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John Woo's first Hollywood feature stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, a down-and-out Cajun merchant seaman, who, after saving a young woman, Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler), from a gang of thugs on the streets of New Orleans, agrees to help her search for her father (Chuck Pfarrer), a homeless Vietnam vet. They locate local businessman Randall Poe (Elliott Keener), for whom the vet had been working, and learn that her father has become a victim of wealthy sportsman Emil Fouchon (Lance Henriksen), who, along with his cronies, hunts homeless men as a form of recreation. After… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"A disappointing American debut of the Hong Kong cult director John Woo is a decent action vehicle by standards of its star Jean-Claude Van Damme but, hampered by a B script and flat characters, it doesn't bear Woo's auteurist signature and unique vision"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Even when the acting is hammy, notably Wilford Brimley's turn as Chance's Cajun uncle, Woo stages every fight with hypnotic grace."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Though working on a Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle can be seen as a comedown for Woo, he rises to the occasion to create an often rousing entertainment that is almost inarguably Van Damme's best film to date."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A combo of American Honk Kong actioners that fails to show John Woo's distinctive talent"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It may once have been a second-rate "B" picture, but John Woo turns it into something better."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"It's what Hollywood wanted Woo for: bigger, brighter explosions."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Woo, a master of stylized violence and explosive action, has had to buy into America's fascination with explosive effects and reaction. Something gets lost in the transition."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"One of my greatest guilty pleasures."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Should have been so much better."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Van Damme's kicks and flips never looked so cool."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Presenting Mr. Van Damme as reverentially as Sergio Leone did the young Clint Eastwood, Mr. Woo displays a real aptitude for malignant mischief, which is this story's stock in trade."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Its characters are poorly-developed, the plot is the pinnacle of absurdity, and the acting, at best, is well over-the-top. Nevertheless, on the most basic, visceral level, the film succeeds."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Hysterically inept attempt at action filmmaking"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Click to read review"
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Hard target my ass."
‑ James Brundage, Filmcritic.com
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