2009’s Universal Soldier: Regeneration took a lot of people by surprise. Not only was it one of the better direct-to-video action movies in a long time, it was an all-around solid entry in a film franchise most assumed long dead. Now the series is back with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. If this new red band trailer is any indication, the cycle is veering off into Apocalypse Now territory. Watch the video for yourself, we’ll discuss below.
Between series stalwarts Jean-Claude Van Damme looking like Colonel Kurtz (only a Kurtz who can do the splits, throw a mean roundhouse kick, and occasionally dresses like an insane clown), and Dolph Lundgren, apparently in mid-meth binge, sweating buckets and yelling into the camera, Day of Reckoning promises to be bat-shit crazy. This is a journey into a serious heart of darkness, or maybe just what a weekend partying with JCVD is like.
Capitalizing on successful turns in The Expendables 2, Day of Reckoning reteams Van Damme and Lundgren with Scott Adkins. Throw MMA fighter Andrei Arlovski (himself an alumnus of Regeneration) into the mix, and you have a strong, action-ready cast.
Fans of the franchise are already familiar with the mental issues and instability inherent in becoming a UniSol. Dying and coming back to life can be a traumatic experience. The story of Day of Reckoning follows John (Adkins), who wakes from a coma to find his wife and daughter have been slaughtered by rogue UniSols, led by Luc Devereaux (Van Damme) and Andrew Scott (Lundgren). In this installment the duo has become something of cult leaders playing at revolutionary. Before John can rebuild his life, there are genetically enhanced killing machines to contend with, secrets to reveal, and plenty of asses to kick.