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Quest, the

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Roger Moore , Jean-Claude Van Damme    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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1.0 out of 5 stars A joke June 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If it's showing on TV and you want to laugh, watch it. Just don't spend any money on it.
The plot was ridiculously banal and was completely secondary to the whole thing. The movie is just a B-film action celebration, with stupid, overplayed "round one, fight!" streetfighter kinda sound effects for every geek to love and every normal person to have a ball laughing at.
Basically, fast forward to the last half an hour or forty minutes to listen to some guy announcing the different countries and to hear the gong blast before watching some silly but cool fights. I mean, they're all pretty lame because you KNOW that the obvious ending is to see the American Van Damme fight the heartless big bad behemoth, but it's always more interesting to see what happens to the OTHER fighters...
Who wins between Russia vs Spain (a great fight)? China vs Korea? Turkey vs Holland? All the fighters are portrayed as the stereotypical image of their country and it's really quite a blast. The stand-outs are the Turkish fighter (serious Ottomon savage), Chinese (monkey-acrobatics), Japanese (fat sumo), Korean (buff asian), Spanish (flamenco dancer who hits on the only chick in the film), Greek fighter (ethical) etc. Roger Moore's presence is a joke and yeah, only if it's on TV and you're bored.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme needs Moore plot! Nov. 6 2003
Format:DVD
This film wasn't too bad considering it was directed and cowritten by star Jean-Claude Van Damme. The movie starts off in the 1920's with Van Damme dressed as a clown wearing stilts working with street orphans to steal some money from gangsters. He escapes from gangsters before being chased by the police onto a ship. The next morning, out to sea, the ship owners chain up the stowaway and put him to work. Shortly after the ship is ambushed by British cavaliers, led by Roger Moore, which free him only to bring him to an island and sell him to the Mutai to be a fighter.
The movie quickly changes from an adventure story to a video-game movie the likes of Tekken. All of the best fighters in the world are invited to fight in a tournament at the Lost City for the prize of Golden Dragon and honor. The fighters are acted by real fighting champions from around the world. Each brings his own fighting style resulting in some satisfying matches which is the saving grace of the film.
This film would have been much improved with plot twists and more attention paid the the back story of Van Damme's orphaned past to gain a better appreciation of why the fighting is so important to him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for Van Damme Nov. 5 2002
Format:DVD
Jean Claude usually has some poor taste in the scripts he takes on but The Quest was actually a decent role and movie for him. As usual, Van Damme is pitted against the best fighters in the world and they are all brought to the Forbidden City in a quest to find the best.
A really good point to this movie was that it was really diverse in the martial arts in this movie. There was everything from both styles of Capoiera (Brazilian and Angola), Muay Thai kickboxing, Kung Fu and Karate and of course, how could you go wrong with the occasional brawler?
One thing that really ate as far as the movie was concerned was that there were some corny parts like how Van Damme gets left behind at "Muay Thai Island"? Why didn't they just say he gets left in Thailand, wouldn't that have sounded a little better?
Anyway, for a Van Damme movie it's pretty good and worth a rental. I wouldn't put too much hype into this one because like I said, you're not really watching this one because it's a great story or the acting is so great, it's because the action in this one speaks for itself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda... Dec 6 2001
Format:DVD
The main reason for reviewing this is simply backlog; I do enjoy Van Damme's oeuvre for the high comedies that they are, but this film really wasn't much of an improvement over 'Cyborg', which was possibly the worst film ever made (yes, that includes 'Hudson Hawk').
Prior to release, Van Damme had been going around saying it will be a pure action film, returning to his 'Bloodsport' roots. I wish. For $20 million dollars cheaper, 'Bloodsport' makes 'the Quest' look like 'Best of the Best IV'.
For starters, it's rated PG-13, so the action can't be all out--something we don't have to worry about when his films are rated 'R.' Secondly, what little fighting there is only surfaces in the last 25 minutes of the film. While as a director, Van Damme doesn't make many resolutely bone-headed mistakes, he should stay away from vanity projects like this one.
The film itself is quite boring, and while it is amusing to see Roger Moore pick up his paycheck and run (it's been a hard life since 'View to a Kill'), nothing merits buying this on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quest worth taking Jan. 11 2001
By jao
Format:VHS Tape
In "The Quest," Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this action movie about a street dweller (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who helps out kids that are on the street the best he can. He accidentally gets onboard a freight ship and travels to the Far East. Some people notice his fighting skills and he eventually gets entered in a fighting tournament that features the best fighters from various countries and continents. The fighters range from a sumo wrestler from Japan, a martial arts fighter from China who fights just like a monkey, and a monstrous and intimidating fighter from Mongolia. It's up to Van Damme to try and show everybody that he's the best fighter and have a chance at winning a huge golden dragon that goes to the fighter.
Unlike what Van Damme movies are usually known for, "The Quest" does have a good plot, and it's even directed by Van Damme himself. He should make more movies like this. "The Quest" has a plot, the fighting is exciting, and it's a good movie. I recommend anybody who likes good fighting movies to get "The Quest." You'll be glad you went along on this quest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars oh, brother (1.5/5)
i hate to say this,but this movie is dumb,even for a Van Damme
flick.the story is stupid and slow and has no flow at all. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Van Damne movie,but it was good
This movie was O.K,he fights in a competition and his friend dies by a big dude.
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Flick. One Of Van Damme's Best!
One of Van Damme's best films, quite similar to the best film to Van Damme's name 'BloodSport'. The Quest was enjoyable and suspenseful. Great fight scenes, very cool final fight. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003 by Hani
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendously funny
In my life, I've come across a few movies that were so bad, so very bad, that they entertain through sheer ridiculousness. The Quest is one such movie. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This movie was just bad. Makes all his others seem so much better. I am a huge fan of his films but this one just seemed like a c-Level movie.
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by logandog
5.0 out of 5 stars type of van-damme flick everyone will enjoy!
this is a great martial arts adventure story movie that i really enjoyed watching,roger moore is in it too, couldn't recognise him at first but he is co-starring with van-damme in... Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment..needed more work!!!
what do u get when u let a international superstar like van damme direct a movie?? A very dissapointing movie.....The story itself wasn;t that great. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by Jimmy Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE
This is a fine Van Damme movie. Once again he is pitted against the worlds greatest fighters.(This happens alot in his movies! Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real "Bloodsport 2"
Van Damme, the genius, is now the director. Yes. He has pretty much recycled "Bloodsport" and released "The Quest". Read more
Published on June 5 2002 by Timotee
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words: BRICK BRONSKY
This is actually a real good movie. I'm not really in to martial arts movies(except Bloodsport) or van damme at all. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by knick
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