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Jean-Claude Van Damme proves that two cracked heads are better than one in Double Impact. Van Damme plays twins Chad and Alex, who were separated at birth when their parents were brutally murdered by members of a Hong Kong criminal cartel. Incredibly both Chad and Alex have grown up to become world-class martial arts experts. Chad is a snobbish Californian karate instructor, while Alex is a cigar-smoking smuggler in Hong Kong. The two are brought back together by the family bodyguard Frank Avery (Geoffrey Lewis) to team up to avenge their parents' murder. But stacked against them is a thoroughly nasty, over-the-top assassin named Moon (martial arts film great Bolo Yeung).~Paul Brenner
This movie is an early 90s classic. Based LOOSELY on The Corsican Brothers, it tells the story of a set of Van Damme twins separated by tragedy and re-united 25 years later to exact revenge on the people who killed their parents. Pretty standard stuff, but add some high flying kicks and gunplay and you got yourself a video store staple that still holds up.
I saw this movie in the theater when I was 10 years old, and it’s one of my favorite Van Damme movies. Right up there with Bloodsport. The best part is that this isn’t some cheap cash grab. It’s best best version of the movie, with deleted scenes, extras, and a brand new transfer. They rescanned the 35mm print. It’s the best this film has ever looked and sounded. It makes me very nostalgic. It’s a timeless Van Damme Classic.
Great movie. I would definitely recommend to family and friends.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Lower-End Early Era JCVD
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
JCVD's first action cycle came to an end around Lionheart and Double Impact, before his onscreen personal/brand has fully calcified. Lionheart is the more accessible, schmaltzy movie where Van Damme plays off a t.v. character actor as a sidekick to good results. Double Impact has him bouncing off himself in what goes on to be a reoccurring motif in his flicks (the two JCVDs). It's fine, but certainly on the lower-tier of early JCVD. MVD's Rewind Collection gives hokey but endearing late 80s/early 90s action flicks the prestige treatment. This disc looks good, the packaging is nice, and it comes with a poster. For JCVD-heads, it's still recommended.
MVD continues there reign as the provider of these 90s martial arts films. Double Impact is one of Van Damme's films that made his a superstar. He plays both characters of Alex and Chad in a film about honor and redemption. Filmed in HK it does have some funny one liners by Van Damme and him showcasing his high kicks.