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Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in an explosive thriller set in Hong Kong's shady manufacturing scene during the 1997 handover to China! When a shipment of jeans to the U.S. proves counterfeit, Marcus Ray, the "King of The Knock-Offs" (Van Damme) finds himself at the center of a Russian Mafia plot to hold the United States security for ransom. Thousands of tiny micro-bombs, disguised within other manufactured goods, are scheduled for departure from Hong Kong to America. When Ray's company's jeans are found to be the housing for the explosives, he's the one man the CIA can count on to prevent certain disaster! In a territory where loyalty can change hands overnight, Marcus Ray's survival will depend on him knowing the fakes from the real thing.
Having based so much of his career on the films from the region, Jean Claude Van Damme heads to Hong Kong itself for Knock Off. Set in the 72 hours running up to the British handover to China (and released a mere year after the actual event), the film's action centers around the colony's thriving bootleg business, tied in with a rather convoluted plot concerning the CIA, Russian Mafia, and an attempt to hold the United States ransom through covert attacks. The opening section unwisely tries Van Damme's hand at knockabout humor with partner Rob Schneider but merely proves that the star is severely lacking the sort of humorous touch that Arnold Schwarzenegger has so successfully utilized. Once Knock Off descends into more familiar Van Damme territory, the film--and its leading man--are on surer ground. There are a good deal of spectacular fight sequences, some amazing stunts, and a feisty female sparring partner in the form of Lela Rochen. Even the always-reliable Paul Sorvino pops up. Director Tsui Hark hits upon some interesting and initially invigorating visual effects but soon overdoes them, actually highlighting the lack of decent story rather than enhancing it. There is an incredible film to be made about this period in history but this isn't it. Knock Off is merely another undemanding, high-kicking, high-octane vehicle for Van Damme. --Phil Udell
This is not a great movie, in fact it isn't even a good movie, but for most of us it will be our only chance to see the beautiful Carman Lee in a movie! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Janste
A Van Damn classic, a movie to kick back and chill; while watching Van Damn kick A, and pretty much everything blows up, awesome.Published on August 3, 2013 by Amone Alexandar
Now I know why van Dam hasn't had a good movie in a long time. They made him look like a stupid person but he can kick. There wasn't much action. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by babydog10
My bargain-rack movie for last night was "Knock Off" starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider. It was awful. A waste of time. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Gary Peterson
If you like JCVD films, this one is a little light on the action, but makes up for it with comedy (Schneider) and all around terrible acting.
Bullseye! So bad it's good!
Van Damme plays Marcus Ray, a salesman for V SIX jeans, in the 1998's Knock Off, which also stars Rob Schneider as his business partner, Tommy Hendricks. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews
With any action film, I always adjust my expectations downward. Still, I thought this was pretty good. JCVD looked like he was having a good time (at least during the first half). Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Rosemary43
This 1998 film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in his usual role as an expert in hand-to-hand fighting, performed mostly with one's feet, but it is also a humorous film. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Israel Drazin