Right off the bat let me just warn you. You will have no idea what the hell is going in this movie until about an hour and twenty minutes into this violent and action filled flick which makes it interesting since you are trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is the fourth installment in the Universal Soldier franchise continuing the tradition of big tough muscle delivering some painful blows to whoever stands in their way. And if you haven’t seen any of the other Universal Soldier films you will be able to view this and still understand the plot once the movie has concluded.
Day Of Reckoning follows the story of Jon (Scott Adkins) whose wife and daughter were murdered before his eyes, then beaten into a coma by house invaders. His new purpose in life is to seek out these criminals and revenge his family’s death. At first you might think you have this whole plot figured out in the first ten minutes but as the movie progresses it starts makes less and less sense which kept me intrigued knowing that it would eventually lead to an explanation as to what the hell is going on. For being a fourth installment of a small budget action movie, I give it props for being entertaining from start to finish. I wish this movie had a bigger budget to be more competitive in the box office.
Jean-Claude Van Damme had very little screen time which was a little disappointing, but when he was on screen, he owned it. His speaking lines were minimal but damn did he make his presence felt in the film through his evil villain character. His stare is enough to make any hero stop in their tracks and rethink touching him.
Let me just point out that Jean-Claude and Dolph Lundgren are not young guys anymore so keep that in mind when you see them performing all those stunts. Inspirational to a young guy like me to keep physically fit well into my 60’s.
This might not be a blockbuster that will blow you away with special effects and acting but it is definitely a movie worth watching if you love a good butt whooping with a lot of explosions, nudity, and gore. Day of Reckoning is definitely not for those with a weak stomach. There will be plenty of blood, bones breaking and other carnage. There were many scenes that caused me wince and groan in discomfort as legs were broken in half, limbs ripped off, and a lot of painful punches. The score complimented the film really well giving it a Terminator vibe to it.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of Jean-Claude movies and appreciate a good action film that delivers over the top gore, this flick is for you. I would even watch this movie a second time when I get the chance which is not common for me.