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Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  20 August 1999 (USA)
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The "universal soldiers" must fight the whole army. When the military's supercomputer S.E.T.H gets out of control

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Luc Devereaux, the only surviving member of the original Universal Soldier Team. He now works with Dylan Cotner, on a project to create and improve a new Universal Soldier. Their plan is for the Universal soldier or UNISOLS to be controlled by a computer they call SETH. When the government decides to terminate the project, which includes shutting down SETH. SETH, not wanting this to happen, takes steps to prevent this. He first kills Dylan. He then has himself transfered into a body. He then seeks out Luc Devereaux, who is the only person who knows the code that will stop his program from being deleted. So he sends out all the UNISOLS to get him. Luc must try and stay away until SETH program is deleted. But SETH has targeted his daughter as possible leverage. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for nonstop strong violence, and for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,605,167 (USA) (20 August 1999)

Gross:

SGD 492,508 (Singapore) (5 November 1999)
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Michael Jai White (S.E.T.H.) also appeared in the original Universal Soldier (1992) as a soldier. See more »

Goofs

After Romeo climbs off the car when Luc kicks him out of the hospital window, a specific pattern of damage is visible on his back (melting of his uniform). He then enters the hospital and rips off his armor and shirt. Later, in Luc and Romeo's final confrontation, Romeo is wearing the same uniform (indicated by the damage on the back) still neatly buttoned/buckled up. See more »

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Maggie: [about Romeo] I don't care if he's dead. If he grabs me again, I'll kill him.
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Bad Acting+Lots of Fighting=B-Movie Greatness
20 August 1999 | by (Austintown, Ohio) – See all my reviews

When I saw that they were actually releasing a "Universal Soldier" sequel in theaters, I just shook my head. When will Van Damme just give it up already, how many times can his movies bomb before studio executives stop sending him scripts? Honestly, who green-lighted this movie in the first place? Did they see money-making potential somewhere? Personally, I don't think there was a script, I think they just hooked Van Damme up with Michael Jai White (anyone remember "Spawn"?) and Bill Goldberg and said, "you guys are basically gonna kick the crap out of each other and we'll try to incorporate some kind of plot line into all the violence". Van Damme is at his usual acting worst in this picture, but surprisingly Michael Jai White and Bill Goldberg do an above par job of acting. The fight scenes are mesmerizing, particularly the flawlessly executed fight between Van Damme and Jai White. Goldberg has some pretty good fight scenes himself, and he even gets to incorporate some of his trade-mark wrestling moves. Van Damme proves that he is still at the top of his martial arts game, even though he is graying and getting older. Never-the-less, he is still a pleasure to watch in action, it's just his acting that makes you look at your watch couple of minutes when there is not action going on. The romance between Van Damme and the reporter is so contrived and shallow that it will make you nauseous, as will the whole sub-plot (if you can call it one) with Van Damme's daughter. But if you can look past a silly plot and horrible acting, you will find a great no holds-barred action movie that boasts some incredible fights and lots of explosions and gratuitous deaths. My only other complaint other than a lack of script and an over-abundance of bad acting is that the sets looked too cheap. They looked as they were borrowed from some straight-to-video movie set...hmmmmm? Anyway, I wouldn't pay $6.50 to see this, but I would recommend seeing it when it's at the cheapie theater.


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