Sudden Death was a good action film. The plot was simple and easy to understand..It didnt try to become something it isnt and end up confusing you. Jean-Claude Van Damme gave a strong performance and so did Powers Boothe. He was extremely convincing as "the bad guy". The movie at times is a little far fetched..but most movies are. I also thought it was very cool how Jean-Claude's character used lots of odd objects to create weapons Fire extinguisher, tube and darts ..anyway if your looking for a good action movie to watch, Sudden Death should be your choice.
Great Van Damme movie!Arguably his best! (by Movie Nuttball)
Sudden Death just might be Jean-Claude Van Damme's best movie to date along with Hard Target,Bloodsport,Lionheart,and Cyborg!Powers Boothe is great and there is always action,great fights and interesting moments in the film!The film is very satisfying and entertaining and recommend for big time action fans!
Great villain, tense, exciting action scenes and a great score. (by badfeelinganger)
Reuniting Hyams and Van Damme, director and star of Timecop, this spectacular nail-biter exploits their combined, if limited, abilities to the full.Steven Seagal had Under Siege, Wesley Snipes had Passenger 57 and Kurt Russell had Executive Decision, then it was Van Damme's second collaboration with director Peter Hyams that resulted in arguably his most accessible and mainstream movie to date. It's a classic 'everyman versus terrorists' scenario, but executed with aplomb and filled with a great sense of scale helped in no small part by Hyams' skill as a director of <more>
photography and memorable moments.Van Damme is at his butt-kicking best, with Sudden Death offering all the thrills, spills and stuff blowing up that action fans relish. Offers above-average pyrotechnics, a body count that steadily mounts, and plenty of hand-to-hand combat. The best of the many Die Hard rip-offs made during the 1990s. Sudden Death is a thrilling roller-coaster ride of hard-edged action. Fun Die Hard knockoff that uses the stadium for all its worth. The mascot fight is a highlight.A mildly satisfying high-energy romp complete with outstanding professional hockey footage and intense physical confrontations.
After the success of "Die Hard" there have been many movie clones of that great action film. There was "Die Hard on a Ship" "Under Siege" , "Die Hard on a Train" "Under Siege 2" , and "Die Hard on a Bus" "Speed" , just to name a few. "Sudden Death" can be described as either "Die Hard on the Ice", "Die Hard at a Hockey Game" or "Die Hard in an Arena". You pick. Technically you could put all three titles into this movie and it'll still be pretty much the same thing. However, <more>
"Sudden Death" is one of the better "Die Hard" clones. It's an exciting movie about terrorists taking over the Pittsburgh Civic Arena where the decisive seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks is being played. However there's a little difference here. The only people who know that hostages have taken over are the people in the VIP box which includes the Vice President , the Secret Service men outside the arena, and an arena fire marshall who's two little kids are attending the game. The 17,000-plus fans attending the game have no idea whats really going on. That fire marshall is played by Belgian action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. I've not been a big fan of Van Damme's films, but "Sudden Death" is easily his best movie to date. Van Damme plays Darren McCord, the fire marshall who finds out something's wrong when his little daughter is taken to the VIP box as a hostage after witnessing a killing. When McCord finds out what's going on, he does precisely what Bruce Willis did in "Die Hard", takes on the terrorists all by himself. The lead bad guy is portrayed by Powers Boothe in a frightening performance. He may not be quite as effective as Alan Rickman's villain in "Die Hard", but Boothe does a good job at being mean. Van Damme is also very good too especially in one scene where he poses as the Penguins goalie to hide out from the bad guys who were chasing him . He's much better here than he was in "Timecop", teaming again with "Timecop" director Peter Hyams. The action scenes are splendid both the gunplay and the action during the game , and the suspense has you on the edge. "Sudden Death" has a few silly moments here and there, but since this movie is such a good thrill ride, you won't care. This movie deserved to be a big hit at the box office and wasn't. I'll never understand why.***1/2 out of four
Sudden Death is a well made movie,it has great action sequences,pretty good acting and a very high level of entertainment.The movie starts out really well,and ends really well.Van Damme gives a great action performance,and his co-stars do as well.Great action sequences,and a high level of entertainment makes Sudden Death a must see.
