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The Universal Soldier film that foreshadows Donald Trump’s rise to power

Tom Jolliffe on the Universal Soldier film that foreshadows Donald Trump’s rise to power…

In case you haven’t noticed there’s an election race going on in America right now. Megalomaniacal business mogul, Donald Trump is head to head with former First Lady, Hillary Clinton. As for the general movie going public, I’d wager only a select few have seen Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. For those not in the know it’s a straight to video sequel (in probably the loosest sense of the word) to the early 90’s, decidedly goofy Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren film. Day of Reckoning is actually the third official sequel, in a series which has skewed wildly in the last two films away from the daft as a brush original film.

Now Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is a film I love. It split critics down the middle having
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Blu-ray Review: Universal Soldier – Day Of Reckoning

Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning

Stars: Scott Adkins, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Mariah Bonner | Written by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson, Jon Greenhalgh | Directed by John Hyams

Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren return for the third official sequel (apparently the two Showtime movies made by Rigel Entertainment are no longer considered to be official) to the 1992 action flick directed by Roland Emmerich. This time round the story follows John (Adkins) as he wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were killed in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and the rogue army of genetically enhanced soldiers led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew (Lundgren). In the process, John discovers more about himself and begins to question everything he believes to be true…

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning sets its stall out early,
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Artwork and Specs for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Lands Like a Fist to the Jaw

With Universal Soldier: Regeneration director John Hyams brought the franchise to a brutal and startling new level. In the sequel to his sequel, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, he unleashes an altogether different kind of beast.

From the Press Release

Action legends Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Expendables 2) and Dolph Lundgren

(The Expendables 2) are back for the ultimate battle between soldiers in Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning, available January 22nd on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Ultimate Fighting Champion (Ufc) Former Heavyweight Champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski join Van Damme and Lundgren for the latest action-packed chapter in the series. This time, an army of Universal Soldiers has gone A.W.O.L. and only one man can stop them.

Director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration), hailed by the Village Voice as a leading candidate for best action director working today,
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‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’ a bold genre offering that embraces its own madness

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Directed by John Hyams

Written by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson, and Jon Greenhalgh

USA, 2012

In a landscape of tired genre exercises and lame action reboots, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning feels like a tidal wave of renewal. In the hands of director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration), the franchise not only gets a stylistic facelift, but expands its mark to seriously deranged and disturbing places. While Regeneration was populated by battered and faded faces, each highlighted by the melancholic irony of such a reboot, Hyams’ latest goes further in embracing the monsters these films have bred since 1992.

While Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and Andrew Scott (Lundgren) were mainstays in past entries, they’re merely whittled down to minor roles this time around. Scott Adkins is the primary star and our surrogate into Hyams’ dreary and foreboding landscape of slain bodies and jilted psyches. Adkins plays John,
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‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins duke it out in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Directed by John Hyams

Written by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson and Jon Greenhalgh

USA, 2012

Although it looks like a generic action movie on paper, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is actually a lot messier on screen, both physically and stylistically. Combining Gaspar Noé-style strobe light disorientation and long takes with David Cronenberg-inspired body wreckage, the movie looks and feels like a departure from the normal action movie affair; yet, at its heart, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is still fairly generic.

The story centers on John (Scott Adkins), a man recovering from a coma and the brutal deaths of his wife and daughter. With a vivid picture of the killer, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), in his mind, John tries to figure out what exactly happened and why.
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Movie Review - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, 2012.

Directed by John Hyams.

Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Kristopher Van Varenberg, James Rawlings, Mariah Bonner and Sigal Diamant.

Synopsis:

Waking from a coma as a result of a vicious home invasion that took the lives of his wife and daughter, a man sets out to track down those responsible and in doing so, he discovers the truth behind his own identity.

Often by the time a franchise hits the fourth film, despite the success it took to get to that point, things begin getting tiresome.When the previous movie, Universal Soldier: Regeneration was announced a few years back it seemed a strange move. There was no real demand for it, no real effective follow on story to continue after the dreadful Universal Soldier: The Return, and it seemed little more than a cheap attempt at cashing in on the DVD marketing
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Review: Universal Soldier – Day of Reckoning

Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning

Stars: Scott Adkins, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Mariah Bonner | Written by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson, Jon Greenhalgh | Directed by John Hyams

Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren return for the third official sequel (apparently the two Showtime movies made by Rigel Entertainment are no longer considered to be official) to the 1992 action flick directed by Roland Emmerich. This time round the story follows John (Adkins) as he wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were killed in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and the rogue army of genetically enhanced soldiers led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew (Lundgren). In the process, John discovers more about himself and begins to question everything he believes to be true…

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning sets its stall out early,
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Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning Character Posters with Van Damme, Lundgren, Adkins!

Check out these new posters for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren! The John Hyams sci-fi film opens November 30th in theaters from Magnet Releasing, but you can catch it on VOD from now! Also with Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, the film's scripted by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson and Jon Greenhalgh. Day of Reckoning ups the ante in the Universal Soldier series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action. John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army
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Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning Character Posters with Van Damme, Lundgren, Adkins!

Check out these new posters for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren! The John Hyams sci-fi film opens November 30th in theaters from Magnet Releasing, but you can catch it on VOD from now! Also with Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, the film's scripted by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson and Jon Greenhalgh. Day of Reckoning ups the ante in the Universal Soldier series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action. John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army
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Tadff 2012: ‘Universal Soldier – Day of Reckoning’: a generic action movie disguised as art house

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Directed by John Hyams

Written by John Hyams, Doug Magnuson and Jon Greenhalgh

USA, 2012

Although it looks like a generic action movie on paper, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is actually a lot messier on screen, both physically and stylistically. Combining Gaspar Noé-style strobe light disorientation and long takes with David Cronenberg-inspired body wreckage, the movie looks and feels like a departure from the normal action movie affair; yet, at its heart, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is still fairly generic.

The story centers on John (Scott Adkins), a man recovering from a coma and the brutal deaths of his wife and daughter. With a vivid picture of the killer, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), in his mind, John tries to figure out what exactly happened and why. Things are complicated as he’s shadowed by a mysterious character (Mma fighter Andrei Arlovski
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