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Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  97m  •    •  Directed by: John Hyams.  •  Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, Mike Pyle, Corey Johnson, Garry Cooper, Emily Joyce, Zachary Baharov, Aki Avni, Kerry Shale, Yonko Dimitrov, Violeta Markovska, Stanislav Pishtalov.  •  Music by: Kris Hill, Michael Krassner.
        With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this ''UniSol'' (Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei ''The Pit Bull'' Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud. The only one who can stop them is Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a UniSol who's been decommissioned for years. Reactivated and retrained, Deveraux must make a full-out assault on the heavily armed fortress. But inside, he'll discover not one but two of these virtually indestructible warriors. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), Deveraux's vicious UniSol enemy from the original Universal Soldier, has been secretly reanimated and upgraded. Now, these elite fighters are locked, loaded and programmed to kill; and the fate of millions hinges on this high-action showdown.


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Universal Soldier: Regeneration in my opinion is the worst movie sequel, reboot or whatever. I just don't get the hype or why everyone loves this movie? This movie has nothing to compare to the original classic movie 1992 Universal Soldier. Is not a Universal Soldier at all. This is not a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. For the first 17.mins. he is not in the movie. Than he shows for 2.mins and than again he is not. I think this movie is a yawn, and deserved to be direct to home video. Much, much better than the 2nd in the franchise, but that's not saying much, as I consider it to be the worst movie ever made. It was low paced, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren had a cameo scenes and they had a screen time. In this movie Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski is the star of the film not Jean-Claude Van Damme!

The second movie might suck for a lot of people I thought it was a good sequel. Because it was Van Damme film, it was filmed in the 90's and it was shot in USA. This film is not American Film at all! It was shot in a abandoned cold meal steal in Europe Bulgaria and not US. JCVD does look weird in, his eyes look dead and he doesn't exactly exude personality but that is the character, I guess. Luc is now quite difficult to sympathise with as he has practically lost all of his humanity; the scene where he beats a stranger nearly to death is pretty disturbing and really made me think "What the hell happen to you, Luc?" After all the mental turmoil he goes through though, he still comes out a hero in the end after some spectacular battles. Very lifeless, boring & depressing sequel that doesn't deserve all the love it gets. I am probably the only one who just doesn't like this movie.

Sorry fans but in my opinion this movie is a Pile of crap with a horrible plot, a snail pace, Zero Likable characters, NOTHING about the score sounded like Carpenter and nothing about the score was like Dredd either...I don't get that at all, the actors sucked. I will never understand the praise this film gets. Van Damme is barely in it, Dolph is in a horrible cameo scene, forgettable & worst bad guys, it's a really boring, and I hate this movie with a passion. Even the fights were poor. Getting on the ground and 'punch punch punch' is not exciting to me. To each their own, but I'll never understand it. And it's barely even a Van Damme film when the guy is only in it for like 15 minutes...and just acts like a wooden zombie with nothing at all to his character. Like i'll say again, to each their own. I hate this and Day of Reckoning with a PASSION.

At first, the story was going somewhere then as it went on, it just did not make any sense anymore. Without spoiling, the timeline just doesn't make sense and you wonder what the characters are exactly doing in the story. Furthermore you wonder what the hell they are doing there in the first place - there are simply no explanation. There are some great action sequences but even in an action film (or sequence) you get a sense as to why a particular action is made; often in this film you do not. Hence I was very disappointed in this film.

The only things I like in this film is the ending tough, that Van Damme Killed NGU on the end. Even tough Van Damme fought with NGU, he did not beat him. The fight with Van Damme and Lundgren was horrible and it wasn't epic. That one long shot with Van Damme running through the snow killing people and knifing people was pretty sweet, though. The rest suck, bunch of army soldiers were killed. Two kids were hostages in this movie and they did not even speak at all. Most of actors had a terrible dialogue or they did not talk. I don't get why people like this movie so much. I was bored to death, I fall a sleep by the end of the film, were Van Damme was fighting with Lundgren. I am sorry but I don't like this movie, I watch it three times in the row and I still don't like it! In my opinion Day of Reckoning is much better movie than this at least for me.

I am giving this movie a 3, I liked the score tough and I like Van Damme surviving on the end and running away which he was free. I am glad if you like this movie you can put down my review I don't care. I love Universal Soldier and Universal Soldier: The Return I don't like this one!

Universal Soldier: Regeneration is the third official installment in the Universal Soldier film series. The 2009 sequel reunites original Universal Soldier stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. The film was directed by Jonathan Hyams, the son of director Peter Hyams. A fourth film in the series, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning was released in 2012.

Review by ivo-cobra8 from the Internet Movie Database.


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