- Cult Classic
- Critical Backlash: Some people who didn't like the film still think its action scenes are pretty decent.
- Critical Dissonance: The film is disliked by many critics. Regular audiences are far more forgiving, and some called it one of Kurt Russell's best films.
- Faux Symbolism: The main genetically-engineered soldier's name is Caine. He 'kills' his counterpart, Todd.
- Stoic Woobie: Sergeant Todd was forced to spend his childhood undergoing brutal training as part of a project to become the perfect soldier. When he becomes outdated he is thrown off on a wasteland planet. He spends the movie trying to cope with his purpose in life being taken from him and has no place among normal people due to his killer instinct and total lack of social skills. When Sandra asks him what he thinks about, he reveals that it's fear and discipline, every single moment.