Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Sudden Death… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Sudden Death (1995)
The early 90s were a very good for Van Damme, He had a lot of success with his martial arts movies from the late 80s such as Bloodsport and Kickboxer and started getting more attention from Hollywood. After the success of Universal Solider he began to star in more big budget features. In the mid 90s Van Damme was at the height of his career, starring in the successful Timecop the critically panned but still profitable Street Fighter The Movie. In 1995 he starred in Sudden Death directed by Peter Hyams who directed him a year earlier in Timecop. Sudden Death was one of the many Die Hard clones. After the huge success of Die Hard many studios wanted similar action movies, so what we got was Under Siege, Passenger 57, Speed and Air Force One to name but a few and obviously Sudden Death. Van Damme fans often regard this as one of their favourites even though he does less fighting in this movie, the plot is strong enough to keep any hardcore Van Damme interested.
Does it still hold up and is it a decent Die Hard clone?. Lets find out!