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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 Trailer

Just the basic story: Scott Adkins awakes in hospital after he dreams about JCVD and some guys in black uniforms kill his wife and daughter. He is then approached by some sort of government agent and starts to search for the killer of his family but it is more difficult than it seems. To be completely honest: I don't think I got the story completely. 

It includes clones, implanted memories and some twists you wouldn't really expect from a movie like this. This isn't really like the first Universal Soldier (funny), this is actually pretty grim and dry and compared to "Regeneration" it has a way more complex story and clear lead actor this time: Scott Adkins. The first scene is actually a first-person one take, like in an ego shooter. It's a gimmick and I'm not really a fan of this, but it isn't bad at all. It's also raw and brutal as Scott gets beat up by a crowbar and then his wife is killed by a head shot with lots of blood splattering around (The death of his daughter isn't shown). The "Eastern block industrial" feeling is gone, this is rural America - and it's for the better. Of course there aren't any big sets like in The Expendables. 

This time there's also nudity. A brothel for the Universal Soldiers (where Andrei Arlovski is wrecking some havoc) and a strip club. All this is told with various "experimental" techniques. Strange sounds, flashbacks in which, for example, his daughter appears or his mirror image turns into Van Damme and so on. It's a little bit TOO ambitious for a movie like this. It wants to be deep, David Lynch-like, and, while I appreciate the intention of going away from the simple story of Regeneration the "arthouse approach" doesn't really fit. Scott Adkins also simply isn't a good actor to pull that off. And he still lacks the presence of the old action heroes.

Category- Action | Sci-fi 
Country: USA Language: English
Release Date: 4 October 2012 (Malaysia)

Director:John Hyams
Writer: John Hyams
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins


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