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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.

Director:

John Hyams

Writers:

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 ... 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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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 17 mins) Just after John has the device cut from the back of his neck, blood is trickling down the front of his neck and onto his white vest, staining it. In later shots the blood stain is gone. 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 »

Soundtracks

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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Confusingly Unique Entry
31 October 2012 | by d_man1890See all my reviews

The new Unisol film is a surprisingly fresh take on an old franchise. The tone of the movie is completely different from the previous entries that it's hard to compare to its predecessors.

Our hero, john (Scott Adkins), awakes to find intruders in his home who kill his wife and daughter. After spending several months in a coma John awakes with a memory loss, only remembering the man who murdered his family, Luc Devreux (Van Damme). The storyline then becomes less comprehensive as we tag along John as he tries to piece everything. The main problem is that nothing is answered, the back story remains hidden and the characters motivations are left unexplained. The movie also suffers from bad pacing, the first half being painstakingly slow with no action happening for the first half of the movie.

The good news are that the second half features some badass action sequences and the R rating is used fully, it's a gory movie as it should be. Even though the frequent use of slo-mo is tiring, it doesn't ruin the experience. Too bad all of it is packed in the final scenes of the movie.

The movie draws inspiration from different places, from video games to horror movies to Apocalypse Now (you won't miss it), the unique style sets this movie apart from the others but it doesn't help the thin plot or anemic characters.

Universal Soldier 4: Day of Reckoning is unique and fresh and I applaud the director for taking a different approach. Adkins does a great job and proves his more than a stuntman. JVCD and Lundgren's roles are smaller than you would expect, but it's a treat to see them on screen again. The lack of a comprehensive plot and or continuity to other films of the series is what hinders this movie from getting a higher rating.

Final score: 6 out of 10


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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:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,181, 2 December 2012

Gross USA:

$5,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,402,307
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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