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John Ary And Terry Malloy Talk UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING! Plus Exclusive Posters!

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."

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  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by Brandon

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    and who cares?

    by Brandon

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Universal Soldier: Universally Ignored

    by Santiago Charboneau

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I CARE


    I really do

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    What's with the shitty 80's action star's reemergence as of late?

    by Santiago Charboneau

  • Pretty much equally pathetic as well.... Just sayin'

  • But, hey, keep judging. I'll enjoy some quality gems that get overlooked because 'film fans' enjoy that sense of satisfaction they get from being a smug fuck.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Re: Kgrimes

    by BillEmic

    Don't worry, you're not (totally) alone. I worship at the throne of director John Hyams. Regeneration was more brutal, violent, and well-executed than most action movies I've seen on the big screen. I expect the same from Day of Reckoning!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    I rented Regeneration after favored reviews.

    by professor murder

    And I thought that was a great action flick. Question about Day of Reckoning though, is if it's getting a theatrical release? Or is it another DTV?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Re: professor

    by BillEmic

    On Demand starting today, while a theatrical release is slated for November 30th. However, from my experience these On Demand movies don't end up getting very wide theatrical distribution. Maybe this will buck the trend.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by Randy_of_AFTimes

    ...or does Van Damme look like the Engineer from PROMETHEUS in that poster?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn not directing xmen first class sequel

    by eric haislar

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    fuck this nonsense, read about the HOBBIT

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    since AICN has lazily neglected significant coverage of the Hobbit (compare now to the run-up to LOTR where we had tidbits multiple X a week and regular exclusives)... and Quint has childishly abandoned the set reports he went halfway around the world for... please check out THESE amazing set reports from io9, including in-depth discussions of each dwarf!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    X-Men just lost Matthew Vaughn!!

    by tomandshell

    Fox must be thrilled. He has bailed on his second Fox production.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    At this point, John Hyams is a more interesting director

    by BillEmic

    than Peter Jackson or Matthew Vaughn.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Not as good as Regeneration

    by BillEmic

    but still pretty damn good.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    This movie rocks

    by Jarek

    Dark as hell.... with really brutal action.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Relieved to hear it's good

    by Kelly Grimes

    The trailer wasn't so great but I still maintained faith based on Hyams returning to direct. I look forward to another dark, surprisingly fleshed out script with well-filmed fight sequences. Glad to see some love for Regeneration. That was a movie that really took me by surprise, and I almost missed out on it b/c of attitudes like some people above. S'why I reacted so strongly.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Fuck this with a 10 ft pole.

    by Sean

    The original...shit. Regeneration...caught it a couple of months ago...based on AICN contributer/TB reviews...shit. No continuity for starters just frankly pisses me off. Secondly, Hyams can't direct for shit. Zero story, character development, personality, visual flair...nothing in this last one so i don't have the highest hopes. The attention to action was hopeless. They may as well have turned the camera around 180 deg and filmed the hot catering chick on set. Adkins needs to fire his fucking agent or he's going to be a DTV player for life.

  • It thoroughly--and darkly--connected Dolph's character with the original, as he was essentially reliving the massacre he'd caused in Vietnam. It just wasn't hammered over the viewer's head with a nudge and a wink, so maybe it got overlooked... And to say his action sequences weren't filmed well is a joke, and I have a hard time believing we're talking about the same movie. It was a better all-around action movie than any I've seen in theatres for years. Plain and simple. It was choreographed, quick, brutal, and--most importantly--I could see every single punch and kick clearly. You can hate it all you want, which is a trend round here. But it was an incredible piece of film, especially considering its pedigree.