Universal Soldier Reviews
The story of the film is pretty simple but pretty effective for a Sci-fi action film and it delivers in the action department. The action is non-stop and keeps it entertaining enough to get through.
Basically if you want to turn your brain off and laugh at a cheesy action movie look no further.
Do you know that synonymous, if you only know a movie title because you know exactly that has 10,000 copies in the DVD store? (with 50 direct-to-video sequels or prequels)
That's just the case with "Universal Soldier", I just wanted to know how and where it all started. I also like to see martial artist trying on more serious film projects. But then I remembered "Roland Emmerich" and I knew what I had to get involved again.
Surprisingly, that was not the case. That is clearly one of Emmerich's best films but that does not mean much.
The story is pretty good in itself and I like the idea. In general, I'm always interested in any kind of weird science fiction but if you have not seen the first 5 to 10 minutes of the movie, then you might think it's just a normal soldier movie in which only a soldier went crazy.
But in itself I have to say the movie is fun because it does not seem so long, has some pretty good ideas and Jean-Claude Van Damme is pretty entertaining and funny in so many scenes. That I really have to ask the question if this man would be a good comedian. My personal favorite is when he sits in yours and just no matter what happens all the food continues to eat and continue to eat.
Dolph Lundgren is always better as a rogue (or as an anti-hero)
Nevertheless, we must not forget that this is a criticism and we must also remain critical the film has the typical Roland Emmerich problems. The pacing in this movie is rather slow. Now the action is filmed faster + good enough but the scene went by quickly before / after getting into a car. Otherwise you can wait a long time until something interesting / important happens again.
The battles are mediocre just like the love interest. (which one would not have needed in this movie but she has at least a narrative reason to follow him in the movie and it is at least understandable why they fall in love with each other)
But the saddest thing is that the movie had 3 perfect scenes to end the movie and all the problems mentioned at the beginning would have been quickly forgotten, NO!
Terrifyingly, the movie continues over 20 minutes because Roland Emmerich tried to make a double climaxx, but he did not understand how to build one that makes him worse and harder to deal with in retrospect.
And that costs the film another star.