the beginning of the aptly named "Maximum Risk," a
solid, fast-moving action-adventure, Jean-Claude Van Damme is
running for his life through ancient, narrow streets in a town
in the South of France only to wind up dead. How can it be? The
picture has barely started and the star has been killed.
Taglines: - The Other Side of Safety
- The other side of safe.
- The nearer he gets to the truth, the closer he gets to the
Also Known As: Bloodstone & The Exchange
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, and for some sexuality and
Runtime: 100 min
We then find none other than Van Damme peering down at his own
grave. Aha! Van Damme is playing identical twins. The surviving
brother is Alain Moreau, a former French soldier and a great
marksman, who learns he had a brother only after the man dies
virtually at his doorstep. The twins' mother, played beautifully
by veteran French star Stephane Audran, confesses that as a
young woman she could not support two children and had an
attorney pick out which boy should be put up for adoption.
twin was adopted by a Soviet diplomat, who named him Mikhail and
who took him to New York, where Alain soon learns that Mikhail
became a key player in the Russian emigre underworld in
Brooklyn's Little Odessa. Alain is of course instantly plunged
into great danger, with lots of spectacular chases, martial arts
displays and a wide variety of mayhem swiftly following.
Jean Claude van Damme does some of his best acting yet,
involving us in a reflective man we'd like to have known more
about but who is convincingly transformed by what he learns of
the brother he never knew he had.
The plot has some agreements with Schwarzenegger's movie
"Total Recall": a guy in a completely unknown land,
posing as someone he is not, trying to fight bad guys and at the
same time piece things together. There is lots of action, lots
of suspense, and clever plot twists.