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Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2008
Van Damme basically remakes Bloodsport, but makes it boring instead of fun.
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2009
Pretty much the same movie as Bloodsport set in the early 20th century with a more "elaborate" plot. I don't know why but I love this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ September 10, 2009
In "The Quest," Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this action movie about a street dweller (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who helps out kids that are on the street the best he can. He accidentally gets onboard a freight ship and travels to the Far East. Some people notice his fighting skills and he eventually gets entered in a fighting tournament that features the best fighters from various countries and continents. The fighters range from a sumo wrestler from Japan, a martial arts fighter from China who fights just like a monkey, and a monstrous and intimidating fighter from Mongolia. It's up to Van Damme to try and show everybody that he's the best fighter and have a chance at winning a huge golden dragon that goes to the fighter.
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.
Super Reviewer
July 25, 2008
A reasonable cast and some nice looks only save this feeble film. Its basically just a rehash of 'Bloodsport' with virtually the same types of fighters, plot and fight sequences!!
Roger Moore adds alittle class but thats about it really.
Super Reviewer
October 16, 2006
Van Damme did good jobs on acting and directing in this epic one-on-one martial-arts fighters film.
Super Reviewer
April 13, 2007
Van Damme is great!
Super Reviewer
January 22, 2013
If your a big action junkie and love martial arts movies and Jean Claude Van Damme than you will like this movie. Van Damme's first movie where he directs and stars in it is actually a well acted very fun movie. The action scenes are great and you have great performances by Roger Moore (James Bond) James Remar, and Jack McGee (Rescue Me TV series). Also there is a great villain in this movie too. Also, for anyone who thinks it is low on story, it actually has some decent character development and explains stuff with a clear plot.
Super Reviewer
December 21, 2007
Harmlessly enjoyable "warriors gather from around the globe" movie with competent direction from Van Damme. Moore gives good support and it's wonderful to see so many different fighting styles pitted against each other - with great choreography. The tone is more Stephen Sommers than Ang Lee, but there are far worse ways to spend 90 minutes.
Super Reviewer
September 4, 2008
Seeing Roger Moore on his "quest of regaining the glorious fame he once had" is probably the best thing coming from an ambitious,eccentrically fucked up "competition" of juvenile warriors including Van Damme.Hey,it's not the worst movie ever but the whole movie pack of this genre is generally despicable.
March 30, 2016
Watched this for HDTGM. Huge missed opportunity for JCVD. Lazy script. Sloppy direction. Worthless plot points. Worst of all, the fight sequences lacked excitement. The final showdown was a letdown. The end of the movie laughable. Roger Moore is the lone saving grace in a wasted performance.
February 11, 2013
It isn't anything incredibly memorable, but it's a fun ride with solid production values and enjoyable performances.
April 3, 2012
It's a cookie cutter Van Damme martial arts film.
But the last 1/2 is the good bit: The fighting tournament. This is how the Mortal Kombat film should have been.
July 1, 2011
Really, really bad. And I wouldn't necessarily label it racist, but it certainly paints ethnic characters with broad strokes.
½ June 10, 2011
Amazingly bad, in a completely awesome way. Directed by Jean Claude and co-written by him and Frank Dux!
September 20, 2009
The Quest is a chance for Jean-Claude Van Damme and Frank Dux to bring back a storyline similiar to Bloodsport. While The Quest has better fight sequences and acting, the film doesn't have the gusto that Bloodsport had. Unfortuneately, because of this film, the friendship of Van Damme and Dux ceased.

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.
June 28, 2008
Van Damme's directorial debut, and so far, his only, is also one of his best. The plot is Kickboxer meets Bloodsport, to be certain, but he has a great sense of pace and urgency behind the lens. The cinematography isn't too showy, but has an almost dreamlike flow, and the soft lighting with the amber glows, in most interiors, really cement that fact. JCVD, while has only been truly outstanding once so far (see his brilliant turn as himself in JCVD), does very well in the lead role, and his supporting cast picks up a lot of what he can't lift. The action is brutal, and he really knows how to keep the energy during the several fights throughout; they never felt tired, old, or over-done. As a director, he's great with the music cues, and making sure it to never overpower the scene, but add it to. The score itself adds to that dreamlike dimension, mixing typical European classical with some nice Eastern beats in the same songs. The sets are also well designed, and the period detail, while not mindblowing, is better than one would have expected from this type of film.
July 20, 2009
I'm only giving it a single star, even though some of the martial artts look decent, just because it's so Gawdafully plotted.

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.

September 27, 2008
Pretty awesome fights in the tournament at the end. The first 3/4 of this movie is pretty shitty. It doesn't get good till the fighting at the end.
½ May 5, 2008
It's a huge piece of shit but some good fighting parts. Horrible acting but come on it's a van Damme movie. I love him! He's my hero.
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