Surprisingly excellent action thriller,
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This review is from: Sudden Death [DVD]  (DVD)
Despite it's cheesy appearance and B-movie cast, this is a terrifically fun action thriller. Van Damme reins in his tendency to overact compared to his normal performances and delivers a surprisingly convincing turn as an ordinary guy in a bad situation, while Powers Boothe has rarely been better as a slick and charming but devilishly villainous bad guy with a shady secret background. The action is exciting and surprisingly brutal as Boothe and his bad guys gradually infiltrate a major league ice-hockey rink and kidnap the Vice President, holding the unsuspecting stadium customers and the VP to ransom for an ungodly fee, while Van Damme just tries to kep his estranged kids safe as he tries to thwart his unwanted guests.
There are explosions and shootings aplenty, vicious hand-to-hand combat with a variety of inventive weapons, and some spectacular stunts.
Far better than you might be inclined to think it will be. My other-half, who's not much of a B-movie action fan (and only a passing Van-Damme fan), loved it. Explosive fun that's even better on a widescreen than I remember it being in the cinema.