Sorry to have missed posting a random movie last week but things have just been very busy. But let’s be honest who reading this really cares, let alone even noticed. But anyway I will just jump into it.
I have been seeing a lot of trailers for The Expendables 2 recent and I think it is safe to say that it is full of actors who when we see their name above the title of the movie, we immediately draw a conclusion of what is expected in the film. For example, Jason Statham usually plays the rarely clean shaven, tough as nails, cool, calm and collected silent type that has audiences either in love with him or appalled by the fact that he has made a career of it. People used to say the same for Jean Claude Van Damme who is also in the film. But even though he does not play the same characters Statham does, he too was labeled for taking a lot of the same roles which brings me to this week’s random movie, Sudden Death because to me this was a different movie for him.
A quick introduction to the plot of Sudden Death is as follows: Former firefighter Darren McCord (Van Damme), brings his two kids to game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals where he is working security. While performing one of his round a terrorist group takes to Vice President of the US hostage in his suite and for each period that the terrorists do not get what they want, hostages will die one of which is McCord’s daughter who fled from her seat. If the terrorists’ demands are not met by the end of the game, a series of explosives planted around the arena are set to explode. So now McCord has to foil the terrorist plans and keep the hockey audience oblivious to the dangerous situation. Here is the trailer:
Now if after reading the brief synopsis and watching the trailer you are thinking, “Hmmm… this looks a lot like Die Hard.” You are right. There is a lot and I mean a lot of similarities which is why I am a big fan of this movie. Some have called this a knock off that is just trying to capitalize on the success of Die Hard and I can completely understand that but I really do not mind that. I mean when you think about it, a lot of action movies are like other action movies which is why you should not let that bother you.
Not that I am a big Van Damme fan but this is easily my favorite movie of his. Again this may be because Sudden Death is so much like Die Hard but I also thought it was a different kind of action movie for him since it does not involve him taking his shirt off and delivering that slow-motion roadhouse kick of his while making the loud and unnecessary grunt/yell thing of his. He still has some martial art-like fight scene but nothing that will leave you thinking “where did a fire fighter learn to do that?” Plus Powers booth was a great villain and I do not follow hockey too closely but there are some recognizeable names on the ice that give the hockey game a feel of authenticity
Sudden Death is definitely a fun action movie any action fan should enjoy. I give it a 9/10. I know people call Universal Soldiers Van Damme’s best film but Sudden Death is definitely at the top of my list. Let me know what you think in the comment section below what is your favorite Van Damme film.