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Maximum Risk [VHS]


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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Zach Grenier, Paul Ben-Victor
  • Directors: Ringo Lam
  • Writers: Larry Ferguson
  • Producers: Eugene Van Varenberg, Jason Clark, Limor Diamant, Moshe Diamant, Richard G. Murphy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, EP, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004STD7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Zach Grenier, Paul Ben-Victor Directors: Ringo Lam Writers: Larry Ferguson Producers: Eugene Van Varenberg, Jason Clark, Limor Diamant, Moshe Diamant, Richard G. Murphy Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, EP, Original recording reissued, NTSC Rated: R (Restricted) Number of tapes: 1 Studio: Sony Pictures Home E VHS Release Date: June 13, 2000 Run Time: 101 minutes

Customer Reviews

Van Damme kicks plenty of...
Nathan
This is ONE "GREAT" Action Film.
John F., Warris, III
Lots of action and a good story.
L. Cambio

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "maelstrom1" on 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 By Michael Bolts on 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 By Mike Sehorn on April 23, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By Nathan on January 11, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Timotee on June 5, 2002
Format: DVD
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 By Carlos Haran on April 30, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 26, 2010
Format: DVD
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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