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  • Summary: Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in an explosive thriller set in Hong Kong's shady manufacturing scene during the 1997 handover to China. (Sony)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. It's fast, light and funny and not top-heavy with special effects and epic-scale destruction.
  2. 70
    Though the jokey lines seem out of place, the somber tone of this 1998 action movie makes the political subtext -- nearly obscured by the expected double crosses, extravagant destruction, and incongruous-buddies shtick -- more sincere and less grandiose than usual.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Working from a formulaic script by Steven E. De Souza, Hark employs a variety of visual stratagems to keep the action fast and flashy.
  4. In essence, the whole Knock Off experience can be summed up neatly in four words: loud, stupid, blurry, frenetic.
  5. 30
    Hong Kong action pioneer Tsui Hark is in high form here, tricking out the bare-bones story with disorienting camera angles, trick photography and virtuoso action sequences.
  6. The ridiculous complications might have worked if there had been an awareness of how absurd they are.
  7. 0
    It's amazing how boring an action movie can be when there's absolutely no point to all of the sound and fury.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    2
    I seriously can not remember much about the film apart from there are lots of explosions and Rob Schneider's in there some were. (at least 150I seriously can not remember much about the film apart from there are lots of explosions and Rob Schneider's in there some were. (at least 150 characters) Expand
  2. JohnW.
    Dec 15, 2005
    1
    SPOILER ALERT!!! I have only two words to say about this movie: Exploding Pants.

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