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Sudden Death [DVD] [1996]

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry, Whittni Wright, Ross Malinger
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Gene Quintano, Karen Elise Baldwin
  • Producers: Anders P. Jensen, Ash R. Shah, Deborah Lee, Howard Baldwin, Jack Frost Sanders
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZTP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,186 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme) must rescue his little girl from terrorists who have interrupted the Stanley Cup ice hockey final. The bad guys threaten to blow everybody up unless they get a billion dollars from the treasury by the end of the game. McCord has his work cut out if he's going to stop the explosion and retrieve his child before that final buzzer.

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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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I am always harping on about the mostly crap baddies we have these days in films, not in real life I might add. We have had enough of thoughs swinehunds at the BBC who are either dead or now having a one on one with Mr Big in the showers! What decent movie villains have we had recently hey? I would say Leonardo Dicaprio in Django Unchained, Jean Claude Van Damne in Expendables 2, Mel Gibson in Expendables 3 and The Dark Knight Rises villans. Apart from that where have they gone? You must remember the days of Cohagan and Rictor in Total Recall and Bob Mortimer and Boddicar from Robocop. We had bad mother f***ers coming out of our ears. Now what we get is bad imitations that are not threatening in the slightest.

What I am pleased to report is that with Sudden Death DOES have a very credible baddie in the form of Powers Boothe. Yes I know this film was made in 1995 but I had forgotten just how good it was. I had not seen it for a while but the other other night I had a JCVD double bill night with Nowhere To Run and Sudden Death. Both films are s**t hot in my book (see my other reviews). The baddie in Sudden Death is vindictive and nasty and has no issues with murdering innocent folk at the drop of hat. He has an elderly woman held at gun point and murdered and shoots her husband afterwards stating he would have been lonely without her and he will send a card. We need more baddies like this.

The fight scenes are nothing to complain about either. JCVD even users a chicken drum stick bone to stab someone to death in the neck. He scolds people with cooking fat and users kitchen untelciles as weapons. Sounds like a good cooking show to me. Mind you, anything is better than f**king food shows.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2011
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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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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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