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Replicant (2001)

Replicant (2001)

Jean-Claude Van Damme and tough guy Michael Rooker play psycho and cop in this looks-like-it's-still-the-nineties action thriller. There's a pretty memorable Ambulance chase scene in a hospital parking lot, and some brutal but good budget violence, but otherwise it doesn't stand apart that much from other movies. I realize this because I realized I'd seen the movie before, though I confused it with The Watcher in the fiery introduction it all starts with. Nevertheless, it's not a bad movie if you like action.

JCVD plays two roles: himself (the psycho) and his clone: a newborn human: a pure and innocent victim to his violent surroundings - amongst them officer Jake (Rooker) whom he's meant to help bring in his other violent counterpart, and who at first relieves some pent up anger against the psycho on this unwilling look-alike. Their bond grows, however, even if when it's all over... I feel there could've been an even stronger connection in the script.

The encounters between Jean-Claude Van Damme and himself are impressively real, angled just the way they need to be to make it believable, always looking over a stunt-double's shoulder at either one of JCVD's aliases as the fights progress. Fights are brutal, and the directing creatively gritty, taking place in a variation of industrial locales, apartment and office quarters. It's a good thriller, with action. No more no less.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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