So again, Kurt Russell embarks on another futuristic movie that unfortunately doesnít go past itís beginning. Itís big, itís loud, it sure has some good stunts, but the film is basically a no-brainer. I quite liked it, since it had plenty of action, but after the movie was finished, I was like ďWell, what the fuck was the point of the movie?Ē Thatís what a lot of people found out when they saw it. Well, except my uncle, who actually liked it. Oh well, people are different.So, the film kicks off with a promising start, as we see how in the future, the Soldiers will be selected, right from birth. Theyíre taught to hate, kill, destroy and never fear. Throughout their lives theyíre trained to be killing machines and they become that, as we see how reliable they were during the wars they fought. But then a new breed of Soldier is created, and after a few tests, the old soldiers are now obsolete. Among the old obsolete soldiers was Todd (Russell), who was one of the chosen for the superiority tests against the other new soldier (Jason Scott Lee), so after he and two other dead soldiers are dropped in a waste disposal planet. And he finds some people that crashed there, and so on and so on, until that same New Soldier unit arrives, and the fight starts.
"Runs out of steam from the very beginning"
Now, whatís good on the film? The beginning, it would be an interesting yet scary thought of how would they select soldiers in the future. You know what technology can do
Whatís wrong with it? Everything else. After the beginning, you get some serendipity-like story that as it goes along; it just gets dumber and dumber. Russellís dialogue, which itís only a few dozen words, is understandable, but the dialogue heís given is the most ridiculous ever. All in all, what was the point of the story? It never progresses and it never says anything else. Itís like a boat sailing in a sea of water with no course at all, it just sails because it sails. Thatís the same thing with this film. It goes on and on and never reaches a point, and when it does, itís just basic formulaic shit. You know heís going to go after the bad guys immediately. The film is empty since the beginning, and your money ends up practically wasted.
Iím amazed that they spent a lot of money on this film, mostly on those little cars, but the rest was pretty much some weird bullshit wasteland, I can understand that, but I still canít understand how could lots of money be wasted on this film when al you needed was like 20 million, for the look of it. The FX were so stupid, and in one part of the story where he gets dumped in the wasteland, I thought it was way unrealistic the way he survived if the shit they dropped was as high as the height of a 100 story building. Ugh, pathetic.
The performances were unfortunately wooden. Russell is struggling all the time with the role, and the rest of the cast, Gary Busey and Jason Isaacs, they all look bored with their roles. Of course, this film basically had no point, no meaning, and ends up right where it started.In the end, forget this movie, there are better movies than this crud, Try Universal Soldier; at least that one was decent, Solo? Pfft, bullshit, same with this film.
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originally posted: 10/16/01 07:20:54