When a kickboxing police inspector is murdered, his kickboxing twin brother infiltrates the Russian mob in order to see justice meted out--as painfully as possible. A slimmed-down Jean-Claude Van Damme is surprisingly effective as the lead(s), but the real star here is gritty Hong Kong director Ringo Lam (probably best known for City on Fire
, the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs
), who makes a lethal American debut with this hard-edged, convoluted film, which uses the identical-sibling gimmick to considerably darker effect than the goofball Double Impact
. Some incredible stunt work and a terrifically ruthless final reel make this underrated action film a winner, although fans of Species
may be somewhat disappointed that costar Natasha Henstridge never fully displays the assets that made her famous. --Andrew Wright
Jean-Claude Van Damme and sexy Natasha Henstridge team up to expose an international conspiracy in this erotic, globe-hopping adventure.