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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

January 28, 2013

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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is a wild ride. Packed with fantastic choreography and a grim noir/detective story. It moves full speed ahead like a decapitating roller coaster. The Universal Soldier franchise keeps reinventing itself and audiences are taking notice. Director John Hyam is taking this violent juggernaut to great heights with tiny budgets. The amount of bang he can get with a buck is admirable.  Universal Soldier: Regeneration was an insane warehouse fight film that showcased JCVD, Lundgren and Andrei Arlovskis fight skills. The movie caught a lot of people off guard who were expecting an crappy direct to DVD film.

When Miky Pyle loses this fight you are truly bummed out. When was the last time a direct to DVD action film brought out real emotions?

The boys are back and beating each other bloody in Day of Reckoning. The plot centers around action hero Scott Adkins hunting down the men who killed his family. The hunt forces him to cross paths with JCVD and Dolph Lundgren who have freed themselves from government control and are leading a resistance of very angry men. Many of these men die in spectacular fashion.

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The detective story allows Adkins and crew to use knives, guns, machetes, swords, machine guns, baseball bats, glass shards, cars, trucks, vans, elbows, knees, fists, axes, hatchets, coolers, barrels and he even destroys a mirror using a bathroom sink.

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The most impressive aspect of this film is the fantastic look. John Hyams has created a film that is fantastic to look at. It is blood soaked, well lit and atmospheric. The problem is that it is INCREDIBLY VIOLENT and because of that it is hard to recomend to non-genre fans. If you love action, blood and spin kicks this is the movie for you. However, the violence is extraordinarily insane. By the end of the film Scott Adkins is covered in blood from head to toe It looks like he survived a Tarantino/ Sam Raimi film. The dude gets three fingers cut off, stabbed multiple times and catches a machete in the forearm. The final fight alone features one machete, 138 machete wounds and 1,398 spin kicks.

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If you are a fan of slick action films that attempt something different and feature insane violence Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is for you.

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