Sudden Death Review
October 26, 1995
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Biggest unanswered question!
Who the hell ended up winning the Stanley Cup?
Great Action Packed Thriller
I agree, this movie is good. The scale to which it goes (taking place throughout a crowded hockey arena during the Stanley Cup finals, for example) is amazing for a Van Damme movie. this movie is excellent in its scope. It’s really easy to suspend disbelief and get into the characters in the movie with the real-life hockey footage mixed in seamlessly with the action, so this ends up being one of the best (if not the best) Van Damme movies I’ve ever seen.
Can a helicopter crash in the manner depicted
did you ever hear of a concept called dramatization? it’s a common feature of filmmaking.
Yeah, I’m sure the crash was slowed down to get a shot of Powers Boothe struggling inside and JCVD watching. You know, make it more dramatic.
Idea for the film
Peter Hyams wasn’t interested in making the film when he first heard about it, thinking it was a lame idea for an action film. But Jean Claude Van Damme recruited Hyams after accepting the lead role, and Hyams liked Van Damme’s ideas for the film enough to agree to sign on as director
Are we really supose to believe that Mccord was just a fireman?
I am not saying that because he was kicking ass,but he was disarming bombs and doing all kinds of other crazy sht,in Under Siege Seagal was not just the Cook,he was a Navy Seal. Certain aspects of this movie reminded of Under Siege
I don’t think he was just a fireman (the computer record of him on the computer screen should’ve implied he was some kind of military commando, with the way he could make a bomb and dart gun out of everyday materials under severe stress, while killing a dozen people who were seasoned killers themselves).
VD as a goalie
i just didn’t know VD was such a good goalie. there’s a lot of pressure in saving a penalty shot in a tied 7th game of the stanley cup finals, not to mention terrorists abound and the building blowing up if he doesn’t make the save. i’m really surprised he pulled that one off.
Was even necessary…?
Was even necessary to make him and her woman to be divorced? I can see no reason for that
And begging too take his kids to the game.
It’s pointless but they force these tropes on you in films and TV.
At least the kids didn’t resent him and treat him like with contempt like most kids do their dad’s in media
it is a classic dramatic tool for writers.
‘the hero has to start at the lowest point in his life.’
How do you think Van Damme’s character was rewarded in the end?
I mean he saved the life of the Vice President and an arena full of people. Thats got to be worth a medal from the President at least.
He got to enjoy a cheeseburger with the president.
Daughter getting nabbed a second time.
When McCord’s son never moved from his seat I assumed Foss was going to come and kidnap him at the end, since he knew which seat he was in. Instead we got the contrived scene of the daughter recognizing Foss and getting kidnapped.
I don’t think Foss could count on the son still being in the seat after all the explosions and chaos. He probably thought the son ran with everyone else. I am sure he didn’t even think about the son at all.
It would look funny for Foss to kidnap the son after kidnapping the daughter. Or kidnapped them both and take them up to the box or the dome. They decided to stick to the girl that recognizes the stamp and the guy who kidnapped her at first.
The son’s story is also to downplay his dad as an important person but realized in the end his dad is a hero for saving everyone in the arena.
So yes, the son’s role was important. Plus that part where this dad pointed to him as a goalie was great.
How was Van Damme’s char a disgraced fireman
That little girl died in his arms in the beginning of the movie. That’s the only thing I can think of.
but I don’t think he was disgraced. He was just tramautized after failing to save the life of a child.
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RT/Meta Critic Review
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