Universal Soldier (1992) - Action, Sci-Fi

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Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Viet Nam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 14 out of 142 found boring (9.85%)

One-line Reviews (88)

Original and entertaining first Universal Soldier followed by several and inferior sequels .

Still, it's only an average actioner, if an enjoyable one.

It is a good action movie and it is very exciting, especially the beginning.

Universal Soldier is an intense, non stop action film that has you hooked from the start.

The UniSol Truck is a clever idea that makes for some great enjoyment later on in the film and also provides plenty of intense moments throughout.

Dolph Lundgren gives a standout performance and is one of the most enjoyable bad guys you can watch.

There's a genuinely sweet sense of naivety to Luc Deveraux, marked with the existential tragedy of being a man out of his own time, which makes his plight even more compelling, especially knowing that he was killed for trying to do the right thing.

Ignore the critics, Universal Soldier is pure action packed entertainment.

Universal Soldier has some flaws, but being boring isn't one of them.

Fun, adrenaline filled, roided out action with the edge of the early 90s and the explosiveness of the 80s.

- Highly recommend it for action fans.

Enjoyable enough .

I've been a Van Damme fan since I can't remember and while I do understand why critics may be harsh on him as an actor or his movies, it is not hard to get why he has such a ''cult following'', his movies are fun, simple and entertaining.

it's just so entertaining.

Lots of bang up chase action and high-tech noise with a predictable ending.

The premise was the only intriguing part of this film, which tries to be too much at once and ultimately fails at everything.

This is at the time when the brainless action movies were still entertaining without being painfully un-original like modern popcorn films such as XXX, Exit Wounds and various others.

By this point, the whole purpose of a Uni-Sols / Super Delta Squad is thrown out of the window, indeed the whole plot is thrown out of the window and we get down to boring action sequences and little character definition.

Its entertaining.

But the adrenaline rush never comes, the pulse never really speeds up.

The enormous amount of comedic elements (some of the grimaces van Damme pulls off are just hilarious), action elements and bloody scenes make this a highly unforgettable, recommendable and enjoyable thrill ride.

Admit it – you enjoyed it.

Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) was one of the worst movies that I had the misfortune to see and I refuse to see the rest of the direct to DVD sequels that have since followed.

The two opposites finally clash with predictable results: Good and evil annihilate each other like matter meeting antimatter.

I first saw Universal Soldier when it first premiered on TV as a 10 year old back in 1994 and I have always considered this movie to be a fun an entertaining movie.

The "comic relief" locals who own the various ill-fated pit stops on our heroes' fugitive road trip are downright unbearable.

The loud score is sufficiently adrenaline-pumping to work and the film tries so hard to please that the feeling rubs off on the audience.

Mediocre but entertaining action flick .

First of all, the plot in this movie is very weak and uninteresting.

Still, it remains overall a reasonably enjoyable film, even for non-fans of martial artists like me.

Every now and then i watch an action movie just to see how dull they are.

A long and really boring drama-sequence takes part in the middle.

The performance by Van Damme and Lundgren are pathetic and the plot is original but totally predictable.

This is intense and exciting.

JCVD and Dolf go hard in this action packed epic movie.

The film is pretty exciting, with good action scenes.

But Van Damme sadly is only there as a piece of furniture and for some pretty drab action scenes.

Now, the story is no Oscar winner, but it's fairly original and sets the motion for some great action sequences and a very entertaining good vs.

The result is a surprisingly dull film carried mostly by a strong turn from villain Dolph Lundgren, who steals the movie right out from under JCVD.

But in itself I have to say the movie is fun because it does not seem so long, has some pretty good ideas and Jean-Claude Van Damme is pretty entertaining and funny in so many scenes.

However Universal Soldier manages to be far more entertaining than one would've guessed and not even in guilty pleasure way.

Actually the scene in Vietnam are intense and well directed.

Universal Soldier is not a film that will push any boundaries or be spoken about for years to come, but it is one of the most entertaining and well made films of this genre you'll ever witness.

Each Unisol comes with a heads-up camera that appears to show the world through the exciting new medium of Teletext.

