Double Impact

Double Impact Two Twins
Two Brothers

Ok, here we go. Jean-Claude van Damme stars as both protagonists. Two twins, separated as babies after the Triad killed their parents. One brother runs an LA-based martial arts business, while the other is a criminal in Hong Kong. Geoffrey Lewis reunites them, and together, they must commit crimes and also stop crimes and also revenge, because their parents died by murder from the Triad, and revenge happens.

Double Impact Identical Brothers
A hotdog makes him lose control.

van Damme plays Chad and Alex, two totally different twins, with different personalities and motives (and the exact same accent, despite one being raised in the US and the other in China). Critics considered this a gimmick, sticking two van Dammes into a mediocre action movie, but critics are jaded nobodies, and you should watch this movie, anyway. Commercially, it was a pretty big success, largely because movie-goers know a good movie when they see one. Van Damme actually wants to make a sequel, even though everyone forgot about this movie 50 years ago, and I hope he gets the green light. Two twin movies about two twins, Double Impact Double Feature. We have 4 Expendables movies and only 1 Double Impact. Absurd.

Double Impact If Ya Know What I Mean
Llllllllllllllllllllladies.

Bolo Yeung is in this movie, too. He goes around being Bolo Yeung at van Damme, who is going around being two van Dammes. Although the movie lacks any kind of tournament, this is probably one of van Damme’s better films. We actually watched this one on accident- out intent was to watch Double Team, a van Damme movie where he also plays Dennis Rodman, and stars alongside Micky Rourke, which sounds brilliant. Double Team is not Double Impact, but we watched it anyway. Incidentally, van Damme was in Breakin’, which spawned Breakin’s 2 Electric Boogaloo and Rappin’.

Double Impact Two van Dammes
They didn’t clone him, these are just special effects.

You want some advice? Take your fancy clothes and your black silk underwear and go back to Disneyland.

Amen to that.

Get it on Amazon.

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