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Overall Rating
1.92

Awesome: 9.09%
Worth A Look: 9.09%
Average: 11.36%
Pretty Bad: 5.68%
Total Crap64.77%

6 reviews, 52 user ratings


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Soldier
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by Charles Tatum

"Meets all expectations, if you expect a crappy movie"
1 stars

If you didn't know any better, you would think I was about to describe the plot of a Chuck Norris or Jean Claude Van Damme straight to video film.

Kurt Russell plays Todd, a soldier. No, he didn't join the army expecting free tuition for four years, he was picked from birth to be trained in combat fighting to point where he is nothing more than a programmable killing machine. He and his fellow soldiers fight in many skirmishes and battles until Mekum (Jason Isaacs) comes along. Mekum has created a new fighting force using genetic engineering. One of his men, Caine (Jason Scott Lee), kills two other older soldiers and wounds Todd. Todd and his dead comrades are dumped on a giant garbage collecting planet, no one knowing that Todd is still alive.

On the planet, he meets the survivors of a crashed ship who have a Utopian existence going on. Todd stays with Mace (Sean Pertwee), and his wife Sandra (the beautiful Connie Nielsen, who was the best thing about "Gladiator"), and he begins to learn the way of love and peace, man. Todd is still a soldier, and he is booted out of the commune after a misunderstanding involving a deadly snake and Mace's mute and cute son. Mace realizes his mistake and goes after Todd on a very fateful day.

Mekum just happens to pick the garbage planet to train his new fighting force on. They will go in, and if they encounter anyone, they will kill them. The last third of the film is one big long nasty fight.

I like science fiction as much as the next Trekkie, but "Soldier" does not contain one plot point or character I have not seen before. The outcome is a foregone conclusion. Russell is just too good an actor to play stiff. He is wasted in the title role, another version of the Terminator or Rambo or any other silent killing machine. Things on the garbage planet are going too well, and the fact that the very same man who dumped Todd there picks it for exercises is a real stretch of logic.

The special effects are okay, nothing you haven't seen before. The supporting cast all tries, but the direction and script just stink. Anderson's final third is not just a long shootout, but a boring one. Todd is everywhere and nowhere, killing indestructible soldiers, then vanishing. Eventually, all the explosions, shootings, punches, and hoopla bore, especially when the end is so devoid of suspense. At ninety nine minutes, the film feels padded, as if the running time was slowly increased by more and more explosions.

"Soldier" bombed at the box office, and with good reason. Sometimes the public can spot a loser, and they were right in this case.

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originally posted: 01/07/04 05:06:37
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User Comments

