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  • Summary: John wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux. While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol. As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott, John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true. (Magnet Releasing) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Nov 28, 2012
    91
    It may very well be the best action movie of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 29, 2012
    75
    An intensity of purpose and a patient, suspenseful directing style make the B-movie Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning superior to most of the big-budget action films I've seen lately.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    Against the prevailing cheerlessness, these intensively choreographed fights, many shot in audacious, roving single takes, are like glimpses into a dream world.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 29, 2012
    60
    Say what you will about the confused narrative, blatant borrowings and wildly over-the-top gory violence of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning -- at least you can see what the hell is going on.
  5. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Nov 28, 2012
    58
    Consider this a public service announcement: Folks who have a problem with onscreen flesh-hacking - or the fact that franchise stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren aren't in the movie all that much - should stay home.
  6. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Like a stiff Schwarzeneggerian conqueror making good on an "I'll be back," John Hyams returns to one-up the franchise again.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 14, 2012
    20
    The fight sequences are briskly choreographed at least, gruesome though they are -- and, to be honest, that goes a long way in a film such as this. In fact they may be the only reason to see it, other than the chance to see Van Damme in full Col. Kurtz mode, all face-painted and droopy-eyed and bat-poop crazy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 7, 2013
    7
    The result is a very different kind of Universal Soldier movie, but one that at least has the balls to try something new. It may not always be successful, but in an age when filmmakers seem happy to churn out the same movie over-and-over again, credit should go to Hyams for mixing up the tried-and-tested formula. And with the film's finale somewhat open-ended, here's hoping he gets the opportunity to further explore the Unisol universe. An entertaining Universal Soldier movie that dares to try something different. Expand