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By Lou Cedrone | August 7, 1991
Brussels-born Jean-Claude Van Damme is on the road again, promoting his newest film, ''Double Impact,'' opening Friday, in which he plays twins who were separated at six months of age. When the boys reunite as adults, they look for the men who murdered their parents.Naturally, Van Damme plays both roles in the film, thanks to cinema magic.''We tried to get Schwarzenegger or Steven Seagal to play the other brother, but they weren't available,'' he said. ''I'm just kidding.''Suggest that he is following in Schwarzenegger's footsteps by moving from the muscle movies to action-comedy films, and he says, ''I'm not following in anyone's footsteps.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1997
Hoops star Dennis Rodman is not an actor. But Jean-Claude Van Damme makes Dennis Rodman look like Laurence Olivier.Most ridiculous of all, Mickey Rourke is billed below these two in "Double Team," a wretched action flick that's about as coherent as the U.S. tax code. If you're wondering how far Rourke can fall, this movie is your answer.Van Damme plays a counter-terrorist who comes out of retirement to chase down Rourke's bad guy, who has inscrutable reasons for blowing things up. Their confrontation goes badly, and Van Damme wakes up in a prison that's a direct rip-off of The Village in the TV series "The Prisoner."
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By Lou Cedrone | January 16, 1991
You can say this much about Jean-Claude Van Damme's ''Lionheart.'' It's considerably better than his last film, ''Death Warrant,'' which only recently vacated the local screens.''Death Warrant'' was plain silly. ''Lionheart'' is silly, too, but the producers know that and go for the laughs. Their aim is comic book, and they hit the mark. ''Lionheart'' is ridiculous, but it is also entertaining, in a ridiculous sort of way.Van Damme plays a young man who goes A.W.O.L. from the French Foreign Legion when he learns that his brother, set afire by drug merchants in Los Angeles, wants to see Lyon (Van Damme)
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | December 22, 1995
Action fans craving mayhem this placid holiday season will find lots to cheer in "Sudden Death," Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest kickfest. This guilty pleasure combines the slam-bang thrills of a championship hockey game with the tried-and-true "Die Hard" formula. With any luck, you might even forget it's Van Damme.By now, action aficionados know the drill: Take one strategically placed building packed with defenseless civilians, add an oily villain and well-armed Euro-thugs and toss in our hero, armed only with a water pistol.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | December 22, 1995
Action fans craving mayhem this placid holiday season will find lots to cheer in "Sudden Death," Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest kickfest. This guilty pleasure combines the slam-bang thrills of a championship hockey game with the tried-and-true "Die Hard" formula. With any luck, you might even forget it's Van Damme.By now, action aficionados know the drill: Take one strategically placed building packed with defenseless civilians, add an oily villain and well-armed Euro-thugs and toss in our hero, armed only with a water pistol.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1990
You'd think that Jean-Claude Van Damme, cast as a cop wh poses as a prisoner in an undercover assignment, would be able to take care of himself and the film.No go. Not this time. ''Death Warrant'' does nothing for Van Damme and even less for the spectator. Its trouble is that it doesn't know what it wants to be, a prison movie with all the attendant cliches, or another ''Nightmare on Elm Street,'' with all its cliches.What it is, actually, is a combination of all these cliches with some very silly footage of its own.''Death Warrant'' is a brutal movie.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1997
Hoops star Dennis Rodman is not an actor. But Jean-Claude Van Damme makes Dennis Rodman look like Laurence Olivier.Most ridiculous of all, Mickey Rourke is billed below these two in "Double Team," a wretched action flick that's about as coherent as the U.S. tax code. If you're wondering how far Rourke can fall, this movie is your answer.Van Damme plays a counter-terrorist who comes out of retirement to chase down Rourke's bad guy, who has inscrutable reasons for blowing things up. Their confrontation goes badly, and Van Damme wakes up in a prison that's a direct rip-off of The Village in the TV series "The Prisoner."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | January 16, 1993
"Nowhere to Run" has nowhere to go, but why does it have to go there so slowly?Directed at an escargot's pace by Robert Harmon, the new Jean-Claude Van Damme kickfest just crawls along the ground from familiar situation to familiar situation.Harmon once directed a nasty but dynamic chase thriller called "The Hitchhiker" that was so perverse it all but got him kicked out of the business. He's back, and this time he's not taking any chances. "Nowhere" is as generic and mainstream as a Big Mac.Van Damme plays an "innocent" convict who is busted out of jail by the man who committed the actual crime, though the movie's idea of innocence is strictly from Hollywood and not law school -- in any state in the nation, Van Damme was guilty, guilty, guilty.
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By Desmond Ryan and Desmond Ryan,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 30, 1994
In "Street Fighter," a scientist has transformed a man into a superhuman killer by tampering with his mind in a process the screenwriter airily christens "cerebral download." You don't have be Einstein -- or even Frankenstein -- to take this as fair warning to leave your brain in the lobby before confronting Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest homicidal spree.It admittedly would be in the kinder, gentler spirit of the season to label Van Damme's latest farrago of flying fists and feet a career relapse.
