In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Viet Nam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through?Written by
John Hartnup <email@example.com>
I'm not a big martial-arts fanboy and I've never really gotten a lot out of Van-Damme's other movies. However, I caught this one and I have to agree that this one does stand with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon as an action classic. John Woo's first American film is probably my favorite of his (aside from Face/Off) and his talent really shines through and makes the film. The pace is tight and constantly moving and whenever the action scenes come in, their beautifully done, and helped out by a nice cajun/blues flaovored score. I really liked Chance's theme music.
The cast is perfect for this kind of movie with the ever-reliable Lance Hendrickson playing the rich-boy baddie who gets his thrills (and his cash) from hunting down and killing bums. He plays a heartless fellow in this one and he's good at it. Arnold "the mummy" Vosloo, plays his sidekick Van Cleef and delivers an equally evil performance. I guess my favorite was Wilford Brimley as Chance's uncle. The man is great.
If I can enjoy this movie enough to watch it more than a couple of times (which I have), then I'm sure that almost anyone can. It's a very admirable effort from one of Hollywood's most gifted and original directors and it is sure to please more than just fans of the genre. The only thing that may turn some people off, is the graphic violence. No, it's not quite a gore-fest, but still, some of the scenes are pretty harsh and wouldn't fare to well for the squeamish. I'm mostly talking about the "hunting" scenes.
Good stuff here, now if I could just find the unedited Laserdisc, I'd be in Heaven...
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