Universal Soldier (1992) Movie Review

Universal Soldier (1992)

1992 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
102 minutes /

User Score: 75/100

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Universal Soldier Review


Private Luc Deveraux and his sad**tic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

Universal Soldier (1992) is a 1h 42-min rated R American science fiction action-thriller film that was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA and several locations in Arizona, USA. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)) executed the film with a polished and energetic look/feel. Universal Soldier felt like an epic movie when I first saw it with the action scenes that was slickly shot and could not be any better. It was an intense roller-coaster ride that only got better and brutal with time. There were exhilarating scenarios including gunplay, fist fights, humor, truck chase, grenades, and carnage. I was not expecting to get a few emotional scenes which were a great treat for me because I am a sap for drama movies but please do not think there will be teary scenes.

Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme - Double Impact (1991), Kickboxer (1989), Bloodsport (1988)) was part of U.S. Army Special Forces team in 1969 in Vietnam. His leader Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren - The Expendables (2010), The Expendables 2 (2012), Rocky IV (1985)) became crazy, and the two had a showdown resulting in both of them dying. Luc and Andrew’s deaths were covered up and marked as missing in action because their corpses were cryogenically frozen. The duo was revived but has no memories of their previous lives and was enrolled in the "Universal Soldier" program where they are part of an elite counter-terrorism unit. Skip forward - Luc began regaining part of his memory from before he was killed which leads the story to progress on an exciting path.

The final battle between Lundgren and Van Damme could have been way better since both of these trained men has martial art fighting abilities. There were a few flaws that did not hamper the movie much, but I felt that a little more attention to details would have helped. Universal Soldier makes a good mindless violent watch with a few good friends. There was no shortage for gore as there was needles in the cheek, gunshots to the head, sliced off ears, bullets in the eye/face, open wounds and lots of other brutal, gory scenes that will satisfy gorehounds. The music, sound, actors, backgrounds/sets, fast pace, loudness, and cinematography were excellent.

About Universal Soldier (1992)

Title: Universal Soldier
Original Title: Crystal Knights
Year: 1992
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 8 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 8
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Thomas Rosales Jr., Rance Howard, Ned Bellamy, Duane Davis, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, John DeMita, Leon Rippy, Robert Trebor, Lilyan Chauvin, Jophery C. Brown, Joel Kramer, John Storey, Jack Moore, Richard Nixon, George Fisher, Dolph Lundgren, Rhino Michaels, Allan Graf, Billy D. Lucas, Michael Winther, Mirron E. Willis, Ed O'Ross, Tico Wells, Ally Walker, Gene Davis, Drew Snyder, Ralf Moeller, Simon Rhee, Dona Hardy, Joseph Malone
Writers: Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin
Director: Roland Emmerich

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