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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and punishing
This is a great film. Very gritty, demure and raw - not like the other movies at all. No-one smiles in this film.

The fighting is brutal, and contact is authentic and painful looking - I couldn't believe it.

There is not much of a plot or dialogue, but it doesn't claim these features. It is a pretty unique and odd film.

It had great...
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by rubez

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An acceptable and entertaining movie
While the first and second movies in this sequel were quite focused on the cooling down of the revieved soldiers, this third movie just focus on the fighting.

Its not a fantastic movie, but you are entertained, and even though this movie hasn't much story or anything it seems to work quite well with just the fighting. The whole movie is mostly in a dark...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and punishing, 15 Sep 2011
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This is a great film. Very gritty, demure and raw - not like the other movies at all. No-one smiles in this film.

The fighting is brutal, and contact is authentic and painful looking - I couldn't believe it.

There is not much of a plot or dialogue, but it doesn't claim these features. It is a pretty unique and odd film.

It had great atmosphere throughout - one of it's best features, it was riviting. To dismiss this film as another crappy sequel would be a big mistake. A certain must-buy for JCVD fans or films of the original - there are some quite clever references to the first movie in it, without being cheesy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very violent but very good..., 18 Mar 2010
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Ryan S.Cord (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Universal Soldier 3: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
As violent films go, ive seen many and this does add to the list as significantly violent. This is of course brings a sense of gritty realism to the battle/fight scenes. Theres no comedy one liners from Van Damme, his character has now become a cold and efficient killer, using unarmed and armed combat, quickly taking out enemy soldiers in fast and deadly style.

This style is required for this film as his new enemy is now, off screen MMA fighter Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski, who is equally an emotionless and deadly killer or the unstoppable, terminator style, new generation of Unisol who moves and thinks faster than the old generation.

Production wise this is a well directed film, that runs along very smoothly and maintains your attention throughout. Theres no dull moments at all, no totally ridiculous scenes and no cheesy dialogue.

The fight scenes are what i am impressed with the most in this film as they have perfected the balanced between flashy and realistic hand to hand combat. Its fast, its efficient and it looks good!.
Van dammes flashy kicks are utilised in given situations but he dosnt rely on them as his only form of defence, like his other films. Theres grappling, arm locks, Jujitsu, spinning kicks, albow strikes, its all there being used efficiently and is a joy to watch. The MMA fighters in this film have done well to translate the film fight choreography so fluidly.

This film has a tint of greyness to it which i presume is to add to the cold, grim, war like atmosphere. Dolph Lundgrens scene is good, again plenty of fast and fluid martial arts action, similar to the fight scenes from The Bourne films, which again add that realism and grit.

Also to mention is this film should be seen as a continuation from Universal Soldier 1 and has no relevance to any other Universal Soldier film including Universal Soldier The Return which also starred Jean Claude Van Damme. My only worry about this film is that it could begin to franchise more sequels that will be a vehical for MMA fighters. Whether that would be good or bad thing is hard to say but going by this film for the moment, its all good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good for a low budget film, 10 Dec 2011
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tallmanbaby (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Universal Soldier 3: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
This film was released straight to DVD throughout most of the world, and was apparently filmed in Bulgaria. Dolph Lundgren did just five days of filming, Jean-Claude Van Damme did a whole twenty days of filming. The budget was clearly fairly modest.

If you start watching this film with low expectations, you should be pleasantly surprised. The opening sequence is one of the best that I have seen in an action film, reminiscent of Bond or a John Woo film.

The plot concerns terrorists who have kidnapped some people, while the bad guys and the good guys have brought back from the dead some Universal Soldiers. However you don't watch films like this for the plot. It is action pretty much all the way. Peter Hyams does the cinematography, his son does the direction. They clearly know how to make a low budget go a very long way. A striking cast, striking locations, striking camera angles, there is plenty going on to keep you engaged and distract you from the wholesale implausibility of the whole thing.

If there was any CGI or wire work, then it was not obvious.

The lack of budget did show in just how paltry the opposing armies were, and although the scenes with the universal soldiers felt believable, putting up some scaffolding and strip lights in an East European ironworks, does not make for a convincing facsimile of Chernobyl. They did manage to get a fair amount of screen time out of JCVD in the twenty days, and he is an engaging presence, Lundgren is genuinely creepy while he is on screen. The rest of the cast acquit themselves well, and as they are all fairly unknown you cannot predict who is going to make it to the end of the film. Though obviously if you are wearing a balaclava and waving a machine gun, you are unlikely to last terribly long in a film like this.

