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Universal Soldier

Published November 28, 2020

Universal Soldier

Film info

  • Title Universal Soldier
  • Director Roland Emmerich
  • Year 1992
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Action, Thriller, Crime, Science Fiction
  • Tagline The future has a bad attitude

Jean-Claude Van Damme is Luc Devreaux and Dolph Lundgren is Sgt. Andrew Scott, two soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam and are then brought back to life 25 years later for a secret government program. Known as Unisols, they're genetically enhanced, unstoppable killing machines with no memory, no feelings and no free will. But on an anti-terrorist mission, Devreaux's memory starts to return and he escapes from the program. A superhuman chase across the country begins, with Sgt. Scott in unrelenting pursuit of the man who killed him. Devreaux heads for his home and a reunion with his unbelieving parents. There Sgt. Scott corners him for the ultimate clash of the titans.

Live blog

Time Comment
6:22 Blimey, they killed each other. Short film.
8:27 Dolph said more in the first ten mins than he did in the whole of the Rocky series.
10:09 Lorry in a plane confuses me.
13:46 Showbiz in twenty seconds! She’s amazing.
16:29 Are real life people actually really running down that real life dam? Terrifying!
20:19 Many, many questions about the ethics behind this.
25:19 That’s the worst getaway ever! How’d they even have enough speed to get up the ramp!
31:32 Oh, ok, there are no ethics.
38:55 Yea, I don’t understand what waterbeds are about either.
42:54 “Twenty dollar security deposit.”
52:58 Always wear seat belts. Always.
53:19 Sergeant Hot Priest.
1:02:50 These men are so stupid, can’t they see the size of his muscles and what he’s done to the first guy? RUN!
1:08:18 OMG it’s Dr Houseman.
1:14:29 That’s clever. Romantic moment but oop, enormous amounts of police.
1:21:39 He must need some ice right now.
1:27:25 “Wow, you really have beautiful ears.” It’s creepy but it’s not a good catchphrase.
1:36:24 Should have known the minute they stepped on to a farm.

Thoughts

I was expecting the worst from this because it fits in that slightly odd sci-fi work of the 80s/90s where super muscles do the bizzo at the expense of any acting skills. However! It was far better than I’d expected. It had its problems, sure, and there were a few minor plot holes that didn’t quite stack up and thus made me question the whole premise.

But put that aside and it had great humour (the restaurant scene was a lot of fun), some amazing fight sequences (could have done without the farm machinery, if I’m honest), and a female sidekick who was impressive rather than irritating. I also liked the recall of various moments repeating themselves… for good or for bad. So not a top notch movie but a lot of fun.

Rating: 3 / 5

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