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Soldier (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Kurt Russell , Jason Scott Lee , Paul W.S. Anderson    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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Kurt Russell hits new heights in laconic action heroes with his portrayal of Sergeant Todd, born and bred to be a soldier in a futuristic army. Raised to kill mercilessly, living only for battle, he finds himself at the twilight of his career (and so-called life) when a regiment of genetically enhanced warriors threatens to make his brand of soldiering obsolete. Despite his extensive skills, he is no match for the best of breed of the new order, and he's left for dead on a planet that serves only as a junk heap. There he encounters a ragtag group of castaways, and in his own strange and silent way slowly begins to learn how to be less a killer and more a human. All is disrupted, though, when the genetic regiment arrives on the trash planet and decides to eradicate the local human "trespassers." Though Todd had been overmatched before, this time he has more than ever to fight for--a home, and friends. Soldier is one of those rare sci fi movies that relies more on plot and action than special effects (though the trash planet is effectively wrought). The pace of action in the last half of the film is relentless and exciting, and Russell's portrayal of the old warrior as he warms to human emotions relies more on expression than words--in fact, he barely utters more than a half-dozen lines. --Tod Nelson

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining with a tad of morality Aug. 31 2004
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Sergeant Todd is the "an old model soldier" is disposed of in a trash heap on a foreign world.

This world is occupied by docile, benevolent, friendly people, whom survive off then heap.

The people find Sergeant Todd and assuming he is like them befriend him. Soon they find that he is engineered differently ad shun him. Todd also is confused as the people do not act like normal soldiers. And even they discard him.

The powers that be decide that these people would make perfect fodder for training the newer model soldiers.

The people ashamed of their shunning of Todd decide to invest time in him to teach him their ways.

But will he be able to change or at least understand their society?

Worse still will he become a bad influence?

Soon they find that they need his protection. Looks the planet is going to be used for war games and they are the vermin to be distorted.

Will and can Todd help?

Kurt Russell as Todd, takes this from what could have been a two dimensional future shoot-um-up and makes it a multidimensional story that one can relate to.

