John Ary here with some Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning discussion. Terry Malloy and I had the chance to see the latest installment of the franchise back at Fantastic Fest. You can check out our spoiler-free video review here. The film's a dark noir narrative combined with dashes of horrific body mutilation, brutal fight scenes, and fine supporting performances from Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren have given the franchise a new life. Director John Hyams uses film influences like Apocalypse Now, Chinatown, and David Cronenberg to raise the material to a level beyond your standard mindless action movie... but not all of it works. With the film releasing today on VOD and in theaters November 30, we thought this would be a good time to discuss some of the more spoilery details of the plot. If you haven't seen the film yet and don't want all the twists and turns ruined for you, please do not watch this:
In another bit of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning goodness, here's an exclusive look at three new character posters from the film along with the official synopsis from the studio:
"Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and Dolph Lundgren star in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, which ups the ante in the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action. John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true."