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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Van Dammes best
Jean Claude Van Damme reunites with Peter Hyams (Timecop) in this exciting action thriller set in a hockey stadium. The action is well choreographed and the acting is surprisingly top notch. If you like Van Damme or are a big action fan i recommend this.
Published on 3 Jan 2003 by greendaytomd

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3.0 out of 5 stars DIE HARD ON ICE?
Sudden Death delivers everything you would exspect from a Van Damme film. impressive score and excellent direction from Peter Hyams makes this one of the most underrated action films of 1995.
Published on 4 Jan 2001


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Van Dammes best, 3 Jan 2003
This review is from: Sudden Death [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Jean Claude Van Damme reunites with Peter Hyams (Timecop) in this exciting action thriller set in a hockey stadium. The action is well choreographed and the acting is surprisingly top notch. If you like Van Damme or are a big action fan i recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Up there with the best van Damme movies, 9 May 2003
This review is from: Sudden Death [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
One of my personal favourites, Jean-Claude plays a fire safety officer that resorts to extreme measures when his daughter (along with the vice president or some other such political type) is held hostage by terrorists during an ice hockey match. Powers Boothe leads the terrorists in fine ruthless style while van Damme runs around the stadium (with the hockey-watching crowd blissfully unaware they're sitting on a ticking bomb) trying his hardest to take out bad guys and defuse bombs and, hopefully, rescue his daughter before time runs out and the whole stadium goes up in smoke.
Both van Damme and Powers Boothe put on a good show for the punters - Boothe is about as evil and merciless as they come, unafraid to pop a cap in one of his hostages every time something doesn't go his way; and van Damme is... well, he's van Damme. He may not be the worlds greatest actor, but he knows a thing or two about kicking bad guys butts and he gives it his all in this movie. It's all done on a grand scale by Peter Hyams, the director responsible for The Relic, Arnie's End Of Days (both underrated films) and van Dammes Timecop, and he seems to steer things in a more realistic direction - you find yourself believing that maybe a guy like van Damme's capable of taking care of a situation like this, and you get behind him all the way.
It goes without saying there's some excellent fights featured in this movie, all boasting the usual hardcore violence we expect from our Belgian boy, and it all amounts to a couple of hours of decent fairly brainless fun. The plot's got a few twists and turns too, so you can't really ask for more than that.
The DVD is pretty basic, boasting just a trailer by way of extras, but the picture's pin sharp and the sound packs a punch as big as Jean-Claude's. Can't really ask for more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death by chicken leg......, 1 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Sudden Death [Blu-ray] [1995] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Darren McCord takes his two kids to a Pittsburgh Penguins National Hockey League play- off game.

Unbeknown to him, the sports arena has been taken over by terrorists, who are holding the Vice President of the United States, as well as many other high-ranking officials hostage.

Darren later becomes the only one who is aware of the situation. And, the stakes are raised when the terrorists announce that they will blow-up the building at the end of the game.

Therefore, Darren must not only subdue the terrorists, but postpone the game and send it to overtime.....

Oh yes, the film is silly, and full of gaping plot holes, but for heavens sake, it's a really fun movie with a really good performance from Van Damme (his relationship with his children is spot on), and Powers Boothe, looking like he's having the time of his life as the villain.

It's a shame though that the movie was released at the time it was. The Die Hard in a..... Sub genre had been way over done, and Van Damme was becoming less successful at the box office.

As well as being very funny in places, it's also quite sadistic in the fact that the terrorists literally don't care who they kill. Elderly women, Wives, and head cooks, no one is safe.

The films edited really well, and the action scenes look good and never get too over the top, despite the fact Van Damme has a fight with a giant penguin.

In my opinion it's his best film of the nineties and it never gets boring, thanks to Boothe and a great performance from Van Damme.

If you've never seen a Van Damme film and are not Into martial arts movies, this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sudden Death: Van Damme ices the bad guys, 20 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Sudden Death [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Most of this film plays out like Die Hard on ice crossed with Air Force One with hints of `Allo Allo, with Jean Claude Van Damme filling the Bruce Willis role as a rogue element running loose and trying to stop terrorists who have taken over a building and kidnapped the Vice President. In this case the building is an ice arena in the middle of a big hockey match, and Powers Booth takes on the Alan Rickman part. One character bears such an uncanny resemblance to `Allo Allo's Leclerc that, with all the French accents floating around, I thought a few reels of that great British comedy series had been spliced in.

It ticks all the right boxes, and a largely formulaic picture results, which is no bad thing. OK we know what we are getting, but it is played with a sense of fun and style that keeps it fresh and entertaining as we wind towards the inevitable conclusion. It's a decent little actioner, worth three stars, but lifted to 4 for the sight of JCVD beating a 7 foot tall apparently pregnant penguin to death in one of the more imaginative and surreal big fight sequences I have seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ice ice baby., 4 Dec 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sudden Death [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Darren McCord, a fire safety officer at a hockey stadium, takes his two kids to a major Pittsburgh Penguins game. It just so happens to be the day that extortionist/thieves kidnap the vice president and hold him hostage at the stadium, thus putting himself and his children in mortal danger.

Lets cut to the chase here, Sudden Death is a clone rip off of Die Hard, the action template movie that shines as bright as a newly formed bruise, but as copycats go {and there have been reams}, Peter Hyams' beefcake blunderbuss movie is an action junkie's delight. Jean Claude Van Damme {McCord obviously} flexes his muscles and not only beats seven bells of tar out of Powers Booth's criminal minions, he also proves to be a hero and loving father to his oblivious children. It's contrived for sure, I mean we get Jean sneaking on to the ice and taking up net minding duties, and it's certainly a script devoid of imagination. But it's got Van Damme fighting a hot kick ass babe in a penguin suit and a last fifteen minutes of high roof/dangling/swinging/exploding mayhem that does the action genre proud.

It's no Die Hard, but what genre films are? Sudden Death in spite of its contrivances, is a film that is impossible not to enjoy if you are a like minded adult. 7/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DIE HARD ON ICE?, 4 Jan 2001
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Sudden Death delivers everything you would exspect from a Van Damme film. impressive score and excellent direction from Peter Hyams makes this one of the most underrated action films of 1995.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great packaging and service to get the item to me ..., 2 July 2014
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This review is from: Sudden Death [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
great packaging and service to get the item to me asap very happy about this products so I can be sure to recommend to all my friends A++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 April 2014
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This review is from: Sudden Death [Blu-ray] [1995] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
good product. on-time delivery. seamlessly trade, thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, 6 April 2014
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Chris Willoughby (Pontefract, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sudden Death [Blu-ray] [1995] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes van damme films
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best Van Damme movie ever made!!.., 19 Mar 2014
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Jean Claude seems to have made it just right with this Epic Iceskate Rink movie that leaves you holding your breath from beginning to the very end.

Ok, so there are some of the bad Guys in the movie who were acting poorly and the storyline is stretched at times to hold the suspence for the viewers up until the point of being a bit dull.

But Jean Claude Van Damme kicks his way through the movie with well executed punchlines, excellent combat scenes and the overall plot seems to hold the viewers in its grasp from start to finish.

If this doesn't take your fancy than Watch my second favorite Van Damme movie, TIMECOP

Well done!!...
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