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original title: Maximum Risk
duration: 1h 41min
tags: The Other Side of Safety.
keywords: fbi, twin, mafia, russianmafia, fbiagent, newyork, murder, france, ontherun, nicefrance, russiangangster, fire, explosion, funeral, nightclub, police, death, strangulation, policeofficerkilled, blood,
What makes "Maximum Risk" so great and highly entertaining is that director Ringo Lam, who is a veteran of the Hong Kong action films like John Woo, never lets the characters become predictable. Also notable are the stunts and some of the car chases aren't only wild, it's clever, too. It's nice to see that Van Damme doesn't have to carry the film by himself and has a reliable international cast to back up. Van Damme gives, without a single doubt, his best performance here and that's not an understatement. It's the truth. Alain Moreau is a cop in France who cannot believe his eyes when a murder victim is the spitting image of him. He confronts his mother and learns that she had had twins but had to give one of them up. Wanting to solve the murder of his estranged twin, Alain follows a trail that leads him to a New York that is cold and full of snow and finds himself sucked into his brother's world where he finds himself with his brother's beautiful girlfriend all over him. However Alain also inherits his brother's problems some of which include Russian gangsters who want to kill him.
This film wastes no time in getting the plot established and flying Alain into his first fight as quickly as possible and I can understand why this was the case. The plot is thin to say the least and it is best not to apply too much logic to any of it because the whole thing is an excuse for Van Damme to just do the things in this film that he does in all his films. This includes speaking in a strange accent, being naked with a beautiful female co-star and kicking people in lots of exciting ways. All these boxes are ticked here and as such it does what you would expect from a Van Damme film and it will depend on the individual viewer whether or not that gets you interested or sees you running the opposite direction. For me it is somewhere in the middle because I accept the bad and in return veg out in front of a dumb action movie. The plot gets no better and every time it needs to add story to create more action you can almost see it straining with the effort.
The action is mostly pretty good although it was a bit disappointing to see how Ringo Lam had toned down the style for his first American film; only here and there did the film get close to the mayhem in the action that he is known for. Van Damme is quite good though, for course he is a clunky actor and here he seems to have had his charisma filtered out but in the action sequences he is a marvel