Sometimes a simple, formulaic genre film breaks free of its format, takes root in the hearts and minds of a generation, and becomes something larger, greater — a modern myth. Movies like these don’t just spawn sequels; they sort of demand them, by building alluring, fully realized worlds to which moviegoers long to return, if only for a few more hours.
The original Universal Soldier, released in July 1992, is not one of those movies.
It was co-written by Dean Devlin and directed by Roland Emmerich. It was Devlin’s first produced screenplay and the German-born Emmerich’s first American film. It starred Euro-import action icons Jean-Claude Van Damme