Finally rated as 18 for violence, this is brutal, but action fans should find it entertaining without being unduly gruesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNI-SOL Franchise REGENERATED, 14 May 2011
This review is from: Universal Soldier 3: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
This is by far and away the best sequel to the original. This follow up sees Luc ( Van Damme ) struggling to be adjusted into everyday life with his past instincts bubbling under the surface.

The monsterous Andrei Arlovski plays a brilliant physical part as the updated super soldier bad guy, the film is dark , pacy and personally better than its original .

This film is a violent battering all the way through , Van Dammes face is showing its age but he can still kick ass, I just hope that UVS4 follows this line of making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An acceptable and entertaining movie, 4 Oct 2012
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Thomas Ellegaard "Grandmage" (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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While the first and second movies in this sequel were quite focused on the cooling down of the revieved soldiers, this third movie just focus on the fighting.

Its not a fantastic movie, but you are entertained, and even though this movie hasn't much story or anything it seems to work quite well with just the fighting. The whole movie is mostly in a dark environment, so there might not be the great need for buying it on blue ray. But watch the movie, and then pass it on to your friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failure..., 23 April 2012
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V. K. Manglaveras (thessaloniki, greece) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Universal Soldier 3: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
This had nothing to do with the great first film. Common story, bad acting and low budget. If it wasn't for the two stars this would have already been forgotten.
Even UNISOL // THE RETURN was much better than this boring movie.
Hope part 4 will be a better sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JCVD at his best, 13 April 2010
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Universal Soldier 3: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
I wasn't expecting all that much from Universal Soldiers: Regeneration when I sat down to watch it, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be an exceptionally good example of the genre and more than worthy to follow in the Unisol legacy.

Van Damme and Lundgren are still in good shape and are able to play the roles well, I must say that Lundgren's appearance is little more than a cameo; though his demise is one of the most original I have seen in a while and deserves a special mention. The interplay between Van Damme and Lundgren is nostalgic, as both soldiers realise that they are old adversaries and have been here before but due to the ins and outs of the Unisol program, they have nothing but hazy memories.

The director, John Hyams, really deserves some credit for putting this together, the fight scenes are exceptionally well choreographed and shot. One scene in an apartment building sees JCVD do what he does best and work his way through an entire company of goons with nothing but a knife and some stealth, the whole scene seems to be filmed in one stretch and resultantly feels very fluid and skilled. The whole film is well shot with tense fight scenes that allow you to follow the flow of the fight, rather than get lost in a series of 'cut-to's and blurry camera work which seems to be the staple of Hollywood action sequences thesedays.

The UFC fighter they drafted in to play the 'Series 7' Unisol is memorable and genuinely physically imposing, even compared to Lundgren and makes for a worthy opponent, despite his terse speech.

In conclusion, whilst this film has no deep-seated moral fibre for you to discover, no hidden depth, it is exceptional at what it is, and that is a gung-ho action movie that ticks all the boxes; car chases, hostages, bombs, gun fights, knifeplay and a sterotypical bad-guys. Highly recommended!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Raw & Gruesome., 27 April 2010
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What a comeback! A remake of the original starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Gone are the glossy Hollywood effects of the original and in its place is sheer brutal action. I loved the original but I think this is better.

Van Damme who plays Luc Devereux is an ageing arthritic Unisol who has been undergoing therapy to make him human again after years of combat action. When the entire Unisol platoon is wiped out by a superior hard as hell Unisol upgrade Devereux is called back into action for one last showdown. Sounds cheesy, but believe me it isn't.

There are no special affects to speak of and instead we see genuine hand to hand combat all set in the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power station. The fight scenes are truly magnificient, no fancy kicking or kunf fu rubbish, but realistic frantic battles between oponents.

It was great to see Van Damme and Lundgren in action again and although looking significantly older by hell they can still move!

A great movie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and Gritty, 6 April 2010
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It's gritty and Russian set. A real surprising and exciting old fashioned action film which is well acted and more importantly well directed. Plus it has some of the best fighting scenes I've seen in a long time. There's no hollywood gloss but that plays to its benefit. Van Damme and co are on top form. It's a hard kick in the face on a cold morning.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Franchise Reborn, 12 Sep 2011
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Mark Young (Wellington, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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JCVD and Dolph Lundgren are back in a gritty film that meets and possibly even surpasses it's blockbuster predecessor. Well worth the purchase!
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