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Maximum Risk (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (1996)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Natasha Henstridge  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Paul Ben-Victor, Zach Grenier, David Hemblen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AK3S3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maximum Risk (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Prepare for Maximum Van Dammage when action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme is joined by sexy newcomer Natasha Henstridge (Species) in their most explosive roles yet! Alain Moreau's (Van Damme) investigation into the death of his identical twin brother leads him from the beauty of the south of France to the mean streets of New York City and into the arms of his brother's beautiful girlfriend (Henstridge). Pursued by ruthless Russian mobsters and renegade FBI agents, the duo race against time tosolve his brother's murder and expose an international conspiracy. Sparked by the erotic chemistry between Van Damme and Henstridge, spectacular stunts, and globe-hopping adventure, MAXIMUM RISK is "vintage Van Damme" -Bob Ross, TAMPA TRIBUNE.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme's best movie December 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I am a fan of action movies, but I've found some of Van Damme's previous flicks (most notably, Knock Off), to be below average. After seeing this movie on TV, however, I was quite impressed and ended up buying it.
As with most action movies, this one features a hero (Van Damme) who has to kick some butt, aided by a beautiful girl (Natasha Henstridge). The movie starts off with a pretty good car chase, followed by lots of scenes with guns firing and martial arts sequences. The plot isn't extensive -- Van Damme's character's twin brother is killed and he now assumes his twin's identity, only to be hounded by the Russian mafia and corrupt FBI agents.
I've only seen the VHS version, so unfortunately I can't comment on the DVD sound and video quality. Nevertheless, this is a good standard action flick -- in my opinion, Van Damme's best movie (or at least it rivals Bloodsport), and I recommend it for any action movie fan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars utterly Van Damme's best October 27, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Van Damme has Derailed and went In Hell for some of his career, but this one I would say is his best, well next to Universal Soldier and Bloodsport I'd say its right up there with them. basically about Van Damme getting killed and then Van Damme coming into his brothers life. fast action and a good finale make this worth while
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I could find a penguin in a sand storm" April 23, 2011
During his glory days, Jean-Claude Van Damme was somewhat of a vehicle for Hong Kong directors wanting to break into the American film market: previously, he had saddled the freshman outings of Corey Yuen, John Woo, and later Tsui Hark. While those directors were mostly interested in what they could get out of the Muscles from Brussels in terms of guns, car chases, and karate, Ringo Lam of City on Fire and "Maximum Risk" here seemed more intent on developing Van Damme beyond his action hero image via a step into the thriller genre. Whether he was successful is a matter of opinion, but it's unquestionable that this film is one of the most mature outings from this stage in our hero's career and definitely one of his most entertaining and interesting.

The story: when French policeman Alain Moreau (Van Damme) uncovers the death of a twin brother he never knew existed, he assumes his identity to uncover the reason behind his death and his underworld connections in America.

The script by Larry Ferguson (writer of The Hunt for Red October and definitely one of the more respected people to pen a Van Damme movie) places storytelling over action setups and, in general, feels a bit smarter than the average Van Damme vehicle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damme Good Action Movie!!! January 11, 2004
By Nathan
THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF VAN DAMME'S TOP 3 MOVIES. There is plenty of action and excitement that will make you want to watch it over and over again. Natasha Henstridge is down right sexy and georgeous. She played a perfect role in this movie. The movie was well-acted and thought it deserved a 5 star. This movie is a must-own on DVD. The sound quality is great as well as the picture. *Van Damme kicks plenty of...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Maximum' Lordage June 5, 2002
By Timotee
Another twin movie, but without a twin. Yes! Van Damme gets killed at the beginning of the movie and his twin brother fills his shoes to find out why he died. Natasha Henstridge pays tribute to the immortal that is Van Damme and helps him deliver major risky business! Van Damme acts again for, the third time? It's a real exotic picture and it feels like a jacuzzi. Steamage! Van Damme fights guys all over the world in this one. You could say 'same old, same old,' but NO! This movie has a fight in a fire and in an elevator where the bad guy gets stained toes. Ouch! Cut back to the chase now, Van Damme and Henstridge make this movie work and it deserves to be purchased immediately.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of JCVD's best movies!!! April 30, 2004
This was a great flick that had action from start to finsh! If you like a lot of shootouts, car crashes, and SUPER HOT women like Natasha Henstridge then you will love this movie. The director Ringo Lam (from Replicant) does a great job with all the camera angles. The best angles were when JCVD does his shooting and the stunts were amazing. This is plain and simply a great movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ringo Lam's rock solid Western debut . . . March 26, 2010
Hong Kong action film director Ringo Lam, makes his American film debut in Maximum Risk (1996), a gritty crime drama, that mostly stays in touch with reality. Action star Jean-Claude van Damme, has a dual role playing twin brothers, Alain Moreau and Mikhail Suverov, separated as children. Mikhail, a former member of the Russian underworld, is killed while trying to escape his criminal past in the south of France. Alain, a member of the French police, was unaware that he had a twin brother, and after his investigations reveal cover-ups, arson, and a connection to New York, he borrows his brother's passport, and heads over the Atlantic, to the Big Apple.

Mistaken for his brother, Alain hooks up with Mikhail's girlfriend Alex (Natasha Henstridge), and has the local Russian mafia stirred up, gunning for him. The FBI is also in the picture, as what everyone seems to be after, is a secret list in a safe deposit box, in a bank in Nice, France. Alain looks to make peace with the Russian mafia boss, but subordinate Ivan Dzasokhov (Zach Grenier) stages his assassination and a major purge, that almost costs Alain his life. The fight scene in a sauna, is probably the most unrealistic action sequence in the film, but it is still rather entertaining. Alain escapes, but is taken into FBI custody, and forced to take part in a plot to retrieve the secret list from the bank.

The tone of Maximum Risk rarely wavers from being deadly serious. Jean-Claude plays it straight, and does not get too cute. The situations mostly stay within the limits of believability, resulting in a very tight, and credible film. The action sequences don't really go over the top, yet there is enough edginess to keep things from being too pedestrian, even by 2010 standards.
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Published 20 days ago by martin a buttkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A terrific movie to watch. Enjoyed it very much.
Published 2 months ago by Marc S Dunbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by george wong
5.0 out of 5 stars good butt kicking action and adventure
a real good non-stop action movie and i really liked it
Published 3 months ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Van Damme movie!
Its a shame when action actors like Van Damme and Seagal get older that stunt doubles are more required to take up the slack of quicker punches and moves. Read more
Published 7 months ago by phaidout66
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick to watch!
This was an old movie that I wanted to add to my collection. One of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best movies. Thanks.
Published 9 months ago by Gregory C. Ashmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift for mom
I bought this dvd as a gift for my mom, she really loved it good action movie; Blu-ray picture quality is excellent
Published 10 months ago by Caren Jeanty
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Maximum Risk with Claude voa Damme
I liked it very much and the purchase and arrival went well. The disk was in good shape and it viewed well.
Published 10 months ago by gerald mizejewski
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Damn and Henstridge are great!
Good movie with plenty of action, bad guys and Natasha adds some sexiness to the movie. Van Damn still has it and does a few moves but he's slowing down... Read more
Published 13 months ago by H. Sharrott
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a play
A lot of twist and turns to this film ,but in all a enjoyable flick to watch. Jean-Claude Van Damme did a pretty good job on this one.
Published 15 months ago by Huey
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