With more than 20 films to his name, including hits such as the original "Universal Soldier," "Timecop," "Double Impact," "Hard Target" and "Nowhere to Run," Jean-Claude Van Damme defines action in its purest form. He constantly tackles new and inventive projects that showcase his charisma, charm and martial arts prowess.
Once again, he brings these assets to the forefront with UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN, a sequel to one of his most successful international hits that grossed upwards of $100 million worldwide.
The sequel continues the saga of Van Damme's Luc Deveraux, the unstoppable soldier who was the last man standing at the end of the original film. The story picks up years later when Luc, now a caring father and widower, serves as a technical expert on a special government project preparing a new, stronger breed of soldier that is more sophisticated, intelligent and agile.
Designed by Ryan Lathrop, all goes well with the project until the soldiers' supercomputer, SETH (Michael Jai White), develops a mind all its own. The Self-Evolving Thought Helix then devises a number of plans, including the destruction of Deveraux. In order to gain access to Deveraux, SETH kidnaps his daughter, Hilary (Karis Paige Bryant). The only people that can help Deveraux in his plight against SETH and Ryan Lathrop are Erin (Heidi Schanz), an assertive, witty and tough-as-nails reporter striving for her big break, and Maggie (Kiana Tom), Deveraux's partner and close friend who's been through countless hours of training and combat with the vigorous soldier.
This time around, Deveraux faces off against more than one super soldier, since his opponents not only include SETH but an entire army of Unisols bent on destroying him at all costs. At the front of the platoon is Romeo (Bill Goldberg), a giant six-foot-plus Energizer Bunny who takes a licking but keeps on ticking.
Racing against the clock to save his daughter and keep his family together, Deveraux encounters obstacles that only he can surmount, especially since he knows the way a Universal Soldier thinks, feels and fights.
Crossing all the genres with a combination of action and science-fiction that includes lightweight comic touches and even elements of romance and family drama, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN.
The movie stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, who recently appeared and co-produced an array of action movies including "Inferno," "Legionnaire," "Knock Off," "Double Team" and "Maximum Risk," and Michael Jai White, a versatile actor known for his lead roles as Mike Tyson in the highly rated HBO original "Tyson" and the international hit "Spawn," as well as the recent telefilm "Mutiny" and "Thick as Thieves," which had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Making her crossover to a leading lady, Heidi Schanz stars as Erin, following turns in high-profile projects such as "The Truman Show," "Kiss the Girls" and "Seven."
Making their movie debuts are Bill Goldberg, one of the top-rated wrestlers in the world whose chant can be heard every week on WCW's "Monday Night Nitro," and Kiana Tom, a fitness leader who hosts one of the top-rated fitness shows on cable with ESPN's "Kiana's Flex Appeal."
Also featured in supporting roles are Daniel Von Bargen as General Radford, the stalwart commander who thinks he knows what's best for the soldiers, and Xander Berkeley as Dylan Cotner.blog comments powered by Disqus
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