Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Past editions have focused on Highlander II: The Quickening (1991),  Jack Frost (1998)Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)Turbulence (1997)Fatal Instinct (1993), and many more.

Tonight is the turn of Sudden Death (1995) – the Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie with the tagline, “action goes into over-time.”

I’m totally ready for action to go into ‘over-time!’

Now before I begin tonight’s movie I need to let you know that earlier today I was in hospital for a minor procedure; so I’m currently dosed up on medication and drifting in and out of consciousness. I feel it’s important to mention this, because if I nod off at any point during the course of the movie it might have nothing to do with the film itself.

*Clicks the play button*

2mins 30secs – Jean-Claude Van Damme is a fireman!

3mins – Oh dear, he’s a fireman who has just watched a girl die in a fire. That’s going to cause a lot of internal struggles. How will he cope?

4mins – ‘Two years later’. Oh, so the story just undertakes a time jump to get past this problem. Brilliant.

6mins 30secs – Two years on and Van Damme’s no longer a fireman. He’s also estranged from his wife, has limited access to his kids and he’s working a new (temporary job) as a fire marshal at an ice hockey arena. Wow – he’s had an interesting couple of years.

12mins – In addition to the death of a young girl, the estrangement from his wife, the limited access to his kids and his new (temporary job) as a fire marshal at an ice hockey arena, it now transpires that Van Damme is also an ex ice hockey player! Is there anything else I need to know? How is his martial arts skills? I feel this could be important.

17mins – And now there are terrorists!

17mins 30secs – The terrorist gang is being led by Powers Boothe! Powers Boothe is in this movie!

20mins – From what I’ve seen so far, this film is basically Die Hard on ice! I have no problem with this.

27mins – Powers Boothe has planted a bunch of bombs in the arena AND he’s holding the US Vice President hostage. Could this film get any more dramatic?

29mins – Meanwhile… the hockey game is still in play. Clearly nothing gets between sport – not even terrorism.

32mins 30secs – One of Van Damme’s kids has just been kidnapped. Shit is about to get real…

35mins – Oh, Van Damme is bustin’ out his moves. Nice.

38mins – I can confirm two things:

  • The action in this movie is awesome.

41mins – Van Damme is kicking ass for a second time. Whoop whoop!

42mins – Van Damme has just stabbed one of the bad guys in the throat, with a bone! Surely this kind of situation requires a bone-related quip? It’s a frickin’ bone – that’s quip gold right there!

42mins 10secs – No bone quip? Really? Can’t say I’m not a little disappointed.

50mins – All this is going on and the ice hockey match is STILL in play.

1hr 10mins – Van Damme is great in this film. I really need to watch more Van Damme movies.

1hr 19mins – Van Damme is currently posing as a goal keeper in the ice hockey match (which is still going on). I’m not sure why, as I may have slipped unconscious for a moment (due to the meds).

1hr 19mins 20secs – I’m just glad his former hockey training came in handy.1

1hr 30mins – I’m into the big finale right now… and the ice hockey match is still going on! This is some game.

1hr 32mins – Van Damme has finally disrupted the ice hockey game, which has entered the ‘sudden death’ round. I see what they did there!

1hr 34mins – Earlier in the movie, Van Damme told his son not to leave the arena, not even if the building falls down. I love the fact that all hell is breaking loose yet the son is keeping his promise to Van Damme. Probably not a wise choice, but it just goes to show he listened! This kid deserves a raise in his allowance!

1hr 40mins – An epic, if not entirely preposterous death scene for Powers Boothe. Death by slow falling helicopter.

1hr 41mins – As the movie draws to an end, the kids have regained their faith in their father. And it only took the death of multiple people to achieve this.

*Clicks stop*

That was a highly enjoyable action movie. Not in the same league as Die Hard (which it borrows heavily from), but a great watch – perfect for a Saturday night in with a takeaway and beers.

This could be the meds talking, but that was worth 100 minutes of my time. Plus, it was much better than last night’s movie – Balto!

73 movies down; 17 to go!