Soldier (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
This organization sends their military units out to fight against others and all the viewer is aware of is that they also appear to be human. When an even better type of soldier is created, the Kurt Russell character (Todd) is forced to battle to the death with one of the super-duper soldiers. Thought to be dead, Todd is thrown in with the garbage and dumped on a planet supposedly reserved for refuse.
However, Todd is still alive and discovers a thriving human colony on the planet and he slowly learns what kindly human contact is like. For reasons that are unexplained, the unit of super-duper soldiers is sent to that planet with orders to consider all humans on the planet to be hostiles. In military speak in that organization that means kill them all on sight and with no warning. It is then up to Todd to defeat the entire military unit single-handedly if he is to save his newfound friends.
The lack of explanation regarding why the military units do what they do is both a simplifying and complicating factor. The reader has no idea why these military units exist and why they are ordered to kill innocent humans that can pose no threat. This simplifies the movie but keeps you wondering why things are the way they are.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Really good movie but this particular cut is missing some key scenes. But the extended version and you won't be disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Norbert Maile
I think it was Kurt Russels best film and he has been in several bad onesPublished 16 months ago by Jeremy
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Kobalt