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Prepare for Maximum Van Dammage when action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme is joined by sexy newcomer Natasha Henstridge (Species) in their most explosive roles yet! Alain Moreau's (Van Damme) investigation into the death of his identical twin brother leads him from the beauty of the south of France to the mean streets of New York City and into the arms of his brother's beautiful girlfriend (Henstridge). Pursued by ruthless Russian mobsters and renegade FBI agents, the duo race against time to solve his brother's murder and expose an international conspiracy. Sparked by the erotic chemistry between Van Damme and Henstridge, spectacular stunts, and globe-hopping adventure, Maximum Risk is "vintage Van Damme" --Bob Ross, Tampa Tribute.

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Studio Sony
SKU 208160506
UPC 043396258228
UPC 14 00043396258228
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Van Damme,Jean-Clau
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Review Watching Maximum Risk, I had the feeling I'd seen the film before. I hadn't, of course, but the generic nature of the plot and action sequences, not to mention the presence of Jean-Claude Van Damme, made everything seem all-too-familiar. If I hadn't known beforehand that Lam was the director, I never would have guessed it. Maximum Risk displays little of the style that has gained the film maker an international following. This is the kind of job that a hack director could have accomplished...We're talking pedestrian action here. There are all the usual staples: car chases, foot chases through moving traffic, foot chases across rooftops, fist fights (with a little kick-boxing thrown in for good measure), and shootouts. I kept expecting Lam to do something unique, but, by the time the end credits started rolling, I realized it was a vain hope. This is just another story of Van Damme hunting, and being hunted by, a variety of stereotypical bad guys. There's no room in the formula for improvisation or originality...It's reasonable to hope that Lam agreed to direct this movie because it was a means of entrance into the American film market. Even then, however, there's no denying that this is the most unpromising of beginnings. It took John Woo three years to recover from working with Van Damme. Let's hope the same misfortune doesn't befall Lam.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Variety
Review The overriding concern in "Maximum Risk" is action. Cars careen through the streets of two continents, buildings burn and explode, bodies fly through the air from the force of fists and kicks, and bullets whiz by. It's a visceral delight that refuses to be deterred by niceties of plot or character consistency and prefers sweat to emotion...From the opening frames, it's clear the pacing will be breathless. Through the narrow streets of Nice our hero is pursued on foot and in cars by assassins. In the process of eluding them, he hurtles through the air and into the windshield of a parked vehicle. The plot options are clear: He lives, the story goes into a flashback, or the twin brother arrives...But, like the Hong Kong pics, story and logic are repeatedly sacrificed for flash and tempo. Accomplished performers such as Jean-Hugues Anglade, Audran and David Hemblen are squandered in thankless roles while Grenier, as a villain with dramatically rich potential, is reduced to a cartoon crazy...If newcomer Henstridge has dramatic qualities, they will have to be discovered in another movie. The filmmakers' idea of animal attraction is to have her stare like a hare caught in the glare of headlights..."Maximum Risk" has more than its fair share of jolts and can easily be enjoyed for its superbly choreographed ballet of blood, blasts and blows. Yet the echoes of past actioners, including Van Damme's earlier twin-brother saga, "Double Impact," cast a cynical shadow over the pic that chips away at the fun.
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Reviewer Leonard Klady
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Van Damme,Jean-Clau
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
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Alan Silverman, Voice of America An action-packed, sexy thrill ride!
Bill Hoffman, New York Post A sheer blast of super-charged adrenaline.
Clint Morris, MovieHole Premium Van Damme...Henstridge is eye-poppingly appealing...
Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times ...spectacular stunts...stomach-churning automotive chases...and a script by Larry Ferguson that actually holds water, or in this case, blood.
Susan Lambert, Box Office Magazine ...Lam brings a welcome kinetic energy to the chase scenes, and his action has that fast and furious quality unique to Hong Kong films.

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