• Publication date: April 22, 2009

In <s>Universal Soldier</s> When the Dead Turn Alive And Combat

Directed by Roland Emmerich, "Universal Soldier" is a movie that combines the elements of action, drama and science fiction.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, "Universal Soldier" is a movie that combines the elements of action, drama and science fiction.

The movie, premiered in 1992, stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam but are reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers.

"Universal Soldier" made great box office success, with total worldwide revenues amounting to US$ 102.000.000, while its original budget was only US$ 23.000.000.

The events revolve around Luc Devreux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren). They are two US soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam when Devreux interferes with Scott's slaughter of a friendly village.

Listed as 'Missing In Action', they are actually flash-frozen and shipped to a top-secret facility where a team of scientists led by Colonel Perry (Ed O'Ross) turn the two, along with other select specimens, into super-soldiers known as "UniSols."

While helping foil a terrorist takeover of the giant McKinley Dam, Devreux starts having flashbacks to his former life, and makes a break from his colleagues.

The increasingly human Devreux teams up with TV reporter Veronica Roberts (Ally Walker), while they are chased across much of the Midwest by Scott, and also by Perry and the police, who capture them long enough for Scott to find them.

After a chase, thinking that they killed Scott in a truck crash, Veronica takes Devreux home to his parents in Louisiana, only to have Scott catch up with them for a brutal confrontation.

The film was followed by two television movie sequels in 1998 "Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms" and "Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business", and a theatrical sequel that ignored the television films, "Universal Soldier: The Return", in 1999, with the only returning cast member being Van Damme for the latter.