Tells a simple story well
- Soldier review by RP
I enjoyed this fairly run-of-the-mill sci-fi film. It's certainly no masterpiece, but it tells a simple story well, has action and *very* few words – so sit back and enjoy.
Kurt Russell plays Todd, a soldier trained from birth to be a highly disciplined fighting machine. He is an emotional cripple. After long and distinguished service he is superseded by a new breed of genetically engineered soldiers, and literally thrown on the scrap heap, in this case on an outworld garbage dump planet.
Here he meets a small colony of shipwrecked civilians and is exposed for the first time to the emotions of family life. The new supposedly improved soldiers arrive, Todd defends the civilians, and everything ends happily.
Don't expect great dialogue: Kurt Russell says about 100 words total of which the majority seem to be 'Yes Sir'. But he uses a limited range of facial expressions to convey both feeling and emotion as his character changes from an automaton to a man.
I enjoyed it and can recommend it – it's deeper than it at first appears and there is even a little bit of character development if you watch out for it...
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