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Universal Soldier: The Return (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 23
CAP Influence Density: 2.21
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*Universal Soldier: The Return* (R) -- a bang-bang, shoot 'em up, burn 'em up, blow 'em up skin flick no-brainer.

Yup, a bang-bang, shoot 'em up, burn 'em up, blow 'em up skin flick no-brainer. But that's just my opinion. First a little on the first *Universal Soldier* (1992).

In the first one, Luc Devreux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Sergeant Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), military marvels both, kill each other one-on-one. After deep freeze for about 20 years, they are resurrected as uncaring, pain-free, emotion-free goons (UniSols) fighting for some kinda cause in testing for an expendable army. Devreux develops an attitude but Scott maintains his obsession to kill Devreux. Also in *Universal Soldier* (1992) a nosy reporter louses secrecy up and gets involved with Devreux. Van Damme's bare behind gets extensive exposure in *Universal Soldier* (1992). With that behind us.......

*Universal Soldier: The Return* is a parallel to *Universal Soldier* (1992), complete with Devreux being an emotional 'good guy' and with his nemesis trying to kill him. Also in this newer version is a nosy reporter who fouls things up. But the skin exposure in this version is not Van Damme's but is of many women in a strip tease bar -- so many I cannot guarantee the count is accurate. As I looked away waiting for the next scene hoping for no more nudity, the next scene presented some new bare ladies. Several sequences of this happened, at least twelve. I lost count after that. The zero Sex/Homosexuality score is higher than it should be.

And high-tech bang-bang, shoot 'em up, burn 'em up, blow 'em up gave almost a new definition to gore and violence. Lots of bullets, knives, and explosives mincing human flesh. But not to worry, S.E.T.H., the master computer controlling all the UniSols could save you from the dead, even a little girl, at least until it took human form.

A zero score in Wanton Violence/Crime. A zero score in Impudence/Hate. A zero score in Sex/Homosexuality. A zero score in Murder/Suicide. Need I say more in the summary/commentary?

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • long and repeated series of attempted murder with injuries by gunfire, explosion, and fire
  • attempted murder by drowning
  • needle implanting in the neck
  • brain implant surgery
  • deaths by electrocution
  • human form on fire
  • brutal fighting sequences
  • run over by a truck in an attempt to kill
  • burning bodies
  • falls that would kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 7 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • punk music and dress

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adult underwear
  • suggestive eye movement
  • vulgar gesture
  • side nudity
  • changing clothes in a car
  • repeated multiple strip dance nudity
  • lesbian invitations
  • porno talks in background
  • nude bar brawl scene with multiple full nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar and booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • God's (and Jesus') name in vain at least three times without the four letter expletive
  • machine healing, including from death
  • resurrection from the dead

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by gunfire to head and body
  • murder by strangulation
  • murder by electrocution
  • murder by explosion
  • murder by fire
  • murder by neck break

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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