Thursday, January 16, 2014

Universal Soldier: The Return

 Released Year: 1999
Directed by Mic Rodgers

Casted by:
Jean-Claude Van Damme as Luc Deveraux
Michael Jai White as S.E.T.H.
Heidi Schanz as Erin Young
Xander Berkeley as Doctor Dylan Cotner
Justin Lazard as Captain Blackburn
Kiana Tom as Maggie
Seven years after the events in the first film, Luc Deveraux, now an ordinary human, is a technical expert who is working with the government with his partner Maggie, who has been through countless hours of combat training with him, in order to refine and perfect the UniSol program in an effort to make a new, stronger breed of soldier that is more sophisticated, intelligent, to spare using living soldiers in the battlefield. All of the new UniSols, which are faster and stronger than the original UniSols, are connected through an artificially intelligent computer system called S.E.T.H., a Self-Evolving Thought Helix.

When S.E.T.H. discovers that the Universal Soldier program is scheduled to be shut down because of budget cuts, it takes action to protect itself.

Killing those who try to shut off his power, and unleashing his platoon of super soldiers, led by the musclebound Romeo, S.E.T.H. spares Devereaux, only because Devereaux has the secret code that is needed to deactivate a built-in program that will shut S.E.T.H. down in a matter of hours. With the help of Squid, a rogue cyberpunk, S.E.T.H. is able to put his program in a UniSol which Squid made superior to any of the newer models.

Not only must Luc contend with ambitious reporter Erin Young, who will not leave his side, but Luc must also contend with General Radford who wants to take extreme measures to stop S.E.T.H.. S.E.T.H. has arranged Romeo to kidnap Luc's injured 13-year-old daughter Hillary, killing Maggie in the process.

Luc is the only person who can rescue Hillary, because Luc knows firsthand how a UniSol thinks, feels, and fights. Luc infiltrates the UniSol building, but finds Maggie, now revived as one of the UniSols. S.E.T.H is able to figure out the code himself, decides to kill Luc and raise Hillary himself, who he has healed using UniSol technology. During the fight Luc covers S.E.T.H. in liquid nitrogen then shatters S.E.T.H.'s frozen body. Luc then engages into a fight with Romeo, which ends when Maggie finally rebels against the UniSols by shooting Romeo, and allows Luc and Hillary to get out of the building on time. However, the bomb that General Radford had placed was deactivated by S.E.T.H.. As Romeo and the platoon of Universal Soldiers start to march out for battle, Luc fires at the explosive charge blowing up the building, killing all the Universal Soldiers.
  L² Scored: 4/10

L² Comment:
A bit dull on the acting part, though the storyline is ok but i'm damn sure i wont watch it again no matter how hot Van Damme is...

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