It is interesting how we use Sci-fi to mask or enhance moral tales to make them palatable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a surprise........ Jan. 23 2004
By Elite14
Format:DVD
Kurt Russell as an action star? I know that sounds funny, but after you see this movie, you will believe it. I will admit, I thought this movie was going to bite it hard when it came out. I thought it looked cool, but it had "rental" written all over it. After seeing it years ago, I came away entertained. Which is all that really matters, if you think about it. Now that you can get it for a nice price, I would recommend checking it out.
Kurt Russell plays a bio-engineered soldier. He is chosen from birth and trained to kill. That is his only life he knows. He is shown gruesome violence as a young child. He is trained to have no mercy and no remorse. He is a killing machine made by some sort of government. They take children from birth and literally train them to become ruthless soldiers. When they get to their adult years, they are sent out on the battlefield. They are then the perfect soldiers. Of course, there are some downsides to this. They have no social skills. They have never had emotions toward other human beings. And this is where the movie seperates itself from being a 'B-movie'.
Over time, a new super-soldier is created. One that is literally made from the DNA up. This is where the conflict of the movie arises. Sgt. Todd's (Russell) squad is being replaced by a squad of advanced soldiers that are even better than Russell's. They are led by Caine (Jason Scott Lee). Lee plays a pretty decent villianous character. Even though he is just following orders. The orders are coming down from a higher ranking officer (played by Jason Isaacs). Isaacs seems to enjoy this role of playing the main villian. He never goes over the top, but he definately makes you not like him. Gary Busey actually plays a character that is NOT insane.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than you may have heard Jan. 3 2004
Format:DVD
Boy, I'm sure glad I watched this movie _before_ I found out I wasn't supposed to like it. I don't understand the disappointment; this is a well-made and satisfying movie.
I've said before that Kurt Russell is an extremely underrated actor, and he proves it again here. This is a demanding role.
Sgt. Todd is a genetically-engineered supersoldier, indoctrinated from birth as part of something called the 'Adam Project'. A seasoned combat veteran, Todd is a highly trained killing machine who has never known any other way of life.
Yet during the movie, we're supposed to gather that he's starting to feel some 'normal' human emotions and having trouble reconciling his past with his present. Somehow Todd has to put all this across to the audience with a bare minimum of dialogue and an absolutely flat-affect delivery -- rather like Arnold in the _Terminator_ films, with the difference that Todd is _not_ a cyborg or robot, but a human being with a deep inner life that he doesn't know how to express.
I don't know who could have played the part other than Russell. I can't think of another actor who could manage to convey so much with an expressionless face and _also_ be believable as a pumped-up supersoldier. (And Russell is seriously pumped up for this film.)
The story is well-crafted, too. Written by David Webb Peoples, one of the screenwriters on _Blade Runner_, this film is conceived as something of a sequel to that one and partakes of its darkness and moral ambiguity. But for all that, it zips along nicely under Paul Anderson's direction (despite some overuse of slo-mo).
Oh, there's some derivative stuff that we can charitably regard as 'homage' if we like. There's a very heavy nod toward _First Blood_ (and in general a strong evocation of the U.S.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ode to what could have been ... Oct. 31 2003
Format:DVD
You know, if anyone has ever read any of my other reviews, you'll realize that I've got a horrible pet peeve about movies that have a lot of potential and flop miserably. I don't think a movie has been made yet that exemplifies this more then Paul Anderson's 'Soldier.'
This movie REALLY could have been mind-blowing had it not been held back by Anderson's chronic lack of any imagination (see my other reviews of Paul Anderson's work). If this material was being molded by ANYBODY with any sense of vision or especially scope, this movie might have been as popular as the Matrix is now. 'Soldier' was CRYING to be done on a grand scale. How cool would it have been to have seen a huge 'Saving Private Ryan' meets 'Attack of the Clones'-type battle scene? Instead we get work that looks like it was done in a high school auditorium.
Look at things like the horribly dull set designs (not bad per se, but just no creativity), the poor lighting, the stereotyped lemming-civilian characters, and the clichéd villains. It's awful how phoned-in this movie just seemed.
The tragic part is that Kurt Russell was terrific in it and was just surrounded by people (actors and production crew alike) that just had no interest (or maybe ability) in trying to add flavor to the VAST RESOURCES they had at their disposal.
I actually cringe when I think about just how cool this could have been compared to the body of work that everyone seemed content to turn in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I think it was Kurt Russels best film and he has been in several bad ones
Published 17 days ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by ti-lain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Love that movie had it on tape so i needed it in my media player hard drive it's a classic. It's not very big on disk, 4. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kobalt
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
This one is entertaining from the start until the end. Maybe the villain thing is a bit too obvious and omnipresent, the whole movie remains great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by tornitons
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Kurt Russell Fan
Loved this movie when I first saw it on tv. Didn't see it on tv for some time so I bought it and it's a great addition to my collection.
Published 11 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
this movie is a good all around movie, with enough action and a story. line as well. a must eatch
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark and subtle tail
I loved this movie. This movie plot has been done before many, many times. Intimidating fighter is thrust into different culture and learns to value it and realizes what he has... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by George L. Bush
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite action movie...not saying much, actually
There are several reviews here which provide a perfectly adequate overview of the movie as a whole, but I want to put in a plug for what is, to me, its greatest appeal. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by DominionOnline
4.0 out of 5 stars High-class B movie
Kurt Russell is very much an underrated actor. He can do humor (Big Trouble in Little China, and the Escape From movies) and now it turns out he can be serious. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by R. Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Russell is great and he keeps this at bay
filled with some great action scenes including the part where Russell emerges out of the water and guns down a lot of guards. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by Michael Bolts
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