Universal Soldier: The Return [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features
Featurette: Interviews with Jean-Claude VanDamme, Mick Rogers and Michael Jai White
Featurette: On set with Michael Jai White
Featurette: Van Damme interview with highlights of his previous films
Multiple language subtitles
Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux is back. Jean-Claude Van Damme gallantly attempts to resurrect interest in his tepid career with this action-riddled roller-coaster ride. Set in the not-too-distant future, Deveraux has been employed by the government to oversee the new UniSol project. What is UniSol? It's a military plan to turn dead soldiers into invincible fighting machines (see the first Univeral Soldier for more details). It's also the scheme that went horribly wrong when the soldiers turned psycho, killing the scientists who created them. Not deterred by this early setback, the government replicates the project. This time they work out that they can control the soldiers through a supercomputer called SETH (kind of like HAL in 2001, but smarter). But, as we all know, machines frequently break down. Pretty soon the computer comes to the conclusion that it's superior to humans and therefore it must destroy them. Uh oh.
Van Damme to the rescue. The muscles from Brussels heroically leap into action confronting the dangerous soldiers led by Bill (WCW) Goldberg and Michael Jai White (last seen in Spawn). The action is impressive and the stunts are engrossing. Goldberg is charismatic as the cartoonish villain who sneers and snouts while muttering macho things like, "I'm gonna kill that guy." Van Damme looks more at home in a production that he is not directing, and for once he lets his fists do the talking. Ironically, the movie is missing the gloss and big-budget pathos of its predecessor (created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich), making the original decidedly better. -- Jeremy Storey, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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Their plan is for the Universal soldier to be controlled by a computer they call SETH.
When the government decides to terminate the project, which includes shutting down SETH, he takes steps to prevent this. He first kills Dylan. He then has himself transfered into a body.
He seeks out Luc, who is the only person who knows the code that will stop his program from being deleted.
Luc must try and stay away until SETH is deleted, but SETH has targeted his daughter as possible leverage.....
Another Van Damme random movie here, which is bad by any means, but so much fun while it lasts. The makers have obviously taken the late nineties for granted, and have put pointless rock music into action sequences, and included a cyber punk called Squid, who looks way too old to have that hair.
Van Damme is as good as always, but Berkeley usurps him in the acting chops (of course). Luckily for Van Damme, he gets killed early on, so his acting compared to Goldberg and Jai White, is Oscar material.
The film is edited poorly, and Romeo has a habit of saying awful lines every time Luc hits him, but it's a lot of fun.
It's never boring, never really irritates anyone. Or does any harm.
Well, not much anyway....
Good story with action and some sci-fi thrown in.
Ex Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux(Van Damme)is now a normal human being and lives with daughter Hilary(Karis Paige Bryant),he along with Maggie(Kiana Tom)works for the government to reform the Universal Soldier program so they can be used instead of living soldiers in the battlefields and they are connected by a artificial intelligence known as S.E.T.H.(Michael Jay White's voice).
But when the Universal Soldier program is scheduled to be shut down S.E.T.H. is determined not to be closed down and begins plans to get into a Universal Soldier body and unleash his power in the real world but before he does that he destroys anyone who tries to shut him down and unleashes a bunch of UniSol's including muscle bound Romeo(WWE and WCW legend Bill Goldberg)on the the powers who want to close him down.
Only Luc and journalist Erin Young(Heidi Schanz)stand in S.E.T.H. and Romeo's way but S.E.T.H. targets daughter Hilary as Luc is the only one who has the code to stop the S.E.T.H. program shutting down.
This action film is better if you don't take it too seriously or not to let the confusing plot drag it down as its a great little gem in the genre with villains Jai White and Goldberg especially stealing the show from Van Damme and there are a lot of funny moments and decent action in its very short running time and if you ignore the hammy acting its a very underrated and enjoyable film.
As i said acting is pretty hammy even though Van Damme does his best as Luc even if his character this time doesn't have as much to do as the first movie's Luc did but its nice to see a human side to his character and even has a daughter to care for and shares some really funny sequences with Goldberg's Romeo.Jai White is the main bad guy S.E.T.H. and his voice is his sole involvement for most the running time and he has such a quiet but taunting voice that even before he loses control and is good it just sounds taunting and i can see why he was chosen for the role and though he is excellent as the S.E.T.H. that comes alive towards the end and has a good punch up with Luc he is better as the AI program and that voice is so unique,check Jai White out in a small but memorable role in The Dark Knight.
The person who surprisingly steals the show is wrestling legend Bill Goldberg who's Romeo is a huge and muscle bound nutter who seems to hate everyone but the reason he steals the show is a awesome knack for being very funny and making a quip whenever he gets in a bad situation and every time he mutters I Hate That Guy about Luc he makes you chuckle and sort of brings his wrestling persona into the picture that means he's a hard nut but can be funny with it and its this humor that was also in the first movie,he is simply superb.
Others are very hammy especially Schanz's Erin Young who i just didn't like all the way through and lucky this film has a great plot and top villains and Van Damme leading as she would bring it crashing down otherwise,she makes Van Damme look Oscar worthy and find her wimpy and is always moaning,she is nowhere near as good as Ally Walker's Veronica from the first film and shares no chemistry with Van Damme.
Xander Berkeley and others feel wasted and apart from the two epic bad guys and JCVD the cast is this films weak link.
The action is great but not mind blowing and not a patch on the first movie with most the top stuff happening towards the end like JCVD and Jai White's fight which is top notch for its short length and nice to see a real worthy opponent for Van Damme for a change.Other great scenes include a smashing meeting between Luc and Romeo in a hospital before Romeo gets shoved out of the window before another top quip is said by him,S.E.T.H. unleashing his power on those who try to shut him down,Luc having to face partner Maggie when she is turned into a UniSol and a excellent finale where Luc faces off with Romeo again before a huge building explodes right at the end.Though it feels like a low budget film and nothing compared to other science fiction movies its action is decent if not sensational.
As i said the acting is pretty poor especially from Schanz and Berkeley is very wasted,also as i said it feels lower budget than before and doesn't look as good in scope plus it can be very confusing if not listened to properly and its too short for me in running time.
But this is a terrific film if not taken too seriously and it really is good to see two martial arts experts go head to head and a ex superstar wrestler steal the show with a very over the top and funny character and though sometimes it doesn't make sense this is always entertaining and the sort of old school movie JCVD used to do well before he made naff straight to dvd movies,its not award worthy or cannot touch classics of the genre but its a action movie that can be watched countless times.
The film itself has been produced on a much smaller budget than the original, Universal Soldier [DVD] , which in my opinion adds to this films appeal. Due to not being able to pack the film with big budget special effect explosions, the film relies on more martial arts skills and also on more inter character dialogue as well which gives this film more depth than the average B Movie.
Included on the DVD alongside the movie there are also some very interesting interviews with Jean-Claude VanDamme and Michael Jai White in the special features which combined with the very cheap price of this product, gives this film an excellent value for money.
Overall, whilst the film clearly won't win any awards, it is very watchable and will be of interest to any Jean-Claude VanDamme fan, action movie fan or someone who wants a cheap and enjoyable evening alone or amongst friends.
If you like a film so cheesy you could eat it on pizza, GET...THIS...FILM. You will not regret it.
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