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Van Damme and Natasha Henstridge do well in this mid 90's action flick one of the many movies that Van Damme plays his own twin.
Cliche and boring from beginning to end. You might get some chuckles from the awful ADR or the occasional awkward line-delivery. But it's hardly worth the time unless you're all out of Ambien, in which case this should put you right to sleep. For Van Damme completists only.
This wasn't one of his best movies, it was a little confusing to me at times and not a great storyline.
Fun movie exactly what I expected from JCVD
Formulaic 90's action vehicle for Jean-Claude Van Damme that is so bad you actually wish Natasha Henstridge could break into her Species character to make it interesting.
One of Van Damme's best action movies, Natasha Hendstridge, Hong Kong director Ringo Lam, loads of car chases, gunplay and explosions. What's not to like....
JCVC is killed in the opening scene of this film, but then his twin brother investigates his death and gets caught up with the Russian mob and with ex-KGB. For whatever reason Jean-Claude Van Damme was the go-to guy for Hong Kong action film directors for making their American directorial debuts. John Woo with "Hard Target," Tsui Hark with "Double Team" and Ringo Lam here with "Maximum Risk." Maybe JCVD was famous enough to be a major production for their debuts, but he wasn't so big that studios were risking wrecking an Arnold or Stallone flick. These three of JCVD's films are what I believe to be his best three films (excluding the very meta "JCVD") . I'm partial to saying Tsui Hark's film is my favorite, though it's admittedly a ridiculous story, with a ridiculous co-star (Dennis Rodman), with ridiculous product placements (saved from the Colleseum exploding by a Coke machine), but the action sequences are just phenomenal (and it has a hilariously beefed up Mickey Rourke). This film, directed by Ringo Lam, has easily the best action script Jean-Claude ever had and next to "Timecop," which is probably his most Hollywood of action film. There's a decent supporting cast, which includes Natasha Henstridge, who I've long felt should have gotten better parts, but never seemed to escape appearing in mostly genre films. Overall, this is essential viewing for JCVD fans and for non-JCVD fans it's simply a decent action flick with good action sequences and a better than average script.
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 fiancé 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.
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.
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!