October 18-26, 2012 - 9 Nights Of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

2011 Program

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING - Cdn. Premiere! - Sun, Oct 21, 6.45 PM at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Directed by John Hyams, USA, 2012, 113 mins **Director in Attendance for Q&A!**

Principal Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Andrei 'The Pitbull' Arlovski

Canadian Premiere, One Screening Only
Sun, Oct 21, 6.45pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst. Door Tickets from: 12pm, Seating from: 6.15pm.
$14 Regular Ticket, $24 Double Feature Ticket with AFTER at 9.45 pm. Buy Advance Tickets Online Here until 11.59pm Day Before Screening.

Short Description

Packed with extreme, ultraviolent fight scenes and hard-hitting action, the newest chapter of the Universal Soldier movie series has received fantastic fan reactions on the festival circuit. Action legends Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme unite as leaders of a renegade army of soldiers and its up to Scott Adkins (the rising action star from EXPENDABLES 2) to track them down and defeat them.

The Buzz

“Delivers thrills, bloodshed and jaw-dropping fight scenes to whip audiences into a blood-baying frenzy….this film will take your head off!”  - Twitch

“One of the best action movies of the year!” - Indiewire

“The brutality of the violence is something to behold, with Hyams staging each scene with such bone-crunching brilliance that you practically feel the impact of every blow!” - IGN

Official Selection - Fantastic Fest


When John Hyams was handed the keys to the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER franchise in 2009 he turned out the rock-solid REGENERATION, but with DAY OF RECKONING he pushes the property in directions so unexpected, so ambitiously radical, and so f—ked up, that the sheer audacity of the project is to be applauded. Palpably evoking, of all things, APOCALYPSE NOW and ENTER THE VOID, modern day martial arts MVP Scott Adkins (EXPENDABLES 2) plays an amnesiac, revenge-seeking soldier in search of Luc Devereux, the original Universal Soldier (Jean-Claude Van Damme), who has gone AWOL and is brewing a Col. Kurtz-style commune for renegade UNISOL clones (including a gleefully demented Dolph Lundgren) bent on revolution.

Not content with delivering merely a meat and potatoes actioner, Hyams conjures a slick blend of action, sci-fi and outright horror, doing each genre justice as he ricochets the audience between surreally hallucinogenic first-person psychodrama set-pieces, Van Damme’s most unhinged performance yet and bouts of nihilistic brutality so shocking that even the most jaded gore-hounds will be wincing with unease.
- Peter Kuplowsky

Screens with Short Film:
Canadian Premiere
Official Selection, Fantastic Fest 2012
Steven Kostanski, 5 min, Canada, 2012
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