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on August 24, 2001
Jean-Claude Van Damme isn't exactly known for his superb acting skills, and when NBA player Dennis Rodman enters the cast, one can safely assume that this movie will not be carrying home any accolades based on its actors' performance. Instead of talking about the plot first as reviews usually do, it's perhaps wiser to focus on the positive: the action. The fights in the movie--and there are a lot of them--are of Van Damme's past caliber. Rodman also pitches in now and then and throws a good punch or lashes out with a massive foot. The choreography is of course no match for the recent action hits like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and is 'okay' at best. Rodman's character, a shady special arms dealer, does add some brightness with his 007-esque cadre of tech gadgets. Now, the plot. It's almost non-existent, and what little of it the movie has actually bogs it down. The idea of the island is not quite so platitudinous, but still looks lame. As the story goes on it quickly becomes trite and serves up one round of groans after another. Some of the parts are downright confusing, and those scenes should be replaced with more fights. One's time and energy exhausted in trying to digest the story would be much better spent in focusing on the punches and kicks. If you decide to watch this, it's probably not a bad idea to just tone down the volume. After all, there's really not much must-know information one can learn from the dialogues, as everyone already understands that whoever Van Damme and Rodman are kicking are the baddies. -Xiao Zhu
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on January 14, 2000
Terrorist Rourke's family is killed in an attempt to "get" him; I still can't figure out if they were trying to arrest him or to kill him. The anti-terrorist team is led by Van Damme's character who's badly wounded in the operation. He's taken to a secret island-prison, called the Colony, for secret agents who've failed their mission. From there these double-O somethings can give the world their advice on terrorist attacks etc., but they cannot leave the island and everybody thinks they're dead. So everybody, even his wife, thinks Van Damme is dead - except Rourke (who seems to have got this top secret information from nowhere) who continues his personal vendetta against Van Damme by kidnapping his soon-to-give-birth wife. So, Van Damme escapes in one of the movie's best scenes and gets gunrunner Rodman to help him rescue his wife and baby.
After the escape from the Colony, the movie becomes far-fetched to the extreme. Van Damme can play this kind of role in his sleep by now - this doesn't mean he plays it well, but you weren't expecting any Gielgud style acting from him were you? Rodman's hair changes colour and design in every act; his acting capabilities are on par with Van Damme's. On the other hand, the scenery chewing Rourke (who seems to have been pumping iron for quite some time now) pulls quite a good job out of the material he has to work with. Tsui Hark, director of A Better Tomorrow 3 and the Once Upon a Time in China series, directs energetically enough but nothing can rescue this mess. Solar systems could pass through the holes in this script.
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on May 22, 2002
Van Damme and Dennis Rodman team up. Do I have to say anymore? This is garbage and I wanted a brick so badly to throw at my DVD player. I am usually upset with watching Van Damme movies, so I don't know why I put myself through this misery.
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on July 21, 2000
dissapointing van Damme movie ...mainly because of the very bad acting and irritating Rodman...not much of a good plot to it......just some nice action scenes....only for action and van Damme fans!
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on April 29, 2004
Naw, Jean-claude could have done this movie by himself. Rodman needs to stick to basketball.
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