Michael Sauter
December 11, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Universal Soldier

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ed O'Ross, Jerry Orbach, Ally Walker
director
Roland Emmerich
distributor
Columbia Tri-Star
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an C+

It’s the Battle of the Video Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme versus Dolph Lundgren as Vietnam casualties who get brought back to life (in 1994) as part of a secret commando team of genetically enhanced superhumans. Deep down inside, however, they’re still the same guys they were before they died: Van Damme, the good soldier who goes AWOL in search of his former self; Lundgren, the psycho who goes on a killing spree while tracking down Van Damme. The sci-fi hardware and chase-movie momentum keep things rolling toward the climactic clash of titans. But Universal Soldier is just typical genre fare. Halfway through, you’ll be tempted to skip the preliminaries and fast-forward right to the main event. C+

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