Maximum Risk (1996)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Average Rating: 3.9/10
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Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a French cop whose colleagues make a startling discovery -- a man named Mikhail, who was killed in a high-speed chase with police, looks exactly like him. Curious about the stranger with his face, Alain is told by his mother Chantal (Stephane Audran) that Mikhail was in fact his twin brother, whom her poor family was forced to give up at birth. Alain wants to know more about the brother he never knew, but the more he learns the more troubling the news
Sep 13, 1996 Wide
Oct 30, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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It's a visceral delight that refuses to be deterred by niceties of plot or character consistency and prefers sweat to emotion.
A standard Van Damme pic, competently assembled but with little of the manic edge found in director Lam's Hong Kong movies.
There are so many car crashes in Maximum Risk that Van Damme ends up playing second fiddle to an ever-expanding salvage operation.
Lam not only handles the bravura action set pieces with ease but also a capable international cast as colorful and varied as the film's many locales.
The chases are chaotic and cliched.
Action flicks should be fun, and this one is a bloody bore.
The plot holds together pretty well, which is not always the case in Van Damme's movies, and does not require the concoction of labored explanations for his pronounced accent.
...has its moments of fun and excitement, and even though it's uneven and hits rock bottom on occasion, it should be of interest to die-hard action fans. (Blu-ray Edition)
...the movie has some good moments of intrigue and adventure, and with a more charismatic hero it might have worked better.
The energetic action isn't quite enough to overcome an undernourished story. [Blu-Ray]
For sweet bloody thrills, this one beats the summer blockbuster competition hands-down.
Villains curl their upper lip and snarl in bad Russian accents, while Van Damme bungles four-word sentences.
Premium Van Damme...Henstridge is eye-poppingly appealing
Those who approach Maximum Risk with minimal expectations will, in the end, experience at least the occasional pleasant surprise.
Zesty chases and Van Damme's always exciting fights scenes fit well within a story that carries more intrigue than the average kick-and-crash extravaganzas.
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