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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning


Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is a 2012 American science fiction action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, and Dolph Lundgren, directed by John Hyams.[1] A semi-sequel to Regeneration, it is the first in the series to be filmed in 3-D.[2]

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Universal Soldier: Regeneration


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Universal Soldier: Regeneration (also known in some countries as Universal Soldier: A New Beginning) is the 5th film in the Universal Soldier feature film series. It is directed by John Hyams (son of director Peter Hyams, who previously worked with Van Damme on two films, 1994’s Timecop and 1995’s Sudden Death; in this film Peter is the director of photography) with the screenplay written by Victor Ostrovsky. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, who both reprise their roles from the first film. Also, MMA fighter and former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski stars as ‘NGU’ (Next Generation UniSol), a Universal Soldier of the latest type, along with fellow MMA fighter Mike Pyle as Capt. Kevin Burke. Tekken star Jon Foo appears as a cameo in the film as one of the four UniSols. The film is unrelated to the two Universal Soldier television sequels that were produced in 1998 and ignores the events from the 1999 sequel Universal Soldier: The Return. The film was released theatrically in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and directly to video in the United States and other parts of the world.

Plot

A group of terrorists led by General Boris (Aki Avni) kidnap the Russian prime minister’s son and daughter and hold them hostage, demanding the release of their comrades within 72 hours. In addition, they have taken over the crippled Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and threaten to detonate it if their demands are not met. It is revealed that among the ranks of the terrorists is a Next-Generation UniSol (NGU) (Andrei Arlovski), who was smuggled in by rogue scientist Dr. Colin (Kerry Shale). U.S. forces bring in troops at the plant, but quickly retreat when the four UniSols revived for this mission are systematically eliminated by the NGU.

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Universal Soldier: The Return


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Universal Soldier: The Return, released in 1999, was the second theatrical film in the Universal Soldier series, following two made-for-TV movies, Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms and Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business. The fourth movie overall, The Return was directed by Mic Rodgers and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, professional wrestler Bill Goldberg, Heidi Schanz, Kiana Tom and Xander Berkeley as Doctor Dylan Kotner. To date, this is the last Van Damme film with Replicant to have a wide-release in U.S. theatres, and the last to have any theatrical release until 2008’s JCVD which had a limited theatrical release. In addition, Universal Soldier: Regeneration was released in 2010.

Plot

Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) is now a technical expert who is working with the government with his partner Maggie (Tom), who’s been through countless hours of training and combat with him, to refine and perfect the UniSol program in an effort to make a new, stronger breed of soldier that is more sophisticated, intelligent, and agile.

All of the new UniSols, which are faster and stronger than their predecessors, are connected through an artificially intelligent computer system called SETH (voice of Michael Jai White), a Self-Evolving Thought Helix.

When SETH discovers that the Universal Soldier program is scheduled to be shut down because of budget cuts, he takes matters into his own “hands” to protect himself.

Killing those who try to shut off his power, and unleashing his platoon of super soldiers, led by the musclebound Romeo (Goldberg), SETH spares Deveraux, only because Deveraux has the secret code that is needed to deactivate a built-in program that will shut SETH down in a matter of hours. With the help of Squid (Brent Hinkley), a rogue cyberpunk, SETH takes human form (White).

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Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business


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Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business is a 1998 direct-to-video science fiction film, and the second sequel to Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1992 Universal Soldier hit film. Like Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms, none of the actors or crew of the original returned, but all the cast and crew from the first sequel are present. In 1999, a theatrical sequel starring Van Damme again, Universal Soldier: The Return, ignored these two sequels.

Plot

Luc Devereaux (Matt Battaglia) and Veronica Roberts (Chandra West) continue their attempts to expose the Universal Soldier unit. After a hostage situation mistakenly leaves Veronica a fugitive, the two escape the city and go into hiding.

Meanwhile, CIA Deputy Director Mentor and Dr. Walker are in the process of creating a powerful new Universal Soldier clone of Luc’s brother, Eric, to assassinate him and Veronica.

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Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms


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Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms is a 1998 direct-to-video science fiction film, sequel to the 1992 film Universal Soldier. Despite featuring the same characters as the original, the film features none of the original cast or crew. It was followed the same year with another sequel titled Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business. In 1999, a theatrical sequel, once again starring Van Damme, Universal Soldier: The Return was produced, which essentially ignored the plotline of the direct-to-video sequels entirely.

Plot

Following the events of the original Universal Soldier, the budget of the program is cut by the government. However, under the orders of a CIA director, a gang of mercenaries take control of the new line of Universal Soldiers to use them in the diamond smuggling business.

Luc Deveraux (now played by Matt Battaglia), survivor of the first incident with the Universal Soldiers, continues to cause problems, the enemy takes his newly found brother and news reporter Veronica Roberts prisoners.

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Universal Soldier


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Universal Soldier is a 1992 action science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam but are reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers.

Plot

In 1967, during the Vietnam War, an American military squad receives orders to secure a village against North Vietnamese forces. Private Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) discovers members of his squad and various villagers dead, all with their ears removed. Sergeant Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), having gone insane, is the culprit behind the mutilations. Deveraux finds Scott holding a string of severed ears and also holding a young boy and girl hostage.

Deveraux, who is near the end of his tour of duty, tries to reason with Scott, saying that the war is over and that he just wants to go home. Scott becomes infuriated and shoots the boy. He then orders Deveraux to shoot the girl to prove his loyalty. Deveraux refuses and stops Scott from shooting her himself. The girl attempts to escape but Scott uses a grenade, killing her. Luc and Scott shoot each other and both are killed. The next morning, a U.S. Special Forces squad finds their bodies. The commanding officer orders the bodies to be bagged and iced and to never discuss with anyone the truth of what really happened.

In 1992, terrorists have taken over the Hoover Dam and the police agencies are ordered not to intervene or make any attempt to rescue the hostages. Instead, the Universal Soldiers (or “UniSols”), an elite counter terrorism unit, are brought in. Among the team are the long dead Deveraux (now designated “GR44”) and Scott (now designated “GR13”). They apparently have been revived with no memory of their previous lives.

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