What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is the fourth in the Universal Soldier sci-fi action movie series. Violence is extremely strong and over the top, with lots of dripping, spraying, and smeared blood, dead bodies, severed body parts, guns and shooting, and fighting (hand-to-hand, as well as with baseball bats and machetes). Several topless women and a graphic sex act are shown in an adult club. Language includes more than a dozen uses of "f--k," and super soldiers are seen gulping down bottles of whisky. Many fans of the franchise will be disappointed that stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren only have small roles this time around and that the movie is far stranger and moodier than most action movies of its type, but it may appeal to more adventurous moviegoers.
  • Families can talk about Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning's violence. Is it meant to be thrilling, shocking, or both? What impact does it have, and how did the filmmakers achieve this?
  • Are martial artists role models for kids or teens? Does it matter what kind of character they're playing?
  • What is the movie's stance on revenge? Do you agree with it? Can you think of other movies that have dealt with that subject?
  • What's the appeal of this long-running sci-fi movie series about artificial super soldiers?
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