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Universal Soldier: The Return

HD   R Closed Captioning

Mic Rogers

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About the Movie

Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. With the Cold War over and defense budgets slashed, the entire Universal Soldier team is facing elimination, including SETH, the super-computer that controls the ultra-warriors. Knowing that his days are numbered, SETH decides to seek revenge by destroying his creators and implementing a reign of terror on the outside world. Morphing into human form as the quintessential Universal Soldier (Michael Jai White), SETH begins to unleash his wicked plan with the aid of his top soldier (Bill Goldberg). When conventional military strength fails to thwart his efforts, Luc must take charge. As Luc faces SETH and his team of unstoppable soldiers, a battle pitting man against machine and good against evil ensues, offering the kind of high-intensity sci-fi action you've come to expect from Van Damme in a story you won't soon forget.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 58
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 55
  • Average Rating: 2.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: If the world is ever to be truly safe from Universal Soldiers, they, like Achilles, can suffer a mortal wound in only one place. For them, it's the box office. – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, Jul 27, 2014

Rotten: It's actually the fourth entry in the series, after a couple of straight-to-cable sequels. That's a lot of pulp to squeeze out of a concept that was fairly juiceless to begin with. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 7, 2013

Rotten: An underwhelming follow-up to one of the career-stalled action star's better efforts. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: If Universal Soldier: The Return isn't the dullest, most derivative, unimaginative, noisy, repetitive, mind-numbing and generally imbecilic movie of the year, it's not because director Mic Rodgers wasn't trying hard enough. – Barbara Shulgasser, Chicago Tribune, Jun 7, 2013

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Customer Reviews



A return that's not welcome

Universol Soldier the return had nothing to do with the first movie and the acting is bad including Van Damme. The fight were great to watch but that's all. This movie is so bad that the third film (Universol Soldier: Regeneration) ignores "Universal Soldier: The Return. A must have for Van Damme fans and I'm a huge fan and I also love good movies and this isn't one of them sorry to say


I remember when I was 9, I clipped my toe nail on the edge of a concrete piece and stayed in bed. I was looking at some videos on the shelf and found this movie popping I watched it and it was pretty enjoyable, loved the intro song and stunts in this movie. Good film to pass the time :)

Universal Soldier: The Return
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1999

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