Universal Soldier - Regeneration details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||M, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, Zahari Baharov, Garry Cooper, Corey Johnson, Emily Joyce, Mike Pyle|
|Original title||Universal Soldier 3|
|Collections:||Jean Claude Van Damme|
Universal Soldier - Regeneration
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Apr 2010|
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Only generating a "Meh" from meBy connorobain (25 reviews) from Paisley , 11 Feb 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]This 3rd instalmet of the universal soldier series seems to follow in the tracks of the 2nd in the series 'Return' and ignore the previous movie ('return' ignored the straight to dvd sequals 'brothers in arms' and 'unfinished business') and regeneration promptly ignores 'return'. Regeneration ditches the cheese factor in favor of a darker feel to the movie and this could have been a great direction to take it in, unfortunatly it just doesnt seem to hit the mark. JVCD returns as Luc Deveraux, the only remaining unisol from the original program not in stasis and trying to be rehabilitated into sociaty by Dr. Sandra Fleming (Emily Joyce). meanwhile terrorists have taken over the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and are using it as leverage to get thier demands met. they also have an ace in the hole in the form of a Next-Generation UniSol (Andrei Arlovski). que Deveraux being forced out of retirement to save the day.
The plot is paper thin, the action is sluggish and predictable which if they had stuck with the original big guns/explosions/snappy oneliners would have worked but due to its more 'realistic' approach to the movie it feels as if there was a lot of wasted potential. this movie could have made strong comments about several subjects but never does. there are a couple of moments where i did have a brief moment 'yass' as JCVD and co show shades of thier formar glory but this doesnt a good movie make. even the return of Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) doesnt add enough of a pop to the movie.
all in all i found it to be in a grey area where it could have been a great popcorn movie or a stark comentry on social issues.
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Great actionBy Pryer (45 reviews) from Newhaven , 19 Jun 2012I don't know why people don't like this film it's action packed with a good comeback for van dam and what a first for Andre. anyone who is a fan of both uni and van dam is in for a treat
Great filmBy MrVengeance (1 review) , 13 Apr 2012Dont get why the haters are hating on this film, some of the action work is amazing, especially the one take van damn rampage. Yes it ignores the sequel that features goldberg and its all the better for it, was a very well made low budget action film which deserves more praise than it is getting, think some people expected way to much from action films these days if you grew up on 80's and early 90's action then you will love this.
Universal Disappointment!By gerryb667 (2 reviews) , 19 Apr 2011A major disappointment, If they can't make a decent sequel to the classic original, I wish they'd leave it.
The Original characters where interesting, you cared what they did.
JCVD & Dolph Lundgren were terrific in the first film, in this one they really do act like the brainwashed 'zombies' the Universal soldiers are supposed to be.
Watching the film I didn't care who killed who.
Good scriptwriters in Hollywood must be rarer than diamonds.
Watch this filmBy No_Scott (4 reviews) , 12 Apr 2011If your a fan of JCVD watch this film.
If your not a fan of JCVD then watch this film.
Leave your brain at the door and prepare for one of the best films you will ever see
Good, but will always be forgottenBy TheWatchman (745 reviews) from Suburbia , 17 Mar 2011Primarily because most people will never see it.
I was fifteen when Universal Soldier came out. And, back then, Jean Claude Van Damme versus Dolph Lundgren had to be the coolest thing ever (well, not the coolest the coolest was Terminator 2, released the year before, but Universal Solider was a close second among teenage boys).
However, nearly twenty years later, they decide to make a proper sequel to the original (I know there were loads of movies made in between in the franchise, but Im not aware that any starred the two original leads). However, its kind of come nearly twenty years too late. Times have changed. Action heroes have changed. Today, our action heroes are younger, fitter, better looking, ala Jason Bourne. Not many people want to watch two old has beens fighting it out. What could have been a cinematic event (if released about fifteen years earlier) has been reduced to a straight-to-DVD title. And, quite frankly, it probably deserves better.
Its not bad, but will ultimately be forgotten because the mainstream audience will probably not remember the name Universal Solider with as much fondness as I do. Its a lot more gritty and realistic than the original (if you can buy into reanimating bodies to turn them into sort-of robot fighting machines) and its great to see the two old enemies go head to head, even only for a little while.
My main gripe was that Dolph Lundgren (the baddie we really wanted to see) wasnt in it for that long. And, JCVD, who is the hero, also doesnt seem to have shown up for a good half of the movie.
There are some nice shoot outs and fight scenes and, if you loved the original, youll probably get something out of the experience. However, unfortunately, it all felt a bit like too little too late.
A solid 3/5 if you liked the original or fancied a gritty action film to kill an hour and a half.