyams), who did a great job on the movie. It was raw, violent and not dumb (I wouldn't say smart) like the first entry of the series.
So when I heard that he was back for "Day of reckoning", and that the main character would be played by Scott Adkins - a man who's actually interested in building a name for himself - I was quite interested. From the trailers, interviews and early reviews, you could actually see that the movie was gonna be very different from the last ones. But just to make sure I prepare myself for the worst - cause it was still gonna be a B-movie after all !

Now that I watched it, I can easily say that "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" is very easily the best, most mature, violent and disturbing movie of the franchise. The thing is, it's in fact so disturbing and unexpected that a lot of people (who are only seeking a good old pop-corn action flick) won't stand it.
"Day of Reckoning" is trying very hard to mature the series - maybe too much for its own good; but for someone who wasn't expecting much but a stupid plot and gory fight scenes, I would say that I was pleasantly surprised. For once, there's actually a commited director behind that kind of movies: someone with guts, who's thinking about what is doing, and who wants to make a film that will provoke people. And that my friends, is rare enough to be applaused.
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