Is that how they got the soldiers to age super-slow?

years later after working together in here, in the film "The Expendables 2" (2012) my favorite action packed movie.

It is for the most part fairly entertaining though, even if it's very light, and the occasional humour, which is indeed quite good, helps proceedings nicely.

That's the sort of factor that makes an otherwise silly plot entertaining, by pulling down its seriousness level.

Very enjoyable futuristic sci-fi thriller action flick.

Ignore the critics and ignore the plot, just sit back and enjoy the action packed fun.

However, the fast paced plot of the first half hour really begins to die the moment most of the Uni Sols burn up, and afterwards you realise that it is basically another one of Van Dammes weak attempts at rivalling Arnie or Sly.

Breathtaking action movie full of struggles , crossfire and tension , this is a fast-paced, stylized action-suspense film .

Director Roland Emmerich keeps the entertaining story hurtling along at a brisk pace, stages the exciting action set pieces with rip-roaring aplomb, and brings a refreshingly straightforward and unpretentious B-movie sensibility to the whole dynamic show.

I get that the Van Damme character was meant to be more quiet and laid back but this leads to a pretty boring road trip with him.

Perfectly cast as emotionless robots, the mumble-mouth leads make the most of the formulaic material by relying more on stern looks and leg splits to convey their feelings.

In particular, the butt kicking old school action was enjoyable and Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren were fantastic as the main leads.

Universal Soldier is pure action packed eye candy and you certainly can't go wrong with Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as the main attraction.

They even fight each other, and that's when things start to get very entertaining.

The leading actors will never get an Academy Award for their performances, but who cares as long as Universal Soldier is an entertaining movie.

Directed and written by Roland Emmerich - one of the worst movie makers in history - what could you expect ?

Universal Soldier might be dumb and derivative but I couldn't care less, it is also one of the most entertaining action films to be released in the 1990s and provided signature roles for two of my favourite trash icons, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.

Directed by Roland Emmerich this obvious sci-fi action cash-in on the then recent success & popularity of both Robocop (1987) & Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is actually a very enjoyable way to pass 100 odd minutes.

Enter Veronica (Ally Walker) a reporter who stumbles upon the whole UniSol program in this exciting and action packed Terminator clone.

But as a twenty year old man I sat down yesterday and decided to watch this movie that seemed to elude me as a child and I found it quite enjoyable.

It's a knock down, drag out affair and very entertaining.

Van Damme & Lundgren star in this action packed thrill ride.

Thrilling screenplay dispenses absurd excitement as well as violence and lots of fights .

For those wondering, I did manage to get all my laundry done, so un-gripping was "Universal Soldier".

Both those films are better than this, but this movie is still enjoyable for action fans.

With explosions and gunfights galore, this is an action seeker's dream as there is an exciting scene every few minutes.

Universal Soldier pits two 1990s B-movie action titans (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) against each other in a sci-fi action epic, that while extremely dumb at times, manages to be an entertaining romp just the same.

Worth watching!

Worth watching when not in the mood for the usual fare.

The final fight is terribly cliché.

The pacing in this movie is rather slow.

But admit it - you enjoyed it.

Good action and fight scenes keep the film moving right along at a good, if predictable, clip.

Even though neither of them are very convincing actors, the opening of the film is actually quite dark and compelling.

Don't waste your hard earned money!!.

Hugely enjoyable sci-fi/action romp .

Directed by Ronald Emmerich (The Day after Tomorrow, Independence Day, Stargate) made an extremely entertaining, violent, sci-fi thriller.

I found this film very enjoyable and they always had brilliant action sequences to keep you occupied.

Totally worth the watch.

He does a good job, and this is an entertaining, about average action-flick, with one-liners, shoot-outs, fights, chase sequences, and such.

Ally Walker is just awful as the cliché independent journalist .

The sequel Universal Soldier: The Return was a lot more tense and action packed and was much more better than this film.

The whole film is set-up for a string of ever more ambitious set-piece action scenes & from that viewpoint Universal Soldier is all it sets out to be, an enjoyable fast paced sci-fi actioner that doesn't require too many brain cells to understand.

The storyline is predictable, with its main themes being lifted from better flicks like RoboCop and The Terminator.