Soldier (*) - Movies like Soldier are the reason why watches were invented. I knew from early previews that we were in trouble with this one which looked like just another variation on the premise used by Universal Soldier and Solo. Little did I know that the homage fest would end there.There’s more recycling going on in this movie than at a homeless convention. It’s like watching Kramer and Newman collect bottles for their Michigan scam on Seinfeld. Let’s count the movies where “inspiration” was borrowed for this film by breaking down the plot. Genetically altered or trained soldiers are created for fighting by an elite chapter of the armed forces (Universal Soldier, Solo). One warrior is thrust out of the operation and is forced to help a group of outcasts fight against the very system that banished them (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, No Escape, Universal Soldier, Solo). Our hero will eventually fight to the death with the supreme bad ass of the group he once belonged to in the cliché started since the end of the original Lethal Weapon - the karate fight in a pouring rainstorm (Universal Soldier & Timecop). Kurt Russell usually has a pretty good eye for scripts. Even if they may seem a little silly like Stargate, he sees something in them that will work. What happened here? Kurt is literally given like 20 lines or less, at least half of them ending with the word “sir” even when talking to a woman. He makes Snake Plissken look like Leo Getz for God’s sake.There is absolutely no structure to this film - it’s sloppy and the writing couldn’t be worse. How could the same guy who co-wrote the screenplay to Blade Runner write this film? Russell has been good and underrated in a lot of films (Backdraft, Breakdown, Executive Decision) and he’ll no doubt be good again. At only 95 minutes, it seems like a lot of footage got cut out of the film, but if it was anything like the 95 still intact, I’d just as soon lose it too. The editor must have been wearing his watch at the time.