Excerpt: During the Vietnam war, Sgt. Andrew Scott one night goes completely bersek and kills most of his platoon. He’s about to kill a couple of innocent Vietnamese women when Private Luc Deveraux intervenes. The two get into a fight and kill each other.
Conclusion: 'Soldier' had potential, but whatever promise was there it was squandered by Paul W.S. Anderson's inability to make uncheesy movies. Some people may like to revisit 'Soldier' once in a while just to giggle, but other than its unintentional comedy, there's nothing here that would suggest you need to...
Conclusion: Soldier isn't Paul W.S. Anderson's finest hour. Derivative, shallow and overblown, it's a functional genre pic at best, a subpar sci-fi schlock-fest at worst. I'm sure it has its fans -- every film does, after all -- but it doesn't give them much to go on.
Excerpt: What do you get when you team action stars Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) and Jean Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport)with big explosion movie director extraordinaire Roland Emmerich? Universal Soldier, that's what!
Excerpt: Universal Soldier should have been a comedy. It’s one of the few things the film does right, intermixed with attempted science and action that’s likely going to draw laughs anyway. It’s a brain dead, stupid, laughable piece of mildly amusing cinematic junk food.
Conclusion: On paper, ’Universal Soldier’ is just another run-of-the-mill sci-fi action flick with B-list action stars, yet somehow, it all melds together to hit more positives than negatives and simply entertains, catapulting it into cult and guilty pleasure territory.
Excerpt: Soldiers Luc Deveraux and Sgt. Andrew Scott killed each other in Vietnam. But their demise proves to be just the beginning for the U.S. government, which brings both men back to life decades later for a secret anti-terrorism program.
Conclusion: There were a lot of big budget action movies produced in the eighties and nineties, and out of those movies, this is not up to par with the best of them. That can also be said about the stars of this movie as well.