Sunday, May 16, 2010

Directed by John Hyams
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, Corey Johnson

This film falls firmly into the "who would've thought?!"-category. By no means is it a work of art, but rather another one of those guilty pleasures.. though that should really not come as a surprise.

 Van Damme continues his "comeback" after JCVD with his third installment (fifth all together) of the UniSol-franchise. It's welcomed surprise too because the last time Van Damme played his Luc Deveraux was in 1999 with the horrible piece of shit that was Universal Soldier: The Return which saw him fight an all-powerful super computer. This time it's terrorists who take the former Chernobyl plant as hostage and threaten to blow up an abandoned reactor releasing a new cloud of radiation unless their brothers in arms are released blaah blaah blaah. Who gives a shit, right? We just wanna know if the Muscles from Brussels is still in condition to take on the assignment and luckily he is. He's done a good action film here, but was this worth passing on Stallone's upcoming The Expendables? That remains to be seen.

 There's also the obvious question as to how come Lundgren is back, since his character was very very dead at the end of the original film. Quite simple really: they don't give a reason, he just is. His part is only a little one, but the time he spends on screen is fun all the way, including a nice re-match of course. I personally don't follow the wold of the ultimate fighting, so I can't be that excited about "The Pit Bull" Arlovski, but for what it's worth, he's not bad though not anything special either. Director Hyams does a nice job with his action scenes and shows more potential than his director father Peter Hyams (working on this picture as the director of photography) who's probably really seen his best days professionally (2010, Narrow margin).

Van Dammen comeback JCVD:n jälkimainingeissa jatkuu tällä uudella osiolla miehen suosituimpaan leffasarjaan, jossa hänet on viimeksi nähty yli vuosikymmen sitten. Toiminta jyllää ja miehen potku nousee edelleen, joten jos vain sillä on merkitystä niin tästä tuskin kehkeytyy suurta pettymystä, vaikka saagan paras on edelleen Roland "Independence Day" Emmerichin ohjaama alkuperäinen vuodelta '92. Hyvää krapulaviihdettä, jos ei muuta.