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Soldier (I) (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  23 October 1998 (USA)
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A soldier is dumped on a waste disposal planet and lives among a community of crash survivors on the planet and takes it upon himself to defend his new home when genetic engineered soldiers are ordered to eliminate the crash survivors.


(as Paul Anderson)
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In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Left for dead on a remote planet for obsolete machines and people, a fallen hero has one last battle to fight


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Rated R for strong violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soldado Implacável  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,447,237 (USA) (23 October 1998)


$14,567,883 (USA) (4 December 1998)

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One of the sound bites when Caine is pounding the residence is music from Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". See more »


When Col. Mekum first enters the hanger, the aftermath of the chain fight (which hasn't occurred yet) is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Female Voice: [to audience of very young boys] A soldier does not speak until spoken to by a superior officer. A soldier shows no mercy. Mercy is weakness. Weakness is death. A soldier...
[squealing pig led in for slaughter]
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References Escape from New York (1981) See more »


Immigrant Song
Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Performed by Led Zeppelin
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An action Sci-Fi movie with something more than one liners to say

I don't remember this film getting a cinema release over here. I only saw it when it came onto cable. The film deals with the dehumanisation of children into killing machines. Specifically one person, the way he gets replaced and dumped (literally) into an off-world community where he finds himself unable to cope with coming to terms with who he really is and what he feels.

Seems to me that a lot of people expected this to be Rambo in space, and would have been happy if it was.

I'm certainly happy it was'nt - Kurt does a fine job of portraying an emotional cripple. The scene where he's sitting outside the compound shows this, albeit the decision for two slow-mo replays detracts from the moment.

This is not a classic SF movie in the way that Bladerunner, Alien, Silent running, Logan's run or THX1138 were, however it is unfortunately the nearest I've seen to it in a long time.

He changes in the movie to a believable degree, he does'nt crack Arnie one liners, he does'nt become Snake Plissken and there is no definative happy ending.

That's why this film did'nt do well. It did'nt follow formula, and among a 18-25 year old target American audience, that's unforgivable as it was was'nt what they expected to see.

Fear and discipline.


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