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Replicant (2001)

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Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.

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Ringo Lam

Writers:

Lawrence Riggins (as Lawrence David Riggins), Les Weldon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Replicant / Edward Garrotte
Michael Rooker ... Det. Jake Riley
Catherine Dent ... Angie
Brandon James Olson Brandon James Olson ... Danny
Pam Hyatt Pam Hyatt ... Mrs. Riley
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Stan Reisman
Allan Gray ... Roarke
James Hutson ... Snotty Concierge
Jayme Knox Jayme Knox ... Wendy Wyckham
Paul McGillion ... Captain
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly ... Chris
Peter Flemming Peter Flemming ... Paul
Margaret Ryan Margaret Ryan ... Gwendolyn
Marnie Alton ... Hooker
Lillian Carlson ... Nurse
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Storyline

Jake Riley is working on the "Torch" case, a psycho serial killer, who kills women with kids and sets them on fire after they are dead. The killer calls Riley sometimes and now, that Riley retires, the killer has no person to play against anymore. The NSA comes into play here and offers a job to Riley. A replicant, or better a clone of the killer should help him find the real one, as kind of test if it works out. Now Riley is back on track, with a clone of the killer at his hand on the way to discover that nobody is born as murderer. Written by Christian Riesen

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He just became his own worst enemy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Replikant See more »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Replicant's clothes when leaving the secluded mountain lab appear to be borrowed from Ernest P Worrall. See more »

Goofs

As the Replicant escapes the car to warn the officers and Jake of the dangers in the Torch's apartment, he is carrying the bar attached to his handcuffs. However, when he is shown walking out of the building after the explosion, the bar and the cuffs are both gone. Then the cuffs re-appear moments later as the Replicant chases the Torch down the street. See more »

Quotes

Replicant: Calm the fuck down!
The Torch: No more phone calls.
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References Hard Boiled (1992) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by D. Francis, Garry Cain, Jerome Kanhi, Kevin McKenzie
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Encountering Self
14 June 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I think there is a Zen of encountering movies, not unlike encountering people. You need to get beyond the fact that they are incompetent at carrying who they are and dig into the essence of the person.

Art is all in the carrying, I think so you might find yourself admiring something that is incompetent, unartful, even repellently stupid if it has an engaging heart.

This disaster of a movie has an interesting kernel I think. It is only a disaster because the director and support crew thought that its center was in the thud of flesh between two brutes, a simple serial killer and a simpler cop. But you the viewer have the power to relocate that center to the encounter with self.

(For those who don't know the story, evil killer exists. Shadowy federal agency makes a clone and lends it to the discalced cop who is on the case. The cone has "memories" that are used to track the killer. The clone "grows")

Set aside the bizarre notion of the US government fighting terrorists by making more of them from scratch. (Insert your own political commentary here.) And set aside the notion that memories convey by genetics. The cool idea here, something like in "Faceoff" or "Purple Rose" or "Last Action Hero," or even "Thirteenth Floor." is that a personal stumbling through life has his stumbles fabricated from blows from the world, but has the ability to see them from the outside.

Encountering self is an old idea... in film and literature, and much deeper and more clever notions have been spun than this. But this ain't bad, at least in theory. And for my taste Van Damme is no worse than Li or Arnie and unless you get a real actor everyone else is roughly as good.

If they could just have more Schrader and less Harlin.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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