Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the fifth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mindbending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others.
Recently, I sat down with Dolph Lundgren to discuss his work on the film, which also stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins. During the interview we chatted about the horrors of being a Uni-Sol, The Punisher (1989), what his character was trying to tell Van Damme at the end of Regeneration, getting his doctorate in mechanical engineering and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 00:00 – Did you ever think about the internal horrors of being a Uni-Sol?
- 1:10 – How did you do the brutal sword violence?
- 1:45 – Throughout Regeneration your character kept saying that he had something to tell Van Damme. What was it?
- 2:30 – Who would win in a fight: you, Adkins or Van Damme?
- 3:00 – You’ve always been ahead of the curve, doing comic book movies in the 80s, co-financing with China in the early 00’s, what’s next for Hollywood?
4:05 – Are you ever going to finish your doctorate in chemical engineering?