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Maximum Risk (1996)

A policeman finds out that he had a twin brother who was killed in a violent altercation. He takes his twin brother's place, inheriting his problems and his girlfriend, determined to expose... See full summary »

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A policeman finds out that he had a twin brother who was killed in a violent altercation. He takes his twin brother's place, inheriting his problems and his girlfriend, determined to expose corruption and collusion between the FBI and the Russian mafia. Written by Anonymous

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The nearer he gets to the truth, the closer he gets to the edge. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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13 September 1996 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,611,707 (USA) (13 September 1996)

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$14,095,303 (USA) (18 October 1996)
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Ringo Lam, an Asian movie director, directed this, as his American debut. John Woo, also an Asian director had an American debut film, Hard Target (1993). Both starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. See more »

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Sebastien: Parents always lie to their children, to prepare them for the way they'll be treated later by the government.
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Under The Oak Tree
Performed by Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble (as The Red Army Ensemble)
Conducted by Boris Alexander
Courtesy of Essex Entertainment, Inc.
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Decent US Debut for Ringo Lam.
24 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

French Cop,Alain(Jean Claude Van-Damme)one day finds out he had a twin Brother,travels to America to find answers about who he was,and who murdered him.Running afoul of the Russian Mob,a Brian Bosworth Looking Hit-man,and crooked FBI agents along the way in New York.He also finds himself Protecting/falling in love with the dead bro's squeeze played by Natasha Henstridge.All leading up to a big shoot out in an abandoned Wherehouse...Sorta.This is not your usual Van Damme movie.

Matured Van Damme?Yep.

For starters Maximum risk is helmed by Asian-action-man,Ringo Lam.He gives the movie a lot of atmosphere and style.The fight scenes are realistic,gritty,and for the most part brutal.Notice Van Damme goes for the Jugular here.Breaking bones as well as high flying kicks. The gunfights are staged well.Some good chases.And a nice scene involving a chainsaw.

The scenery is worth it too.We start out in warm,beautiful,summertime France to Dead of winter, smelly, New York city.I think its a nice contrast arc on the story.

Lam gets one of the very best acting gigs outta Van Damme Yet.He is at his darkest and most volatile here.Natasha Henstridge is kinda wasted to anything but eye candy.Zach Grenier and Paul Ben Victor are just okay as the bad guys calling the shots.Trouble is they are not really a physical threat for Van Damme.Stefanos Miltsakais as Redface fits this bill very well.His 3 confrontations with Alain are worthwhile.although its get to be a little tedious bordering on parody.

This would probably be the best Van Damme movie if it were not for the slow pace and excessive dialog,which does serve a purpose.Its just we get some flashy action.Then 15 minutes go by leaving us wanting more.Then it starts up again.Brake.Gas.Brake.Gas.

The gunfights are good,but It seems Ringo was holding back a little from his usual trademark stuff to pacify the suits behind the scenes.

If your looking for the usual from JC,then go watch the Quest.This is a much more complex,adult-themed movie.


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