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The Quest Reviews

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½ April 26, 2016
The film is descent and the fights are good. This was a good film but not a great film. It just was Jean ripping off his own film Bloodsport. That's what hurts the movie so much and the story was not well thought out. But it still is fun to watch.
April 3, 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 26, 2016
2/26/2016: It wasn't that good and basically was a Bloodsport origins movie.
February 23, 2016
definitely one of jcvd bad films
January 13, 2016
Bad remake of bloodsport
June 5, 2015
I wasn't a fan of this when it was first released. Nearly 20 years later and it still did nothing for me. The whole Roger Moore character was wank and it would have been a lot better if it was just about the tournament. A poor directorial debut from the great man.
½ March 4, 2015
It has some obvious holes and exaggerations, and perhaps takes itself a bit too seriously. But 'The Quest' does have a reasonable plot, with excellent fight choreography. As far as martial arts movies go, it's definitely a winner.
½ November 15, 2014
A contrived, disappointing movie, even for Van Damme. His attempt to direct and star in this film proves a failure. The addition of his law suit over the stealing of the story from Frank Dux (Bloodsport) makes it all the more pathetic. I could have written this story in an afternoon or just renamed his earlier work, Bloodsport, and called it The Quest. This film is a bad version of Van Damme's finest work, Bloodsport (made years earlier). The beginning looks promising but after the "look at how tough and scary Van Damme looks" scene it goes downhill. Roger Moore is a needless character (and might I add, 'actor'). The PG-13 rating does not help, since superb violence is most of what one goes to see in a Van Damme movie. The plot is see-through, even more so than most his films. Do not bother watching this film, go rent Bloodsport instead.
September 12, 2014
Really bad. It's a terrible, knock-off version of blood sport.
August 2, 2014
Hands down the best JCVD movie EVER!
April 21, 2014
Emocionante E Eletrizante,Ótimo Filme De Van Damme
½ March 23, 2014
Loved It Reminded Me Of The Original Bloodsport With JCVD!
March 13, 2014
This martial arts film is pretty forgettable. But certainly not the worst van Damme film
January 23, 2014
The Quest was a film I remember as being mildly impressive from a phase I went through where I witnessed all of Jean-Claude Van Damme's films, but I needed to take a second look at it now to be sure.

The Quest has a pretty basic story to it, somewhat reminiscent of my favourite Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Bloodsport. All it really needs is a director who can handle ensuring that it isn't ruined and that it receives enough appealing imagery to make it a decent visual experience. It's a good opportunity for Jean-Claude Van Damme to take the role of director, and he does a decent job. He does need to polish off a few areas such as the minor story element of Christopher Dubois' background which isn't necessary or of any real benefit, and the repetitive use of slow motion which isn't too much but isn't the strongest quality and therefore proves slightly. Also, the cinematography does feature a few too many Dutch angles at times which don't feel necessary, but overall The Quest is still good.
The cinematography is mostly effective and it shoots some beautiful locations, and the production values of the film all help to ensure that the film is convincing.
Its story is a more basic one which is simple enough to make way for good visuals, but its still compelling and has a certain sense of character development to it since it focuses on the honour that develops from a person's inner passion for the martial arts. It isn't one packed with cliches, it's a simple one which does have an understanding of what the honour in martial arts is all about. And while the script isn't perfect, it does the job.
And it has a great musical score. Although excerpts of it, as in the more optimistically spirited sounds are misplaced at times, its still a beautiful musical score which is atmospheric, mood defining and very strongly composed. And in terms of acting, The Quest is nicely surprising.
Jean-Claude Van Damme gives one of his more compelling performances in The Quest, because he displays a grip on the story which he holds as a director, and he combines that with his skills as an actor so that he really knows what to do to make Christopher Dubois a good character. He has a burning passion in his line delivery which is far from simplistic, and he does in fact make a compelling case as lead actor which many other mindless action heroes could have fumbled doing.
Roger Moore is a good presence in The Quest, because he's the actor who was charming enough to be cast as the third James Bond and play him in several successful entries into the 007 series, so to see him in a more low-profile film like The Quest is quite nostalgic. And he proves that he still has it in him by delivering a charming supporting role with a lot of confident line delivery and a general sense of wit and charm which makes him the standout actor of the film with his immense sophistication.
James Remar managed to supply a decent supporting job in The Quest as well.
Lastly, the most important element in any Jean-Claude Van Damme film is always the quality of the action, and in The Quest it is choreographed finely and sufficiently entertaining. Its convincing, and the rate of it is consistent enough once it kicks off to deliver the goods and ensure a powerful climax to the film.

So The Quest is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's more passionate efforts, and while it does have problems, it's a significantly underrated effort which makes use of him as an actor, director and fighter.
January 5, 2014
van damme in the director chair! helicopter kicks galore!
½ January 1, 2014
Didn't like it the first time, gave it another chance, not as bad as I thought.
Van Damme isn't a bad director, shame this is the only time he's done it, not a failure like Steven Seagal's only directed film On Deadly Ground.
½ December 29, 2013
A ripoff of Street Fighter starring and directed by (!) Jean-Claude Van Damme, done in by clumsy direction and poorly choreographed fight scenes. But you do get to see Van Damme in old man latex and clown makeup. It's the little things...
½ November 15, 2013
It's difficult to see the point in this when Jean-Claud Van Damme is in much better films with virtually the same premise.
November 12, 2013
Flawed and mostly stupid. However, there is some enjoyment to be had out of the movie.
October 30, 2013
In 1996, Van Damme took matters into his own hands and tried to cast himself in his own movie and give himself a character he could really be proud of. The Quest, however, is quite a mess - and a surreal one to say the least. It starts off with Van Damme playing a slapstick comedy like character from the great depression, as a street performer who helps children. However, then it essentially becomes a surrogate version of Bloodsports, as he enters a fighting tournament. All the initial creativity is wasted, and in the end a little trivial single short epilogue is added. The fight sequences are fun, but this is a wasted opportunity. However, the morale of the story could be drawn from the 'go the distance' tagline of the film - Van Damme simply could not go the distance.
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