Van-Damme's best action movie. (by Ken Adiv)
Van-Damme is known for acting in two film genres: Action and Martial-Arts. His best martial arts film is BloodSport, also thought to be one of the best movies of all time in it's genre. This movie - Sudden Death - is his best action film.Great action scenes, some very hilarious scenes, and great overall action and suspense make this a great action movie overall.If you like action movies, you'll love this one. If you are a Van-Damme fan, this is a must-see.9/10
A fairly decent thriller that doesn't try to get cute. (by mhasheider)
I may be one of those movie buffs who's at least willing to confess that they're not a huge admirer or fan of a certain actor or director. Jean-Claude Van Damme would be near the top of my list of actors that I only admire although I've seen a few films where he has his name is on the poster."Sudden Death" is the second film that Van Damme has starred in with photographer/director Peter Hyams "End of Days", "Timecop" is at the helm.This film was based on an actual story by Karen Baldwin and is adapted into the story by Gene Quintano.The movie takes <more>
place at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh where the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penquins are about to take the ice for the last game of the Stanley Cup finals. Van Damme's character, Darren McCord, takes his son and daughter to the game. As usual, the arena is packed with fans and the Vice President of the U.S. has come to see the game as well. Unfortunately, Joshua Foss Powers Boothe , a demented terrorist and a small band of terrorists take control of the Owner's box where the V.P. and several people. Foss demands that he wants a billion dollars and how he wants to use it puzzles me. However, at the end of each period, if his demand isn't met, Foss shoots someone and if the deal isn't done at the end of the game. The arena is blown sky high with several explosives that are set all over the arena.Boothe is good here and he makes the threat very real, which is key to making any thriller. He also shows some wit and in one particular scene, the Vice President curiously asks Foss "What kind of lunatic are you?" Foss responds - "The best kind."What draws McCord into the situation is when his daughter is taken up to the Owner's box. From there on, the movie manages to make the excitement to be interesting. One example would be the fight scenes that McCord has with a couple of thugs in the kitchen at two seperate times. Just about every prop is used from the meat slicer to the bone, which goes through one of the neck of a terrorist. Fun and yucky isn't it?The last half of the film is just about entertaining as the first half is. I'm undecided if "Sudden Death" would make the best thriller that involves a sports event and terrorists since John Frankenheimer's "Black Sunday". Van Damme and Boothe are both good here.
What a boot Die Hard on ice, eh? (by movieman_kev)
The muscles from Brussels plays Darren McCord, a divorced ex-firefighter who must contend with baddies when they, because the vice-president is taking in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finales, take a hockey arena hostage, that Darren's two kids happen to be at as well.This is one of Van Damme's more enjoyable films and even one of the better numerous Die Hard clones out there. The kids are annoying but that's pretty much the only major gripe I have about this action film. If you're a lover of the genre you'll enjoy this one, if you're a JCVD fan, you'll love it.My <more>
Highly enjoyable mid-90's Van Damme nonsense. **** out of ***** (by Celticnationalist)
SUDDEN DEATH has Jean Claude Van Damme playing Firefighter Darren Mccord, who after a personal crisis during a Fire in which he was unable to save a young girl is removed from active duty, he now works as a Fire Safety Officer and takes his kids to a Ice Hockey Game where he is working. The same night The V.P. of the USA also happens to be in attendance - but on that very night and at that very stadium a bunch of baddies led by a menacing Powers Boothe take the V.P. and his entourage hostage and it's up to Van Damme to save the day as usual.SUDDEN DEATH is ludicrous and clichéd it's <more>
an obvious Die Hard Rip off but it's enormously entertaining although it was a flop on it's original release - It opened to just $4.8M during Christmas 1995 and ended up with only just over $20M in the U.S, but it did do somewhat better internationally, taking $64M by the end of its Worldwide release and it also did relatively well on home Video.Directed and Photographed by Peter Hyams who also Directed Van Damme's 1994 Hit 'TIMECOP' and Produced by at the time the Owner of the Pittsburgh Penquin Hockey team.It's all nonsense of course, but SUDDEN DEATH is one of Van Damme's best flicks!Released by UNIVERSAL PICTURES.**** out of *****