Universal Soldier: The Return [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Having survived the violence and turmoil of his previous existence, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has started a family and is working as a technical consultant on the Universal Soldier programme. The new generation of cyborg soldiers are overseen by the S.E.T.H. supercomputer and are even more deadly than before. Danger arises when S.E.T.H. becomes sentient and tries to negate Deveraux by kidnapping his daughter. With his family at stake, the Universal Soldier must return into action.
UniSol Luc Deveraux is back in Universal Soldier--The Return. 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, here 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 Universal 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 figure 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. 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. But the movie misses the gloss and big-budget pathos of its predecessor (created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich), making the original decidedly better. --Jeremy Storey, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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....
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.Read more ›
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.
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my husband has wanted this DVD for a long time, loves his old films, thank you very much good filmPublished on 25 July 2013 by jennifer dacres