Saturday, 17 September 2011

DVD: Double Impact




This 1991 action movie gets a DVD release in the UK on 19th September 2011 courtesy of Second Sight.


Following the murder of their parents, six month old twins Chad and Alex are separated. Chad moves to California with Uncle Frank (Geoffrey Lewis) and Alex is left at a Hong Kong orphanage.
Twenty five years later the brothers (both played by Jean – Claude Van Damme) reunite for revenge. The twins must overcome their personal differences and take on the villains, including female body-builder Cory Everson and perennial martial-arts movie bad guy Bolo Yeung.


This has stood the test of time surprisingly well. Following the recent reality show Jean – Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors (see review elsewhere here) and his upcoming turn in The Expendables 2 it’s a timely reminder of how much fun a JCVD movie can be.


Ok, the effects are outdated and the acting is cheesy but this is still a very enjoyable action movie that showcases Van Damme’s considerable skills which, hopefully, will be gracing the big screen again next year.


Ric’s Rating: 68%

13 comments:

  1. Happy to see this holds up. Gotta love Van Damme! We will be watching\posting this soon for Van Damme month.

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  2. It was a pleasant surprise Ty. Looking forward to your review.

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  3. This is classic Van Damme for me. I particular like the scene where one of the brothers is getting drunken and mistakenly envisions his twin fooling around with his girl. The acting in that scene is awful but it gives the film that "its silly but I love it anyway" kind of charm.

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  4. Hi CS, yes that was a "so bad its good" scene. Reminded me a little of the scene in Kickboxer when a drunk Van Damme gets into a Bar fight.

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  5. I haven't seen Double Impact for ages. I think my only copy of it was on VHS and that will be gathering dust somewhere. But what a great Van Damme flick, I think one of my favourites of his.

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  6. Thanks Dan, it's not up there with Universal Soldier but it is pretty good.

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  7. I think it's hilarious that you reviewed this movie and I put it on my Worst Movies Ever blogfest list! What a coincidence.

    That being said, I'm a fan of Van Damme. I liked Bloodsport and Time Cop. This one, though, not so much. ;)

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  8. This is one of my favorite Van Damme movies!

    I wish people didn't look at him as a washed up bum whose a joke now. :(

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  9. Jennifer, yep it was a surprise when I saw it on your list. I'm a fan of Bloodsport too.
    Zena, hopefully Expendables 2 will raise his credibility.

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  10. I haven't seen this in a little while, but it's tons of fun. I loved the Van Damme x 2 and the great Bolo Yeung.

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  11. Thanks Matt, yep great fun.

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  12. Universal Soldier - another good one. I do get mixed up with some of his films though - I don't know my Bloodsports from my Hard Targets. One I do like is Timecop - another I haven't seen in ages. I can't believe it but I don't have a single JCVD film on DVD!

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  13. Speaking of JCVD on DVD Dan, I actually have the film JCVD on DVD and I haven't got round to it yet !

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