People often talk about movies that they like but know they shouldn't as 'Guilty Pleasures', well Paul Anderson's 1998 SF Action movie Soldier is one of mine. Not a brilliant movie by any stretch of the imagination, but there's something about it that makes it a very watchable 99 minutes.
Kurt Russell plays Todd, raised from an infant to be a soldier, his training along with the other soldiers includes being desensitized to violence. After many campaigns Todd and his men are replaced by genetically-engineered soldiers. During a fight with one of these new troops, Todd is knocked unconscious and thought to be dead. Along with the bodies of 2 of his men he's dumped with scrap on the Planet of Arcadia 234. Here Todd finds human colonists who have become stranded. Todd has to learn to adapt to live within their community. When the genetically-engineered soldiers are sent to Arcadia for a training exercise and find the planet has inhabitants they are ordered to clear the planet, Todd takes it upon himself to help protect the colonists.
The screenplay for Soldier was written by David Peoples, who co-wrote the script for Blade Runner. Peoples has said that he seen Soldier as almost a spin-off from Blade Runner in some ways, and it does make reference to the battles of Tannhauser Gate and Shoulder of Orion, the wreckage of a Blade Runner spinner can also be seen on the moon of Arcadia amongst the junk piles.
Kurt Russell who plays Todd is on the screen most of the time even though he only speaks 104 words in the whole movie.
Gary Busey chews up scenery by the shed load with his performance as Church, the commander of the original squad of soldiers that Mekum's (Jason Isaacs) troops replace !
The rest of the main cast are made up by Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) and Jason Scott Lee.
Soldier was a huge flop on release taking only $15 million worldwide for it's $75 million budget, the film went straight to video here in the UK, making it the biggest budget film ever to do so.
The dead astronaut and space battle seen in the trailer aren't in the movie, and there are reports they were done just for the trailer.
Anyway I think it's a fun movie even if it was directed by Paul Anderson (Aliens vs Predator)