The Quest (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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One man's search for his soul leads him on the ultimate journey. In his most spectacular adventure to date, acclaimed action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this exotic odyssey that takes him from the slums of New York to the mysterious Lost City of Tibet. Van Damme portrays a 1920s street criminal whose run from the police thrusts him into a forbidding realm of gun smugglers, pirates and an ancient, underworld martial arts competition. The legendary contest, known as the Ghan-gheng, pits the world's deadliest fighters against each other in a furious winner-take-all battle. Forced to compete, Van Damme faces the ultimate test of manhood where one wrong move could cost him not only the competition, but his life. Roger Moore co-stars in this spectacular epic that holds audiences spellbound with its ancient mystery, stunning scenery and thrilling action.
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flick.the story is stupid and slow and has no flow at all.the fight
scenes are nothing special,similar to Blood-Sport but pale in
comparison.Roger Moore is in this one,and he may be the only good thing
about this mess.and just once,is it too much to ask for Van Damme to
actually sound like his character is from the locale in the movie.his
accent never changes,no matter what nationality his character is
supposed to be.in this one He plays Christopher Dubois,a Frenchman in
New York in the mid 1920's.how about playing a character with a New York
accent?it's obvious Van Dammme never took any dialect lessons or tried
to change his accent in any way,which is what makes most of his movies
more than a bit absurd.and don't even get me started on the title.i
mean "The Quest",how original.but then again the movie has no
originality either,so i guess it's fitting that the title should follow
suit.anyway,Van Damme directed and co-wrote the story with Frank
Dux.all i can muster is 1.5/5 for Roger Moore
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by Hani
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 morePublished on Aug. 13 2003
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
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 morePublished on May 5 2003 by richard
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