'Universal Soldier: Regeneration'
(Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2010 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: 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 Pitbull" Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud.
Blu-ray Verdict: The plot of 'Universal Soldier: Regeneration' is simple (of course) but effective. The action is outstanding, ultra violent and rarely stops. And it's not old school action either. There's a taste of the Bourne series in some of these shoot-outs.
The plot, as it goes, ia about a small terrorist group who seize the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to release a toxic cloud. A military squad is sent in--and decimated by a new and more lethal "UniSol" (played by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski). Desperate, the American military forces the decommissioned UniSol Luc Devereaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to revert back to a killing machine - even though the consequences to his damaged psyche could be severe… and dangerous.
Granted, both Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme aren't really on screen as much as one of their typical films but it really, really works. Indeed, the acting all around is solid. My only complaint is the lack of budget/simple setting of the film. The action though, as mentioned is what makes this movie and there are some really good fight scenes. If you like violent action films with good realistic fighting choreography definitely check this one out. Big marks for Director Hyams. Can't wait to see what he does next! This is a Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Dolph Lundgren and Director Commentary
Behind the Lines Featurette
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