"Sudden Death" is cinematic excellence at it's finest quality. Van Damme beats the shit out of a hockey mascot and it's not hammed up - it's just an action scene. What would you do if you were a kick-ass martial artist trying to rescue your daughter and there was a terrorist dressed up as a hockey mascot? You'd probably beat the shit out of him, right? The realism in this movie is subtle brilliance. The fact that people call Van Damme's acting wooden is clearly language bias as the American audience has trouble accepting accents as a part of reality. However, as always, Van Damme is great at bending down in the middle of the street to hug the kid that runs after him, he gives warm smiles when needed, and beats the crap out of bad guys at an increasing rate until a fucking helicopter crashes into the stadium in super slow-mo with about a thousand camera angles on it. I would have said spoiler alert, but it's right there on the movie DVD cover. Discussing the plot of movies like "Sudden Death" is like discussing the action in "My Dinner With Andre," or the humor in movies like "Schindler's List": It doesn't matter! It's an action movie and the action is great as are the fight scenes, and all of the actors in the movie sure know how to act like they are beating each other to holy hell, and isn't that all you really want out of a vehicle for a martial artist? Thank you "Die-Hard" for spawning "Sudden Death."