• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:
    Ringo Lam
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 30, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Maximum Risk Reviews

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March 29, 2014
The American debut of Hong Kong director Ringo Lam (City on Fire (1987), Twin Dragons (1992) and Victim (1999)), this is a brainless action film taken from a screenplay by Larry Ferguson (Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Alien 3 (1992)), although Lam had trouble with the studio while making this film, it does have some good action sequences. Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is an honest cop in Nice, France who is visited by his old partner Sebastien (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who takes him to a crime scene where Sebastien shows Alain a dead man who looks identical to Alain. The dead man is Mikhail Suverov (also Van Damme), who was born on the same day as Alain, and is in fact the twin brother Alain never knew he had. The trail leads Alain to New York, where he finds out that Mikhail was a member of the Russian Mafia, and the Mafia and the FBI wanted him dead. When Alain is mistaken for Mikhail, he ends up on the run with Mikhail's fiancÚ Alex Bartlett (Natasha Henstridge). This is an extremely silly film, which gives Van Damme the excuse to kick some butt again, but at least he looks the part as a French policeman. This is the kind of action film that seldom gets made anymore, but it came as the action genre was in serious decline, when most of them and their actors went straight to video.
March 3, 2014
Van Damme plays it straight, perhaps too straight, in this dull action flick. Devoid of any real thrills or any camp value. Just lots of bad Russian accents, a few broken wrists, and one homoerotic fight in a bath house.
May 8, 2009
Alain (same name as the character from Legionnaire) is a cop who discovers he has a twin brother, but finds his corpse. He investigates and gets pulled into a plot involving Mikhail's girlfriend, the Russian mafia, and some corrupt FBI agents.

The plot and story start off really good, but it quickly loses steam. There are a few cool fight scenes with a hulking Russian foe, but other than that its mostly gunplay and car chases in this thriller.

The climax isn't very exciting or memorable, and neither is this film.
January 15, 2014
I enjoy the Van Damme and Ringo Lam team ups... they have brought some of the better VD movies alongside his early wok and those of Tsui Hark. Maximum Risk is dark, smart and action packed with a great performance from JCVD and makes for grat viewing!
January 14, 2009
One of the better JCVD movies ....Great times
Bengel W.
October 25, 2013
Normally Jean is in second rate B movies that are just awful however, this one is very watchable. Reasonable script and action that is believable makes this one a rare treat. Even the acting qualities as well as the fights give this story a realistic feel ensuring a smooth flow. Nibbles: Hot Chocolate, pain aux raisins.
October 16, 2013
So tonight i finished watching an oldie but a goodie. JCVD in one of his better early flick 1996's Maximum Risk. Plays a cop that find out that he is a twin after his twin gets killed by the mob overseas and JCVD goes on his revenge mission as usual to get the guys that did this to his brother and at the same time hook up with his brothers girl figure that one out :P lol
For its time this was a great Van Damme flick
If your a fan go back and re-live the excitement.
Take the Risk you won't be disappointed.
September 30, 2013
It's a visceral delight that refuses to be deterred by niceties of plot or character consistency and prefers sweat to emotion.
September 27, 2013
One of the best JCVD movies out there
September 19, 2013
Hmmmm I think Jean-Claude Van Damme has done another movie with a twin brother storyline. HA! This is your typical kick butt Van Damme movie, which in this movie he plays Alan Moreau. When everyone thinks Alan is dead, he's actually not, just his twin brother. Alan goes on the hunt and tries to discover more about this twin brother. This was a so-so film.
February 9, 2013
Maximum Risk of course does not offer too much of an original story or premise, but thats not usually why you go to see Van Damme movies. The movie does offer some solid action, and a sexy girl in Natasha Henstridge. The movie is interesting enough, but you will find better action films and better Van Damme films.
December 28, 2012
does what he does best
December 7, 2012
Would like to see sometime!
August 29, 2010
A noble attempt at making a good film, but ultimately there are just too many cliches and silly bits. Ringo Lam was a massive talent. For some reason that talent was largely squandered on bad movies.
July 29, 2012
I really love this one
June 22, 2012
one of the best of Van Damme with a sexy Henstridge i give a star extra
June 1, 2010
This one was a bit of a sleeper that came and went near the end of Jean-Claude Van Damme's commercial height. It actually makes for a fine, slow burn, Russian mafia crime thriller. Van Damme still does some kicking and there's some cool set pieces via director Ringo Lam, but this one is really more of a chase-mystery.
John B

Super Reviewer

January 18, 2012
Just a weeee bit on the stupid side. I prefer if when Van Damme pokes fun at himself.
January 6, 2012
Not your typical Van Damme flick. This is a well-made action/thriller by Ringo Lam. Everything from the story, to dialogue, to set designs, to action and even acting (Zach Grenier's performance as Russian boss is particularly memorable) - It's all done just right. Simply a great package.
November 19, 2010
rusoiu ala din lift e pe masura lui tong po si bolo
buna gagica
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