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Universal Soldier: The Return

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Bill Goldberg , Mic Rodgers    Unrated   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux is back. Jean-Claude Van Damme gallantly attempts to resurrect interest in his tepid career with this action-riddled roller-coaster ride. Set in the not-too-distant future, Deveraux has been employed by the government to oversee the new UniSol project. What is UniSol? It's a military plan to turn dead soldiers into invincible fighting machines (see the first Univeral Soldier for more details). It's also the scheme that went horribly wrong when the soldiers turned psycho, killing the scientists who created them. Not deterred by this early setback, the government replicates the project. This time they figure that they can control the soldiers through a supercomputer called SETH (kind of like HAL in 2001, but smarter). But, as we all know, machines frequently break down. Pretty soon the computer comes to the conclusion that it's superior to humans and therefore it must destroy them. Uh oh.

Van Damme to the rescue. The muscles from Brussels heroically leap into action confronting the dangerous soldiers led by Bill (WCW) Goldberg and Michael Jai White (last seen in Spawn). The action is impressive and the stunts are engrossing. Goldberg is charismatic as the cartoonish villain who sneers and snouts while muttering macho things like, "I'm gonna kill that guy." Van Damme looks more at home in a production that he is not directing, and for once he lets his fists do the talking. Ironically, the movie is missing the gloss and big-budget pathos of its predecessor (created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich), making the original decidedly better. --Jeremy Storey

