Knock Off (1998)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Muddled plot; stiff acting.


Movie Info

Against the drama and pageantry of the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, a CIA agent has to thwart a conspiracy that, if successful, will incite a wave of world terrorism. KNOCK OFF is the story of Marcus Ray (Van Damme), who lives the good life in Hong Kong working as a sales representative for "V SIX" jeans. As the city's transition unfolds around him, Ray gets wind of a terrifying conspiracy - a Russian Mafia scheme to bring a deadly secret technology, microbombs, to the … More

Rating: R (for continuous violence and brief language)
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Stephen E. deSouza, Steven E. de Souza
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On DVD: Dec 29, 1998
Runtime:
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Cast


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as Ling Ho

as Skinny

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as Officer Fong

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as Racemaster

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as Papa Wang

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Critic Reviews for Knock Off

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

Though the jokey lines seem out of place, the somber tone of this 1998 action movie makes the political subtext more sincere and less grandiose than usual.

Full Review… | July 28, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The last blast of the summer is an exuberantly cheesy action opus featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider as an improbable pair of gung-ho heroes.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Variety
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For hardcore Van Damme and Sparks fans only.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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The plot is as incomprehensible as the dubbing, and many of the special effects are neither special nor effective.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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One of Van Damme's best movies ever.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Was a film ever more appropriately titled than Knock Off?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Knock Off

½

Tsui Hark's Knock Off is an action film that isn't as bad as it seems.Unsurprisingly, the story is straightforward, easy to follow, and to be honest, quite stupid. The setting takes place in Hong Kong, and with Tsui Hark as a director the film feels less like a Hollywood film. In this case, this is a good thing.Tsui Hark's editing and camerawork can be erratic at times and the 90 minutes whiz by because of this. The pacing is really quick and scenes come and go like there is no tomorrow. On the flip side this makes it harder for the film to have a really deep story with built up characters. It also creates plot holes.Hark's editing does help the action. The constant switching of camera shots make these scenes seem extremely fast and full of energy, which makes it really entertaining. As for the action itself, there is a moderate amount with a hilarious rickshaw scene in the beginning.The acting isn't award winning by any means. Van Damme is pretty amusing as his character is a bit wacky, but Rob Schneider is unconvincing as a CIA agent and feels out of place.By the end, Knock Off doesn't shine anywhere. It is just a mediocre action picture for Van Damme fans.

skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

"Knock Off" is set in Hong Kong and Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a fashion designer who is unwillingly selling knock off clothes which easily tear. Van Damme and his sidekick (Rob Schneider) are up against enemy marketeers who are trying to cause a worldwide catastrophe by using tiny explosive devices in items such as jeans and toys and then shipping them all over the world.
"Knock Off" definitely proved that Van Damme is a better fighter than ever and that he can still make exciting movies. This movie has the best special effects, action sequences, and even the best fighting out of all of Van Damme's movies so far, and that's saying a lot because Van Damme has made many great fighting and action movies such as "Hard Target," "Bloodsport," "Sudden Death," and many others. I didn't like the movie's plot or story that much, but the action and fighting sequences are GREAT! If you like exciting fighting movies and if you like some of the other Van Damme movies, I recommend getting "Knock Off." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

stormyweather980
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

What a Van Damme explosive action-thriller set in Hong Kong.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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