The Soldier Film Details
Overview: Terrorists take over a plutonium bomb and threaten to detonate it in a Saudi Arabian oil field. A special anti-terrorist unit is sent in to stop them.
Tagline: You don’t assign him. You unleash him.
Review: “The Soldier” is a politically loaded, extravagant action-thriller that is very much a product of the Cold War era. Ken Wahl of ‘Wiseguy’ fame (whatever happened to him?) stars as the title character, a coldly efficient anti-terrorism expert with a squad of four (played by Joaquim de Almeida (“Clear and Present Danger”), Peter Hooten (“The Inglorious Bastards”), cooler than cool Steve James (the “American Ninja” series), and Alexander Spencer). They’re an “outside the grid” team that report straight to the director of the C.I.A., and they’re called into action when KGB agents, posing as terrorists, steal a nuclear bomb and plant it in a Saudi Arabian oil field, threatening to detonate it. They want Israel to withdraw from the West Bank of Jordan, but didn’t count on the Wiseguy factor. You have to turn your brain off a bit watching this gleefully over the top escapism, while it goes and pushes your buttons with zeal. The plot (by director James Glickenhaus, who was following his memorable revenge saga “The Exterminator” at the time) is muddled, but it allows for some extremely impressive set pieces, which of course is what we’re really watching this for. You may find some of this material totally implausible, but it’s undeniably exciting. One highlight is Wahl escaping down a mountain on skis and turning around in the air to mow down his pursuer. Glickenhaus wastes absolutely no time in amusing the viewer, with Wahl and his comrades baiting a terrorist group into the open so the cretins can get annihilated. The globe trotting aspect is also highly appreciated. Pacing is excellent and those electronic score geniuses Tangerine Dream do wonders with the music. Wahl doesn’t have to really DO much with his hero; all we need to know and see is that the guy defines the word “badass”. James is as charismatic as ever. The late Canadian beauty Alberta Watson (“The Sweet Hereafter”) is a sexy Mossad agent and romantic interest for Wahl. William Prince (“The Gauntlet”) is the U.S. President, Jeremiah Sullivan (‘The Adams Chronicles’) the Russian villain. Buffs will enjoy spotting familiar faces in small roles: Zeljko Ivanek (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Jeffrey Jones (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Ned Eisenberg (“The Burning”), Rebecca Schull (‘Wings’), and Tom Wright (“Marked for Death”). However, the legendary Klaus Kinski (“Aguirre, the Wrath of God”) is utterly wasted in a VERY brief cameo. Provided you don’t think about it too much, “The Soldier” shows undemanding action fans a pretty good time. Seven out of 10.
Country: United States
Language: English, Russian, French
Duration: 96 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Also known as: The Soldier,Der Söldner,Le soldat,Fedőneve: Katona,Ultimátum,O Ultimato,Le Soldat,ザ・ソルジャー,Codename: The Soldier,Executor,Ölüm vuruşu,El soldado,Солдат,Κωδικό όνομα: Στρατιώτης,Nombre Código – El Águila,Nombre código: Águila,Żołnierz,O Soldado,Peitenimi: Soldier