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I remember when this movie was in-the-making it was featured in a some electronic entertainment publication (sorry I cannot remember the source, it was a long time ago). The article touched the various characters and how they had been based off the Double Dragon video game. Characters such as Moon (Bolo Yeung) and Kara (Corey Everson) as well as the two rolls played by Van Damme. While it carried similarities to the ideal behind DD, it really had nothing to do with the game itself. There is undeniable, heavily borrowed elements such as two brothers at opposite ends going to fight for their girlfriend. At one point in the film Bolo Yeung lifts a barrel over his head and tosses it at Van Damme (much like the oil drum tossing "Abobo" bad guys in DD). Everson's Role was also close match to those "bad girls" or "Lindas" from the arcade classic.
1 of Van Damme's best. He plays twins who r seperated when they r young. Their parents r killed by the Chinese & other bad guys. 25 yrs later. They meet & decide 2 to action. 2 avenge their parents murder. Now the bad guys must be aware cause action comes twice. Great action film. Oh, there is an erotic sex scene that just had 2 be in there-lol. anyway, a must have.
Despite once it was explosive, dynamite movie, today it looks as cheap b-grade movie (which is actually is). Bad edition in twin parts, bad acting from everyone (obviously, to let Van Damme to be in his highlights), cliché script and lots of unbelievable action. It's never enough of Van Damme in focus, if you his fan, but that's very disturbing. There is only one refreshing thing here - Cory Everson as sexy female villain, frisking girls (a lesbian?!) and try to choke Van Damme with her legs, showing her incredibly sexy butt on a way. Too bad, they didn't showed more of it. It was most interesting part in this movie. But Van Damme had to kill her no matter what - what a lady hater! Cory is sexy as hell here, and Van Damme... is still Van Damme. For better and worse.
Please, even if you are in the worst of the moods, refrain from
watching this flick.
I don't think whether anything was right with this movie at all. On a friend's recommendation I watched this and I literally flushed 1h and 48 min of my life down the closet. Poor acting, stupid direction, weak storyline and pathetic action sequences - and when you blend this together you get "Double Impact". Even least of the expectations were not met.
I guess I did learn one thing - Never watch Van Damme action flicks. They are pure wastage of time !
Seeing actors playing double is always confusing. Especially the ones who don't have a naturally born twin. In "Double Impact", Jean-Claude Van Damme puts the "d" in double. Here you have Chad and Alex Wagner(Van Damme) who were separated by violence, and brought together to seek revenge on their parents killers. The action in the movie is well promised. Both Van Damme characters learn martial arts, they go on adventure. And the return of an old foe. Bolo Yeung was known as Chong Li in "Bloodsport". This time he's known as Moon, one of the few henchman who was responsible for the parents death. He displayed his raw power in this movie than he did in "Bloodsport". Since he was a champion dead-lifter, it makes a whole lot of sense when he lifted those barrels But at the end of the fight, the results was shocking! Having the actors playing dual roles is more challenging, yet it's very entertaining as well. I enjoyed it very much! Rating 3 out of 5 stars!
Twin brothers separated at birth (Due to the deaths of their parents)
reunite twenty five years later to avenge their parents and take back
their million dollar tunnel. Double Impact runs at two hours long and
basically adds no real approach to the Corsican Brothers plot and
Jean-Claude Van Damme while adequate as the evil twin brother is just
embarrassing as the good twin brother. Also the action sequences aren't
as exciting this time and Jean-Claude relies more on gunfire then on
his martial arts. Also the supporting cast is wasted and at two hours
the movie is just plain dull.
* out of 4(Bad)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I witnessed this crime on movie central just recently and felt impulsed
to save the non-hardcore van dammers from wasting a trip to blockbuster
or waiting till it's on the movie channel only to be god smacked!
The movie itself has an allure just like every other van damme film out there. It looks flashy, action ready! First thing you see when looking at the cover is van damme sporting a ripped physique and look of primal fury hidden beneath his hardened grimace! If you've never really thought about it, isn't that what every action cover looks like! They really don't need to change it any time soon cause guys appreciate that kinda of honesty. If the graphic artists who design the covers didn't feel the need to make it artsy, It would most certainly be JCVD (Jean Claude Van-Damme) on the cover booting someone in the head! Probably the same guy he's been kicking around like a toy for the last 5 Cannon films. If you didn't already know that's the film company that made him their personal tool for nearly a decade. *Shakes Head* But you want to hear about the movie so here it is!
