February 14, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Double Impact

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
109 minutes
performer
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cory Everson
director
Sheldon Lettich
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich
genre
Drama, Action Adventure
We gave it a D

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

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