Vietnam, 1969, the first skirmish of two American soldiers – Luke and Scott: Luke cannot shoot unarmed people, but Scott is ready to kill and kill with inhumanly furious cruelty, which is evidenced by a necklace of ears cut off by him from the Vietnamese. Years later, Luke and Scott again find themselves in the same detachment – a special unit of “universal soldiers” who are thrown to fulfill the most dangerous tasks (for example, to eliminate terrorists).
You can try to kill the universal soldier, but it will rise again and again, and if necessary, the scientists working on a top-secret military project in a special laboratory will revive the seriously damaged Âuniversal. However, even knowing this, Scott with the stubbornness of a maniac will pursue Luke in order to meet him in a decisive fight not for life but for death …
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Such excellent action movies as Universal Soldier can be attributed to the classics of the genre, and maybe even the whole American cinema combined. Just because there are only a few such films, and for the actors, they become the best in their movie careers. For Van Damme and Lundgren, this is one of the most successful projects individually, and their duet is probably one of the best in this genre. ItÂs not in vain that such a movie can be watched and admired after decades, but how cool they were able to shoot without modern computer technologies and an initial orientation to the general public. In a word, the immortal classics of the genre.
In general, it is interesting that director Emmerich, who has long specialized in disaster films, managed to shoot such a high-quality and spectacular fantastic action movie. No protractedness and nothing superfluous in the plot. From the very beginning, the action is served in the right doses, so much so that it is simply impossible to tear yourself away from the screen. Here’s the first encounter with Sleeping Sergeant Scott in Vietnam, an impressive splash screen with blue letters and corpse bags. The next moment, Private Luke and Sergeant Andrew are already as universal soldiers, devoid of emotion and turned into death machines in the service of the US government. And then begins the non-stop pursuit of Luke with a pretty reporter who, despite everything, began to recall the past. The sergeant, who, unfortunately, remembered only the worst, suffered the same fate.
As with the slightly earlier Terminator 2, the film stands out due to the humanization of the protagonist. And if the car there seemed huge and unshakable, then here Luke initially confronts a more powerful enemy, and he is more humane than his former commander. True, Andrew Scott performed by Lundgren is very good at the time of the manifestation of the post-traumatic syndrome, and not in the straight face at the beginning of the film. The fact that he is absolutely sure of the presence of traitors everywhere is both frightening and making fun. Plus, the charisma of Dolph Lundrgen adds strength and a certain irony to his character.
“Universal Soldier” is not just science fiction, it is a truly smart action movie. There are films of this genre where the emphasis is on action or only on the charisma of the main character. And here everything is harmonious, starting from the acting and ending with a logical plot, despite the fantastic component. The heroes have motives, their actions are justified, they do not say any nonsense, only on business, and they do. Luke has a goal – to find out what was done to him, to find his aged parents, and to protect the girl who helped him. Sergeant Scott – to find the main “traitor” and simultaneously destroy all the others, who, in his opinion, are also enemies. And interesting chases, calculated shooting and a spectacular final fight made from the “Universal Soldier” an example of a fantastic action movie, a classic of Hollywood.
Entertainment – 5
Production – 5
Actors – 5
Scenario – 5
Expectation – Expected Unprecedented
My word is one of the best fantastic action movies with an unforgettable Lundgren duet – Van Damme, an ageless classic of the genre.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS 2.0
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