Double Impact isn’t top-shelf Jean-Claude Van Damme, though compared with his action-hero counterparts like Schwarzenegger and Stallone, had the briefest of careers, but his films are a lot of fun and this was no exception.
Lionheart is a film with the right mixture of cheese and genuine entertainment and was one of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s breakout role. Although his acting still wasn’t great (seemed to get better the more major roles he received), I still enjoyed the film in spite of the flaws.
The 9 Lives Movie Collection is the usual cheap release put out by Mill Creek mostly recycling Sony movies they have the rights for and probably were part of a collection in the past. Considering the movies here, you’re really not getting high quality work but some entertaining flicks mixed in with some bad ones
Kickboxer: Vengeance is not exactly the great follow-up to the 1989 classic but at least Jean-Claude Van Damme is back and his appearance alone might make it a worthwhile watch, but otherwise the film is filled with bad acting, terrible dialogue and even the fight sequences are uninspiring.
Kung Fu Panda is perhaps one of the better franchises outside of the Pixar/Disney brand and certainly well above the likes of Madagascar and Ice Age. Still, as family friendly as this third entry is, to go along with a positive message, I wasn’t nearly as entertained though admittedly I found the first two to be merely above average fare anyway.
Pound of Flesh could’ve been a fun B-movie but instead it’s yet another in the long line of crappy direct-to-video movies that will in all likelihood end up in the cheap bin at Wal-Mart, Big Lots or your local bargain store. Jean-Claude Van Damme still has some energy to him but when the screenplay is thin on story and production values that are borderline laughable, it’s hard to overcome those obstacles.
Enemies Closer often times can be one of those so bad it’s good flicks but only when Van Damme and his striking hairdo is on camera and appearing to have been in a new restaurant. Other than that, the film is mostly forgettable that no doubt will find a home on USA Network.
That’s right folks, we’ve got another DTV in our midst this time it marks the returns of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Here is the trailer for your amusement.