Oh, dear. Jean-Claude Van Damme isn’t content with being the prettiest of the martial-arts movie idols. He wants to act. This kick-boxing remake of the Douglas Fairbanks Jr. swashbuckler The Corsican Brothers allows ”the Muscles From Brussels” to essay two roles: twins separated at birth who reunite 25 years later to quash their parents’ killers. How do you tell these binary biceps-bulgers apart? Their accessories, mainly: One’s a lowlife greaser who favors semiautomatic weaponry, the other’s a Valley twit with a black belt in facial rearrangement. Van Damme’s last opus, Lionheart, was unabashed about being nothing more than one long, expertly choreographed donnybrook, but Impact wastes time on talky scenes that make the Samantha/Serena episodes of Bewitched seem like special-effects masterpieces. If you want no-frills kick-boxing action, rent one of Jean-Claude’s earlier films. All you need to know about this one is that he fights himself — and loses. D
Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure; Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cory Everson; Director: Sheldon Lettich; Author: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted February 14 1992 — 12:00 AM EST
- Hootie explains how he got name-checked in 'Mo Money Mo Problems'
- 9 little-known facts about Rihanna's first album
- Faith-based drama in tight race with 'Straight Outta Compton' at box office
- Liam Payne turns 22! See his most GIF-able moments
- Venice Film Festival premiere of star-studded Martin Scorsese short canceled
- Taylor Swift teases 'Wildest Dreams' video with pic of Scott Eastwood
- Andy Samberg provides Emmys hashtags #freepizza(no)
- 'American Horror Story: Hotel' First Look: 11 EW exclusive photos
- 17 photos of people you forgot hung out at the VMAs
- 24 Movies With Great Opening Scenes
- 'Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance' Cast Photos Revealed!
- Where is the cast of 'Can't Hardly Wait' now?
- Darius Rucker, Paris Hilton, Nick & Pharrell and More!