Terrorists kidnap the Russian Prime Minister's 2 kids, take Chernobyl nuclear power plant and threaten to blow up a reactor. 4 Universal Soldiers go in but are no match to a Next Gen. UniSol. Luc/JCVD goes in but faces 2 NGUs.
John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Viet Nam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this "UniSol" (Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud. The only one who can stop them is Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a UniSol who's been decommissioned for years. Reactivated and retrained, Deveraux must make a full-out assault on the heavily armed fortress. But inside, he'll discover not one but two of these virtually indestructible warriors. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), Deveraux's vicious UniSol enemy from the original Universal Soldier, has been secretly reanimated and upgraded. Now, these elite fighters are locked, loaded and programmed to kill; and the fate of millions hinges on this high-action showdown.Written by
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(at around 6 mins) The Chernobyl power station is described as being 'surrounded' by a derelict city. The power station is surrounded by open countryside. The nearest town is a mile and a half away. See more »
I'm gonna give you something that will help with your recovery. I'm gonna make you feel better, Luc. Gonna make you whole again.
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There's really not much to write about, so I'll keep this brief.
The film delivers where it needs to. The gun battles are extremely satisfying (especially the sound effects), the hand-to-hand combat is brutal and in places quite creative, and some of the sequences are amongst the best I've seen from straight to DVD action.
A few scenes stuck out as particularly well done: A sequence with Van Damme entering a building and systematically taking out the terrorists with only his knife was excellent. The inevitable Van Damme Vs Lundgren confrontation won't disappoint either, with walls being demolished and windows shattered as the two legends fling each other about with scant disregard for the structural integrity of the building surrounding them.
The main antagonist is played by Andrei Arlovski, a UFC champion, he really is an excellent fighter and his scenes are just as fun (and my favourite parts of the film).
Don't expect a coherent story, it's absolutely ridiculous. And anyone expecting to see Van Damme in new light after JCVD will be severely disappointed, he's almost comatose thought the entire film. No other members of the cast are worth a mention.
Strictly for action buffs, this film is a lot of fun if you're prepared to only turn your brain off, but completely remove it from your cranium for the duration.
4/5 for action, 1/5 for the film itself.
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