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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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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)

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phantom Soul on 14 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
John Hyams did a remarkable job with Regeneration. Devoid of cheesiness or jokey one liners he sensibly went the direction of dark, sci-fi horror action. Day Of Reckoning continues this trend.

The difference in this film is that initially things aren't very clear. Many action fans have watched DOR and concluded that it makes no sense, doesn't follow the series as it should and is therefore a waste of time. You can't blame fans for thinking this as Hyams is trying to tell you what happened from Regeneration to DOR by way of visual clues. It's a very daring thing to do when most Hollywood directors like a narration and metaphorically hold you by the hand to fill in the gaps and join the dots. Here Hyams is having some fun by twisting this and letting you work it out.

Regeneration had already set in place the cloning, body part regeneration, and mind control. The nullifying of the nervous system was already stated in the first Universal Soldier.

Spoilers..

So our Andre Arlovski Antagonist from Regeneration is back. Only cloned and controlled by the government, at least until he fights Andrew Scott (Lundgren) who injects him to alter control at the brothel. As a visual indicator before the fight you'll notice the back of the neck scars that represent the detatchment of government control (tracking devices) on the free unisols. Freedom by Luc Devereu.

The much disturbing intro scene. Luc is wearing gloves but the government say his prints were everywhere and John (adkins) gets hit maybe a few too many times by that crowbar across the head to survive. A clue in itself maybe. A motivational memory implant by the government so John will seek to avenge his family's death against Luc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 31 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
ohn awakens from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in, and he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux.

While John tries to piece his life back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol named Magnus.

Deveraux and surviving UniSol Andrew Scott are preparing to build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. They are weeding out the weak and constantly testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat.

Luc takes in wayward Unisols whom the government has been secretly operating as remote-controlled sleeper agents.

As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rogue army of genetically enhanced warriors, he discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true......

If you are thinking of something along the line sod the original film, this is as farther from that film as you could expect. It's as if Herzog, Lynch, and Cronenberg have taken the franchise and mutated it.

The film begins in a very disturbing way, and sets the whole tone of the film, dark and grim and unsettling. Adkins proves himself as a bona-fide action star in this, and stands well against Van Damme and Lundgren........and this is the major problem with the film.

The stars are hardly in it. Lundgren is in a total of three scenes, lasting around eight minutes, and Van Damme is in it a little more, but has nothing to do until the last ten minutes of the film, so if you are after them in a film, this is very deceptive.

Another problem I had with the film was the strobe lights in a couple of scenes, I literally had to come back to the film later, as it made me feel nauseous.
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