A policeman takes his twin brother's place and inherits his problems and a beautiful girlfriend…
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 5.0/10 (8,966 voted)
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade
A policeman takes his twin brother's place and inherits his problems and a beautiful girlfriend. He is forced to kickbox his way from France to the U.S. and back while playing footsie with the FBI and Russian mafia. Not just muscles with a badge, the policeman must find the answers to some tough questions, none harder than what the heck is an accordian player doing in a sauna.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Frank Van Keeken
The nearer he gets to the truth, the closer he gets to the edge.
Release Date: 13 September 1996
Filming Locations: Future Shop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $5,611,707
(15 September 1996)
Did You Know?
It was Jean-Claude Van Damme's idea that Asian action director Ringo Lam direct this film, as his American directorial debut.
Parents always lie to their children, to prepare them for the way they'll be treated later by the government.
Good & Bad Of 'Maximum Risk'
This Jean-Claude Van Damme action vehicle gets good marks for sound,
low profanity, some very good action scenes and some interesting
characters that keep your attention. It loses marks for excessive
violence, too much "Rambo" mentality (good guys don't get hit despite a
barrage of bullets) and, yet, another modern-day film in which the FBI
This is also another of these action films that has TOO much action. It
would be better with some more lulls. It almost gets ridiculous in
spots. Nevertheless, some of the scenes such as car chases, fires and
explosions are so well-done you have to admire the great stunt work in
here. Man, those stunt men earn their money!
You would be hard-pressed to find two leads in any film with the bodies
of Van Damme and Natasha Henstridge and neither are shy about showing
them off, so you have the usual gratuitous sex scenes, but they are
brief, as is the profanity. This is a loud film. If you have good
speakers, be ready to have the room shake with lots of bass.
Overall, it's about 100 minutes of mindless but entertaining diversion.