The plot is unbearable! The whole evil guy kills parents, offspring (JCVD) come back for some reprisal, and lastly the high-kicking energetic climax! The only climax I saw was the part where Cory Everson frisks Alonna Shaw and whispers "you can frisk me" which if you had a line graph depicting total excitement it would look like a single blip on a heart beat monitor. At this point the movie has already been disemboweled and they make no attempt to stitch it up at all. Nope they throw a white sheet over it without even drawing the chalk outlines.
The acting is an atrophy. After this movie someone should'a forced Geoffrey Lewis to sit in a corner and sulk until film-makers stopped calling his agent! It's that bad! Alan Scarfe on the other hand delivers in his role playing Nigel Griffith, an elite mobster. Phillip Chan gets his proper role in this one too! Playing the trigger-man Raymond Zhang, the Asian Tony Soprano.
It's your average appallingly bad Jean Claud Van-Damme performance.
But since when did acting ever matter when you can kick urself in the head standing straight up. I think I phoned his fight choreographer right after thinking about that and suggested they implement it into his next action sequence as a feint in which he deceives his opponents. He turned me down but I'm sure they implemented the now golden flying splits kick in which he can strike opponents to the head even though he may be five feet away from them at the moment of impact!
*Final words!* If your drunk this movie is flawless, If your not drunk, it's got about as many holes as a cannon ball riddled union jack mast!
The muscles from Brussels is as usual just OK but the film has some great villains. The one-eyed Chinese muscleman is terrific and there's even a tall brunette female baddie. She's great to look at. Not many villainesses in movies but she does a passable job. Not much story really - the VD brothers are out to kill the guy who killed their parents 25 years ago. They get help from geoffrey Lewis who was clint eastwoods sidekick in a lot of films in the 70s. Lots and lots of action and fighting only some of which makes any sense. In one scene, our hero is threatened by a giant bulldozer which forces him into a body of perfectly safe water! Next thing you know VD is ABOVE the bad guy and drops a 40 foot trailer on him! I rate the movie C+.
As much as one might believe that TWO Van Dammes in a movie should be better, it isn't. The winning formula of his previous films has been JCVD's fine martial arts coupled with support actors who CAN act. There is no actor in this movie who can act, sadly. Fortunately were graced to grow up in the 80s and enjoyed; bullying kids, pickin'on nerds, throwing things at people; and were members of gangs in jean jackets then you will probably like this film as all it has is great martial arts. By no means is the choreography as riveting or inspiring as in Bloodsport or No Retreat, No Surrender, however, it is TWO Van Dammes which makes up for a lot.
I don't see how anyone who even likes Van Damne could like this movie.
The movie actually starts out with some promise. I would say the action scenes at the beginning of the movie is excellent. The actions scenes with the family ward trying to save the twins is a great start and is good lead in to the main story. However, the film is all down hill from there.
It would have been nice if the director could have stayed with the original premise. That is the brothers are born in different parts of the world and thus learn different skills. One brother is supposed to be skilled in Martial Arts, but the other brother is supposed to be skilled in firearms. How convenient when the time arises that the brother who has never picked up a gun before all of the sudden is a great marksman, and the brother who has not been taught any martial arts is all of the sudden doing the splits and high kicks.
The plot, action, etc. are just plain ridiculous. My favorite scenes? How about when Van Damne is confronting an armed soldier with an AK-47. The soldier is about 100 yards away. Instead of aiming and shooting at Van Damne he is doing a war cry like he is wielding a battle axe and running at him. Van Damne proceeds to pick up a pistol from a fallen soldier and shoots him,...while he is still about 75 to 80 yards away.
This movie has one of the most disappointing endings. Bolo Yeung is a skilled martial artist. However, instead of choreographing a decent fight. Bolo is throwing barrels at Van Damne like Donkey Kong. Absolutely aggravating movie that had so much promise. If your a Van Damne fan, save your time and see Hard Target or one of his earlier films.
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