I'll never understand how Kurt Russell, in making this movie and seeing what's come to pass, could still remain a political conservative? An excellent movie, portraying soldiers raised-from-birth, and their artificial replacements. [Never liked Russell's politics, but normally have liked his acting.]
Forget that this was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (even though he handles it competently enough) and remember that it was written by David Webb Peoples, who scribed Blade Runner and Unforgiven (one of the greatest scripts of all time). This is an intelligent, thoughtful film with a heartbreaking, near-silent performance from Kurt Russell, playing a brainwashed super-soldier who, after being rendered obsolete by a newer breed of warrior, struggles to understand what it means to be human. This really isn't even an action movie until the finale, but when it does kick into that gear, it does so pretty spectacularly.
I thought this movie presented well even now. Dated special effects and action scenes are the low point. The high point is the setting and the story. The performance by Russell is very good as well. I enjoyed watching the transformation of his character. There isn't a lot of dialogue in the movie and it still conveys a strong story and a lot of emotion. I was impressed how they pulled that off.
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