Universal Soldier: The Return

on August 20, 1999 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   Jean-Claude Van Damme reprises his 1992 role as Luc Deveraux, the product of a top-secret military experiment involving cyborg technology. Now, Deveraux is training of the new breed of Universal Soldiers (Unisol), which are stronger and faster than their prototype instructor.
   Upon overhearing that the Unisol program will be shut down, the supercomputer S.E.T.H. (Self-Evolving Thought Helix) takes charge of the Unisols and puts plans into motion to preserve itself. Under the leadership of Romeo (professional wrestler Bill Goldberg), the Unisols' first mission is to bring in Deveraux to enter the code to stop the self-destruct countdown. Deveraux is not willing to comply and the stage is set for the free-thinking to battle the mind-controlled.
   With Goldberg and master martial artist Michael Jai White as super-charged villains, the choreographed action gets up-close and very personal. Unfortunately, the ultraviolence is the only thing about this film that is memorable.    Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Heidi Schanz, Michael Jai White and Bill Goldberg. Directed by Mic Rodgers. Written by John Fasano and William Malone. Produced by Craig Baumgarten, Allen Shapiro and Jean-Claude Van Damme. A Tristar release. Action/Adventure. Rated R for nonstop strong violence, and for language and nudity. Running time: 89 min.
Tags: Heidi Schanz, Michael Jai White, Bill Goldberg, Mic Rodgers, John Fasano, William Malone, Allen Shapiro, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Romeo, supercomputer, mind-controlled, future, sci-fi, soldier, war, artificial intelligence, mind control, government, conspiracy
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