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By Lou Cedrone | August 9, 1991
"Double Impact''* Brothers, separated as babies, look for the killers of their parents as adults.CAST: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey LewisDIRECTOR: Sheldon LettichRATING: R (language, nudity, sex, violence)RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes WE'VE SAID this before: Jean-Claude Van Damme is a nice guy. So nice that you hate to say that his newest film, ''Double Impact,'' is a laugh.It doesn't mean to be. Part of the time it wants to be funny, but overall, it means to be taken seriously, as an action film with a sense of humor.
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By Desmond Ryan and Desmond Ryan,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 30, 1994
In "Street Fighter," a scientist has transformed a man into a superhuman killer by tampering with his mind in a process the screenwriter airily christens "cerebral download." You don't have be Einstein -- or even Frankenstein -- to take this as fair warning to leave your brain in the lobby before confronting Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest homicidal spree.It admittedly would be in the kinder, gentler spirit of the season to label Van Damme's latest farrago of flying fists and feet a career relapse.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 20, 1993
The Wooing begins.John Woo, the world's greatest action director, at last brings his three-ring, 20-gun, hellzapoppin' Hong Kong movie circus to America, and the results, in "Hard Target," are unlike anything you've ever seen.It may be good, it may be bad, depending; but it is certainly new.Woo made his reputation in a number of loony Chinese bulletfests, which is a feat in itself: He managed to distinguish himself globally against the context of the world's most absurd, raucous and trashy film culture.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | January 16, 1993
"Nowhere to Run" has nowhere to go, but why does it have to go there so slowly?Directed at an escargot's pace by Robert Harmon, the new Jean-Claude Van Damme kickfest just crawls along the ground from familiar situation to familiar situation.Harmon once directed a nasty but dynamic chase thriller called "The Hitchhiker" that was so perverse it all but got him kicked out of the business. He's back, and this time he's not taking any chances. "Nowhere" is as generic and mainstream as a Big Mac.Van Damme plays an "innocent" convict who is busted out of jail by the man who committed the actual crime, though the movie's idea of innocence is strictly from Hollywood and not law school -- in any state in the nation, Van Damme was guilty, guilty, guilty.
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By Lou Cedrone | August 9, 1991
"Double Impact''* Brothers, separated as babies, look for the killers of their parents as adults.CAST: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey LewisDIRECTOR: Sheldon LettichRATING: R (language, nudity, sex, violence)RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes WE'VE SAID this before: Jean-Claude Van Damme is a nice guy. So nice that you hate to say that his newest film, ''Double Impact,'' is a laugh.It doesn't mean to be. Part of the time it wants to be funny, but overall, it means to be taken seriously, as an action film with a sense of humor.
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By Lou Cedrone | August 7, 1991
Brussels-born Jean-Claude Van Damme is on the road again, promoting his newest film, ''Double Impact,'' opening Friday, in which he plays twins who were separated at six months of age. When the boys reunite as adults, they look for the men who murdered their parents.Naturally, Van Damme plays both roles in the film, thanks to cinema magic.''We tried to get Schwarzenegger or Steven Seagal to play the other brother, but they weren't available,'' he said. ''I'm just kidding.''Suggest that he is following in Schwarzenegger's footsteps by moving from the muscle movies to action-comedy films, and he says, ''I'm not following in anyone's footsteps.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 16, 1991
You can say this much about Jean-Claude Van Damme's ''Lionheart.'' It's considerably better than his last film, ''Death Warrant,'' which only recently vacated the local screens.''Death Warrant'' was plain silly. ''Lionheart'' is silly, too, but the producers know that and go for the laughs. Their aim is comic book, and they hit the mark. ''Lionheart'' is ridiculous, but it is also entertaining, in a ridiculous sort of way.Van Damme plays a young man who goes A.W.O.L. from the French Foreign Legion when he learns that his brother, set afire by drug merchants in Los Angeles, wants to see Lyon (Van Damme)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 20, 1993
The Wooing begins.John Woo, the world's greatest action director, at last brings his three-ring, 20-gun, hellzapoppin' Hong Kong movie circus to America, and the results, in "Hard Target," are unlike anything you've ever seen.It may be good, it may be bad, depending; but it is certainly new.Woo made his reputation in a number of loony Chinese bulletfests, which is a feat in itself: He managed to distinguish himself globally against the context of the world's most absurd, raucous and trashy film culture.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | August 13, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- "Hot Shots!" fought off an aggressive challenge from the new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie to remain atop the box-office chart for a second weekend. The flyboy farce earned an additional $8 million for an explosive two-week total of $29 million.As usual, the latest bone-cruncher opened well. "Double Impact" made its premiere a close second to "Hot Shots," smashing through to $7.5 million.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1990
You'd think that Jean-Claude Van Damme, cast as a cop wh poses as a prisoner in an undercover assignment, would be able to take care of himself and the film.No go. Not this time. ''Death Warrant'' does nothing for Van Damme and even less for the spectator. Its trouble is that it doesn't know what it wants to be, a prison movie with all the attendant cliches, or another ''Nightmare on Elm Street,'' with all its cliches.What it is, actually, is a combination of all these cliches with some very silly footage of its own.''Death Warrant'' is a brutal movie.
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