Universal Soldier: Regeneration

An instant classic!
An instant classic!

Growing up in the 80’s was a dream for action movie fans.  The 80’s and early 90’s made super stars out of the somewhat questionable acting abilities of men such as Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Mr. T.  Recently I watched the latest sequel to Universal Soldier.  I was expecting to be thoroughly entertained by an el-cheapo direct-to-dvd type disaster.  What I got to watch instead was a straight up action movie that was far better than anyone would expect.

Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren reprise their roles from 1992’s Universal Soldier.  They are both much older, but still able to pull off amazing fight scenes and stunts.  In this newest sequel we get UFC star Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski as a next generation universal soldier who must be stopped before he can detonate a bomb that will release nuclear material from Chernobyl.  🙂

I know how that synopsis sounds, I expected it to be just terrible.  Great direction, really amazing stunt work, and a high body count made this one a surprise pleasure.  The extended fight scene between Van Damme and Lundgren alone makes it worth seeing.  I recommend this movie to anyone who misses the good old days when action stars had few lines and took more punishment than is humanly possible.

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