The Quest Reviews
Unlike what Van Damme movies are usually known for, "The Quest" does have a good plot, and it's even directed by Van Damme himself. He should make more movies like this. "The Quest" has a plot, the fighting is exciting, and it's a good movie. I recommend anybody who likes good fighting movies to get "The Quest." You'll be glad you went along on this quest. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
Roger Moore adds alittle class but thats about it really.
But the last 1/2 is the good bit: The fighting tournament. This is how the Mortal Kombat film should have been.
Christopher Dubois (Jean-Claude Van Damme), abandoned as a child, is a pickpocket and entertainer while taking care of orphaned children like he. They make a living by stealing from the local crowd whenever they can. They eventually end up stealing from a group of mobsters and Debois goes on the run, becoming a stowaway on a ship captained by gunsmugglers. English mercenary, Lord Edgar Dobbs (Roger Moore) and his partner Harry Smythe (Jack McGee) eventually apprehend the ship and kill all the smugglers on it, while sparing Debois' life. He is tricked into believing that Dobbs will help him get back to America and is left on an island around Siam. There he is trained in the arts of Muay Thai, until Dobbs and his partner come back to the island with an American reporter in Carrie Newton (Janet Gunn) some time later. Dobbs informs Debois about a tournament being held in Tibet, with the winner obtaining a huge dragon statue made out of solid gold.
The competitors that Debois faces come from various countries with some exceptional skills that surpass the one's in Bloodsport. While Van Damme tried to make this film as strong as Bloodsport, the determination was not there. Each fighter had his own style, which made for an amazing display of fighting techniques; even throwing in a little humor among the contestants. As the characters journeyed to the Lost City, we're treated with some nice scenic landscapes of the country. The film keeps up a steady pace of action, with the final stage being completely all about the matches.
As I said before, while the choreography is wonderful, having Debois battle for the release of his fellow traveling party wasn't as endearing as his revenge for his pal in Bloodsport. His friends obviously didn't seem to look like they were in any kind of trouble, being comfortably restrained in their prison. The people of the Lost City were actually mild-mannered about the whole attempted robbery of the golden statue. Van Damme is still pulling that whole "wounded soldier" gig when he's in a battle, but it surprisingly works because his opponents are no push-overs. The Quest is a stylistic display of filming with some eclectic characters covering an array of martial arts styles.
I mean, how fucked up is that? A martial arts film in which the martial arts aren't enough to outweigh the shitty plot?
It was an okay watch via cable, but I'd never look at this again.