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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Pathetic. So Bad it Defies Belief. May 4 2001
I have seen some Bad Action movies in my time, but nothing could have prepared me for "Universal Soldier - The Return". It makes your average Straight-to-Video Action film look like "Die Hard".
Once Again, Van Damme Surrounds himself with Poor Actors so he looks All the Better. Only Michael Jai White Stands a Cut above the Rest as the Super villain. Goldberg's is one of the most Moronic, Annoying Performances I've Ever Seen in my Entire Life. Every time he Opens his Mouth, a Plethora of Crap Dialogue and Horrendous Acting follows. Some may blame the Dialogue, but many films in this genre have Bad Dialogue, it's the Actors Job to make it sound good, Sadly, Goldberg is No Actor.
"Universal Soldier 2 - The Return" has, on the surface, Everything a By-the-Book Action Flick Needs, the Obligatory scene at a Strip Joint, (here they have to go there to use their Computer... Try to Stomach That) The Love Interest (an Exact Copy of the Love Interest in the Original, but Far more Aggravating) and Plenty of Action... (one such scene includes a Wrestling match with Goldberg against 2 Hospital Orderlies that are Bigger and more Muscular than Van Damme and Goldberg Combined) It's a Shame that the Action is Poorly Shot, Poorly Edited, Poorly Conceived, Poorly Timed, Poorly Choreographed, and Poorly Performed.
If you've Seen the Film, you know what I'm Talking about, If you Haven't seen it; you haven't the Faintest Idea what I'm Talking About. There is No Reason I can Think of to Recommend this film to Anyone, except maybe people who like to Torture themselves. But Average Joe's like Me, if you are Listening... Run, Run Away from this Movie, Don't Even Look at the Cover... If it's One your TV, Smash your TV, if a Friend Hires it, Get New Friends, If Van Damme Himself Pleads with you to Watch it, Chastise him for me and Every Other fan of the Truly Classic Original "Universal Soldier", a film that will Never be the same Again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can a movie get any worse? April 17 2001
By Dragon
Talk about how poor double team was ''DAMME'' this was a bad movie.Everything was bad the acting the story everything some of the fighting scenes were ok but thats about it.Van Damme at his worst don't buy this movie or rent it.The movie got so boring i felt like turning it off and stomping on it (but i rented it i couldnt do that)so i decided to watch more of it and when i woke up from falling alseep on my chair i saw the very end of the movie where van damme was fighting seth that was the best fighting scene in the movie then i turned the movie off and went to sleep the next day i found out that i didn't miss anything while i was sleep but some more bad acting and bad love scenes goldberg was pathetic in that movie it wasn;t even funny and his jokes didn't make me laugh.I took that stupid movie back i almost felt like breaking it while i took it in blockbuster i was so mad i wanted my 2 bucks back really really really REALLY bad i didn't think it was a movie then i thought it was a person who decided to torture us with bad acting.Don't ever see this movie its a waste of your time if you do youll be like ''dang he told me not to watch it'' don't beileve any of ''the movie was ok'' that movie........... bad i don't feel good when i think about it this movie was that bad.Theres only one way to buy this movie if you have an enemy who you dont want to hurt physically you could always tell them to watch the movie (thats if you really want to waste your 2 bucks on trash)i dont even feel like typing this and i dont feel good now it brings back the memories of how bad this film was i just wish a scientest would just erase this film out of my memory it was so bad i dont even want it to be in my brain for the rest of my life Literally
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2.0 out of 5 stars I have some concerns Feb. 17 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The first movie was a neat action flick with a simple plot. This is garbage. NO... the fight with Mario Van Peebles was good the fight between Van Damme and Bill Goldberg (playing re-animated corpes based cyborg Romeo) that fight was okay, but using terrible camera shots to make it look like Goldberg could throw a high sidekick, which no one really expects him to do. That's bad. or kicking a super-soldier into a dryer and turning it on rendering him powerless. That also is bad.
Or the fact that common hospitol security looks like navy seals built like Goldberg and are allowed to work without sleeves and show off their tattoos, or here's a good one... Van Damme's charicter (he is alive in this one) is held in the air by his neck from a reannimated soldier, in a dying effort he grabs hospitol shock pads, and while the soldier is still holding onto his neck he with 3,000 volts, SHOCKS THE SOLDIER!! Van Damme's charicter is fine. The soldier who is supposed to have unlimited pain tolerance is stunned and lets go only to stand still and wait for blows. It's subtle things like these that concern me about this movie.
It is not charming, or cool. All the fights except the final two are jokes. The robotic charicter of the blank soldiers is lost as these cyborgs make wise cracks, check out the ladies and hold grudges. Not the traumatic life into death type of grudges but the "he beat me in the simulater game room and I want him to know that Im better" type grudges. This also concerns me.
If I could grade only mario van peebles's performance (one fight) I'd say five stars. but with all of these additional concerns I cant lawfully give it more than two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great kick ass movie
Published 1 month ago by James Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for this underrated sequel
Universal Soldier-The Return(released August/99)is certainly an underrated sequel to the first Universal Soldier. Read more
Published on June 6 2010 by Robert Badgley
2.0 out of 5 stars Please read
The movie is definately rated two stars, but more important is the info below:
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Published on Feb. 20 2008 by Eddy B
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad........But
At Most I enjoyed this movie, Bill Goldberg ( Romeo,UniSoldier) at his Grid Iron tackling Best, But the movie was spoilt by one of the female leads,(The TV News Anchor ) by her... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by J. R. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Damne vs Goldberg
The fight i been waiting to see all my life,and it finally happen.The fight was pretty good,Van Damne coudnt keep him down. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent sequel
Having seen the first movie, and finding it a little tame in comparison with others, I purchased this DVD expecting more of the same, and was impressed by the good performance that... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Mark Jewell
4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining movie
I cannot believe this movie is getting such low reviews as i enjoyed it as did everyone that i know did aswell. Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by Robbie rob
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did they bother.....
I am a Van Damme fan and still hold out for the day when he makes a return to the big screen. I bought this recently and now wish I hadn't. Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by Ollie
1.0 out of 5 stars Misses Lundgren
This film is a mess. The title and story is nothing but a cash-in on the first movie. That being said, I'm happy Dolph didn't star in this film, there is no disguising the fact... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldberg Rocks
Goldberg is the greatest actor and wrestler that ever lived period end of story
Published on Jan. 6 2003
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