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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

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John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.

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John Hyams

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John Hyams (screenplay), Doug Magnuson (screenplay) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Luc Deveraux
Dolph Lundgren ... Andrew Scott
Scott Adkins ... John
Mariah Bonner ... Sarah
Andrei Arlovski ... Magnus
Tony Jarreau Tony Jarreau ... Bouncer
Craig Walker ... Earl
Andrew Sikking Andrew Sikking ... Larry
James DuMont ... Dr. Brady
David Jensen ... Dr. Su
Audrey P. Scott ... Emma
Rus Blackwell ... Agent Gorman
Dane Rhodes ... Ron Castellano
Susan Mansur Susan Mansur ... Madame
Kris Van Damme ... Miles (as Kristopher Van Varenberg)
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Storyline

John awakens from a coma to discover 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. While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol named Magnus. Meanwhile, Deveraux and surviving UniSol Andrew Scott are preparing to battle anarchy and build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. They are weeding out the weak and constantly testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat. Luc has emerged operating the Unisol Church of Eventualism, taking in wayward Unisols whom the government has been secretly operating as remote-controlled sleeper agents. His mission is to liberate these Unisols from the implanted memories and the lies the government has inserted in them. As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rogue army of genetically enhanced warriors, he discovers more about himself ... Written by Anonymous

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Under their own command


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bloody violence throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Universal Soldier IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,181, 2 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,402,307
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Andrei Arlovski plays a UniSol named Magnus in this movie. In Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009), he played a different UniSol called NGU. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h) The same water tower and Christian Street Furniture warehouse in Baton Rouge, LA are passed repeatedly during the car chase. See more »

Quotes

Luc Deveraux: [accepting his defeat at the hands of John] There is no end. Always another, John.
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Alternate Versions

The uncut NC-17 version is only on Blu-ray and includes bloodier scenes of violence and alternate cuts of sex/nudity. See more »

Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Evil Knievel
Written by Jason Gallagher (ASCAP)
Performed by Leroy Justice
'Evil Knievel' is featured on the Leroy Justice album, 'Revolution's Son'
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Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning: Clones & confusion
6 July 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The Universal Soldier franchise as terrible as they've been must have been profitable otherwise they wouldn't have lasted. So with that in mind it begs the question, why would they overhaul the entire formula?

The Universal Soldier films have been brainless action flicks about the genetically modified undead soldiers but here it goes in a totally different direction and is no better for it.

It tells the story of a man who witnesses his wife and daughter murdered by home invaders. He wakes up from a coma and begins to investigate what happened to him, why he was targetted and the man who was responsible Luc Deveraux!

Yes thats right, Van Dammes character and the main protagonist throughout the franchise. So with Van Damme reprising and Lungren along for the ride yet again we see a brand new type of Universal Soldier movie.

Sadly it just doesn't work, though it starts strong it quickly becomes apparent that the writers had no idea where they were going with this new approach and it all falls apart. The plot is a jumbled mess and the only redeeming factor is the action which is more on point than usual.

Sadly its impossible to get past just how much of a baffling mess Day of Reckonings story is, what they've done to the two recurring characters and makes me very much hope this is the last addition to the franchise.

The Good:

Interesting opening scene

SFX are actually on point

The Bad:

Makes absolutely no sense

Major shift will not have please fans of the franchise

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Upon seeing a gun mens penis's shrivel up

This movie is NOT for epileptics

Losing half of your foot won't affect your ability to walk


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