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A serial killer is on the loose and the only chance to catch him is to send his replicant clone out to bring him in.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme (star of Timecop and Universal Soldier) plays two roles in this surprisingly good action thriller. Replicant also stars Michael Rooker (of Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Replacement Killers) as Jake Riley, a cop who's been tracking a serial killer called "The Torch" (Van Damme). Frustrated, Riley decides to retire--and the National Security Department makes him an offer: they've cloned "The Torch" as part of a program to track down terrorists; they'll turn this replicant (Van Damme again, of course) over to Riley as a sort of test run for the program. The idea is that the replicant will slowly recall the original person's memories and lead the cops to the original. It's ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than the setup for the highly successful Face/Off, and it works just as well as the engine for an effective action flick. What makes Replicant more unusual is that the writers actually put some thought into the relationship between Riley and the replicant, which starts to mirror parent-child relationships in emotionally complex ways. Furthermore, while it's no surprise that Rooker gives a solid performance, it is surprising that Van Damme does just as good a job in both of his roles--he's perfectly creepy as the serial killer and genuinely affecting as the quickly developing replicant, projecting a mixture of innocence and turmoil. Replicant was directed by Hong Kong director Ringo Lam, the man behind Full Contact and City on Fire. He was clearly working on a limited budget, but the movie looks good, moves with lean efficiency, and has some riveting action sequences and good quality effects--the scenes where Van Damme (inevitably!) fights himself are completely convincing. A satisfying movie. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Eight deleted scenes
  • Storyboards
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent, Brandon James Olson, Pam Hyatt
  • Directors: Ringo Lam
  • Writers: Lawrence Riggins, Les Weldon
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Danny Lerner, David Dadon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Artisan Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Replicant, The" on IMDb

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By Mian Sukiman on October 25, 2001
Format: DVD
First of all, this movie should have been released theatrically instead of going straight to Video. But since the DVD is here, Van Damme's fans (and action fans) should check it out. It is far better than his last 4 or 5 films (which are very bad: Desert heat, Universal soldiers: The return, Double Team, Knock off).
The story about cloning but director Ringo Lam made this movie highly entertaining. Van Damme plays double role, one is the serial killer, the other role as his clone which created so the police can catch the serial killer. Interestingly, Michael Rooker co-stars, he also appears in other cloning movie starring Arnold (The sixth day).
The DVD is OK. Bright and clear and the sound is fine. Van Damme provided commentary tracks along with ROoker, which are quite amusing. REcommended.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme has reunited with Director Ringo Lam (Maximum Risk) for the movie "Replicant." To my surprise, this movie delivers a powerful punch and why it did not get a theatrical release in the United States is unknown. However, it deserved one. This is not the average straight to video/DVD type of movie. The production values are high and the acting by Rooker and Van Damme is very good. Actually, it is Van Damme's best performance ever and is the caliber of any action star in the "A" market today.
Van Damme plays a convincing serial Killer and Clone who is directed to track him down. Both characters are well acted. He, for once, does not over act in two roles which could have been very easy to do. Rooker plays a street cop who is obessed with catching the killer. His character is developed well for an action flick and the two pull if off nicely.
The fight scenes are terrific and the stunts are great. For action fans-this film is a must. For others, it may not be worth the purchase, but is well worth the showing. You will be entertained.
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While Jean-Claude Van Damme may be a direct to video action star now, Replicant is a surprisingly good film that should have seen time in theaters instead of other Van Damme flops like Knock Off and Double Team. The storyline, which has Van Damme doing double duty as a serial killer called The Torch and a clone of the killer, is instantly ignored as we see how surprisingly creepy and effective Van Damme is as the killer, and how naive and innocent he is as the developing clone. Michael Rooker is great as well (he always is though) as the ex-cop on the killer's trail. The action scenes are very well put together, and as I said before, the acting from Van Damme is so unbelieveably good in his dual roles that you might forgive him for films like Street Fighter and The Quest (well, maybe not), but all in all, Replicant is one of Van Damme's best, and it is a shame it has gone direct to video.
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By LoBo on April 17, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I used to see this on my DVD several years ago. I still enjoy this film. I was most impressed by Jean Claude Van Damme
portryal of the Replicant. Very good job. I also did find some stuff funny.

This doesn`t have the best or most action scenes i have seen in a Van Damme film. Marnie Alton who plays the kind
hooker was sexy. Michael Rooker who plays his nicely in my opinon.

Picture quality: 4/5

No pristine quality, but seems to have too low bitrate and contrast boosting. It wouldn`t have
hurt Lionsgate to have had higher bitrate. I hate it when studios as lazy and makes BDs with too low bitrate like this.

Audio quality: 4/5

The English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track was good. I don`t remember any flaws with it.

Film: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
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This movie is pretty ridiculous. You have to completely suspend your ability to think logically. Once you do that it becomes much more enjoyable. JCVD is awesome. I enjoy almost all of his movies. To me he is the guy that has always been overlooked. The good actor that only gets bad roles. A lot of that is his own doing. My hope is that he and John Hyams team up for a Replicant sequel. Now that would be a good movie. One where 15 years later the Replicant has completely turn into a killer. Hyams could make it dark and suspenseful.
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This is a great buy to have of Jean. What a great plot too. Going up against yourself, one good, one bad, needs Clint E. here to help out with dealing with the bad Jean. Enjoyed it tremendously and will again and again. Maybe you will too.
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I never thought I'd ever give a Van Damme movie 4 stars. I also never thought I'd see the day that Van Damme would perform as a "real" actor. Well, folks. This is the day, and this is the film. While this may only be a fluke (like Segal's UNDER SEIGE), one can always hope.
Granted, the storyline isn't much to talk about (what is it that makes Van Damme want to play two rolls?), and the premise itself is absolutely unbelievable ... still, it is not without interest, but one must keep eyes tightly closed to a few plot holes and contrivances. But believe it or not, what helped make this film interesting was Van Damme's performance (that and Ringo Lam's fast, hard-hitting direction -- he also directed Van Damme's MAXIMUM RISK).
If you're not much of a Van Damme fan, I doubt this film will change your mind. But for those of us who enjoy mindless action every now and again, this film turned into a real surprise. Between 1 and 10, REPLICANT gets a marginal 7. Happily, I got much more than I bargained for.
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