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My wife and I are both fans of the films of Jean-Claude Van Damme. We especially enjoyed the "Universal Soldier" series. Though they don't receive the highest critical accolades, for me they're all a lot of science fiction action fun.
Of the films in this series, the last one, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) is probably my favorite as far as depth and intensity of theme. This film is also the most dream-like. In this film the cyborg soldiers begin to look within themselves and question what they are doing. Issues regarding age and religion are explored.
It's still an action film with violent physical combat, but there is more exploration into philosophy and the things that drive us from a psychological standpoint. I found it to be a very different Van Damme film in keeping with the fact that he is aging in real life as an actor.
Have you seen Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning? How about the other "Universal Soldier" films? Do you see Van Damme as a superficial screen actor or do you like his work?