4/03/13 PAUL SHORTT BRUTAL, DERIVATIVE SCIENCE-FICTION 1 stars
8/02/11 Chris F Not as bad as people say it is decent movie 4 stars
6/20/10 Jeff Wilder Awful script. Russell's not too bad. 2 stars
6/13/09 Wiseman @Q#*!$ 5 stars
3/14/08 Brant Williams The soldier's evolution into real feelings and friendships is outstanding. 5 stars
5/14/07 KingNeutron Ignore critics, this movie was totally AWESOME. Connie N + Kurt FTW! 5 stars
10/20/06 sanjay Kurt russell is awesomw as always 5 stars
8/17/05 ES The ideas presented in this film were excellent, action scenes are superb and a good story 5 stars
6/10/05 Indrid Cold Bad, but the ferocious, bone-crunching hand-to-hand combat at the end is worth it. 3 stars
5/30/05 Ruud de Graaf There is action, SF, a logic story line and Connie Neilsen. What more do you want? 4 stars
2/11/05 Jeff Anderson For all the cool & awesome talent on display, THIS FILM BLOWS! Russell walks away unscathed 1 stars
5/14/04 John surprisingly empty and predictable 2 stars
5/05/04 J.Peckerfoot Oh dear.Back away slowly from this film.Keep going.Bit more.Thats it.Keep real quiet. 1 stars
4/12/04 gromm Great premise. Good start. Soldier starts to get a soul, then the fight starts... 2 stars
2/19/04 sweetgrrl1972 The textbook definition of "Popcorn Flick"! 4 stars
1/25/04 maxpayne at nyc.com you peeps don't get it, that's all - anyone needs to be enlightened, email me 5 stars
1/07/04 y2mckay I liked this for the same reason I liked 3KM to Graceland - mindless guilty-pleasure fun 3 stars
1/06/04 tatum Ka-Boom! Yawn... 1 stars
1/01/03 Jack Sommersby Not exactly original ,but it gets the job done. Russell is typically solid. 3 stars
1/22/02 Andrew Carden I Stopped Watching It After 20 Minutes. 1 stars
11/14/01 Zizzerzazzerzuzz Enjoyable but kinda dumb. At least Goldie Hawn isn't in it. 3 stars
8/19/01 Dr. Thompson The ending stunk, but it was pretty cool until then...whats up with you people? 4 stars
7/15/01 Rampage Damn you Russell. Also whoever made that movie. Loser. 1 stars
5/01/01 Thrillhouse don't waste your money on this dirtbag 1 stars
12/04/00 Cristopher Revilla good idea, but it all goes down to shit at the end, don't watch this, save your money. 1 stars
11/14/00 Crispin Cliched but well executed. So much better than the credit it gets. 4 stars
4/29/00 Pansy Russell's dumbest movie, worse than Solo 1 stars
10/20/99 Lame-Oh boring, tasteless, stupid, and illogical 1 stars
7/20/99 Imagoner Dude, it really sucked. Kurt Russell can't even act as an action hero! 1 stars
6/10/99 Hungry Hungry Hippo Kurt Russell knows how to play an action hero..... 5 stars
5/10/99 Ah Dooey I thought the movie was good... only to be a waste of my time! 1 stars
4/16/99 Mr. Kramitall no comment 1 stars
4/13/99 Go Swans People at my screening enjoyed this film. Then again, it was near Moe. 1 stars
3/25/99 James Coffey Horrible movie. Peoples said it exists in the same universe as 'Blade Runner'(blasphemy) 1 stars
3/10/99 Oggy bad bad bad bad 1 stars
1/31/99 El Dorko God, I'm outta here after seeing this putrid crap. What the hell was that? 1 stars
1/28/99 Whiplash Mr. BBQ Bob, multiple ratings are bad, okay? Just not do it again, okay? 1 stars
12/12/98 Joseph Blow Yhe horror.... the horror 1 stars
12/05/98 Jason Stein This movie sucked hard, THE worst of 98 1 stars
12/03/98 Kirgo An awful movie that wasn't even funny awful..what a waste. 1 stars
11/24/98 Ray Russ As penance for paying to watch this piece-of-shit I blinded myself 1 stars
11/17/98 Tom Ripley Great flick; did *anyone* else like it? 4 stars
11/13/98 Swan An excellent, but misread performance! Sociologically fascinating. Will becom cult favorite 5 stars
11/12/98 Nick Rogers Boring, uninspired, sleep-inducing 1 stars
11/06/98 Mr Showbiz The most militantly bad, cookie-cutter futuristic action movie since The Postman 1 stars
10/28/98 Negative Creep Damn Fine for action. But dont look for much else. 4 stars
10/27/98 Lord Of The Dunce What a stinker. 1 stars
10/27/98 Hunk@prodigy.net I have seen anything this bad since Mafia. 1 stars
10/24/98 16 in. of swingin' meat and a bucket of balls This movie smacks of ass. You came to the wrong place if you were looking for depth. 2 stars
10/19/98 Dark Horizons Warner Bros. has yet another sure-fire dud on their hands. 2 stars
9/23/98 Couch Potato Critic Though nowhere as good as Blade Runner, I enjoyed Peoples' script but still Anderson sucks. 4 stars
8/30/98 {{{OZ}}} Very shoddy. For $2 day only. Paul Anderson is a dead set hack. 1 stars
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USA
  23-Oct-1998 (R)
  DVD: 02-Mar-1999

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Australia
  26-Nov-1998 (MA)




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