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"Double Team"

by Leslie Rigoulot

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Can you imagine being the producer of "Double Team"? Knowing that you have three international bad boys you have to get in front of the camera? I don't just mean they play bad boys, I mean bad boys. Jean-Claude Van Damme is the world's biggest flirt and major kickboxing actor. Mickey Rourke used to be an actor who now fancies himself a boxer. This guy has trashed more hotels than the old Van Halen. And then there is Dennis Rodman, the NBA's rebounder champ and fashion aberration. Can you imagine trying to book these guys into a hotel? But producer Moshe Diamant, who has worked with Van Damme previously on "Timecop" and five other action movies, knew what he was getting into. He pulled in Hong Kong director Tsui Hark who has made a name for himself in action movies such as "Once Upon A Time In China". Hark kept them all so busy jumping through the action hoops that, as Rourke put it, "I haven't had a chance to get bored on this movie because they're working me like a horse." And we wouldn't want Mickey to get bored.

The end result certainly won't bore anyone either. Van Damme is a super spy called in for one last job that lands him in Rourke's cross-hairs and on a secluded island. Escaping from the island prison filled with other top spies, Van Damme turns to Rodman, an arms dealer, for help in rescuing his pregnant wife. Shot in non-stop MTV style, "Double Team" doesn't give anyone the time to breathe, much less reflect. Which is just as well since there isn't much to reflect on, unless it is the visual style created by the international crew. Trust me, this is going to make a lot of money in the States and with a little dubbing, it will make even more abroad. And that is what Hollywood is all about. Rated R. Columbia

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