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Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (1998)

The Universal Soldiers are used to smuggle diamonds for a CIA Director, but Luc Deveraux continues to cause him problems.

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Jeff Woolnough

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Peter M. Lenkov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Battaglia ... Luc Devreaux / GR44
Andrew Jackson ... Sgt. Andrew Scott / GR13
Eric Bryson ... Peterson / GR80
Kevin Rushton ... Martinez / GR81 (as Kevin Ruston)
Desmond Campbell ... Cooper / GR82 (as Desmond Campell)
Michael Copeman ... Lt. Col. Jack Cameron
Gary Busey ... Otto Mazur
Burt Reynolds ... Mentor
Richard McMillan Richard McMillan ... Dr. Walker
Chandra West ... Veronica
Aron Tager ... John Devreaux
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Danielle Devreaux
Carla Collins ... Anchorwoman
James Kee James Kee ... Jasper
Frank McAnulty Frank McAnulty ... Purser
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After the terrible events of the original Universal Soldier testings, the budget has been slashed by the government. Under the orders of a CIA director, a gang of mercenaries take control of the new line of Universal Soldiers and try to use them into helping to smuggle diamonds to the highest foreign buyer. When Luc Deveroux, survivor from the first incident, continues to cause problems he newly found younger brother is taken prisoner along with his news reporter friend Veronica Reynolds. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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No memory. No emotion. No mercy... Until one of them decides to become human again.

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Produced with its sequel Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business (1998) for Showtime/The Movie Channel as a miniseries meant as a backdoor pilot for a TV series. See more »

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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Oh my God, it's Daniel Boone
20 April 2007 | by RogerBorgSee all my reviews

I refer of course to the bit part in two Sabrina the Teenage Witch episodes that constitute the peak of Matt Battaglia's career, prior to, and now that I think about it, even after this 'feature' film is taken into account.

Let's have no mistake here; it truly is appalling. Weapons' grade suckage. It's bad beyond even so-bad-it's-good, because it has absolutely no idea how bad it is. We're talking Nick Fury: Agent of Shield bad, but without the inherent absurdity of David Hasselhoff to raise it up to kitch bad. It just stinks, in every possible way. Let's count the ways, because it beats watching it.

A nominal leading man who has almost no lines in the film, and who spends most of it with his lips pursed like he's just pulled someone's finger and doesn't like the smell.

A bimbo who makes Erika Eleniak's performance in Under Siege look like it deserved an Oscar.

A score that could charitably be called eclectic, although "absolutely bonkers random" might be more appropriate.

A continuation of the random theme into the cinematography and editing. The shots and edits seem have been chosen by spinning the Wheel-O-Film-School-101, with a baffling mix of: slowmo; jump cuts; repeated cuts (showing Van Damme kicking a guy in the head 4 times is one thing; doing it for someone who's just standing up is... bizarre); and most peculiar of all, some PoV shots from unrelated mystery observers.

Gary Busey waddling around like a camp hippopotamus.

Dialog that's half exposition and half filler.

And worst of all, pacing that makes My Dinner With Andre look like Speed.

I could forgive almost everything else, but this movie is just such a pathetically dull, slogging exercise in mediocrity that commenting on it is far more fun than actually watching it. On a scale of American Ninja to American Ninja V, I give this film a rating of "American Ninja 4: The Abomination".


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