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Soldier

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Soldier

1998 / 99min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: PAUL W. S. ANDERSON

Among Kurt’s most curt performances, and a miracle of stripped-down cinematic storytelling courtesy Resident Evil mastermind Anderson. In far-off 2036, career killing machine trooper Todd 3465 (Russell), raised in military service since he was just a li’l orphaned pup, is kicked to the curb by his former bosses, who are now besotted with a new model of genetically engineered supersoldier that renders the likes of Todd 3465 obsolescent. Dumped as human refuse on a backwater waste disposal planet, compelled to mix with the place’s scrappy squatter inhabitants, and without orders to follow for the first time in all his days, Todd 3465 has to learn to live for himself—an awkward, fumbling process of humanization which Russell portrays movingly. And later on, when those shiny supersoldiers show up on Todd 3465’s adopted home bearing ill will, and he’s left with no choice but to brutally kill ’em all? Well, that’s awfully moving, too.