Universal Soldier - Day Of Reckoning

by JC Alvarez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday January 29, 2013

The 80's gave us a lot to be proud of and so much nostalgia. It was the era of Madonna's MTV takeover, Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," and Michael Jackson's moonwalk. But the Reagan Era also gave us the "action hero", and among them the most muscle bound, Dolph Lundgren, who even kicked Rocky's ass once. In the action film "Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning" his character - the original soldier - has miraculously returned from the dead for more deadly reckoning.

A brutally merciless home invasion led by the cold-blooded Luc Deveruex (played by another 80's martial arts action star relic, Jean-Claude Van Damme) puts Scott Adkins' character "John" on a dangerous spiral path for revenge that leads to the genetically engineered sadists that murdered his family.

Crafted by director John Hyams, who has been leading the charge for this bloody shoot 'em up franchise, the story borders on torture gore and is senselessly violent. Unfortunately an audience out there gets a thrill from these shocks and schlock. On the upside, the film's star Adkins is easy on the eyes, with an Aussie swag that only keeps you engaged until the next bit of violence interrupts the scenery.

This movie is frightening, uncomfortable, and not for those easily turned off by blood, sweat, and fear. But the action scenes are impressively choreographed - the bone-breaking action is fierce. Full of guns, axes, and brain-numbing dialogue "Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning" is purely for the genre fanatic. Everyone else...stay clear.

Behind the scenes bonus features reveal the mythology behind the film, but how Lundgren ever managed those long monologues, that's a true feat!

"Universal Solder: Day Of Reckoning"
Available on Blu-ray for $29.99

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".