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Time Out says

More than just another action director, Tsui Hark is one of world cinema's great fantasists, with The Butterfly Murders and Once Upon a Time in China among his many credits. But this is rubbish: an incoherent James Bond-ish yarn distinguished only by its formal decadence and the presence of basketball's Dennis Rodman. He looks like a punk, but has a disarmingly fey, debonair manner which gives his scenes a fillip. In contrast, Van Damme is puny and square as a CIA operative press-ganged into The Colony, a secret think-tank for 'retired' international agents. After that, the film-makers can't think of anything more interesting for him to do than the rescue of wife and new-born child from the clutches of villain Stavros (Rourke). Directing on autopilot-gone-haywire, Tsui rips off that old HK gag of the shoot-out in a baby ward, throws in a tiger for the gladiatorial climax, and blows up the Coliseum as an afterthought.
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Release details

UK release:

1997

Duration:

93 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Tsui Hark

Cast:

Natacha Lindinger, Mickey Rourke, Paul Freeman, Dennis Rodman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valeria Cavalli

Music:

Gary Chang

Production Designer:

Marek Dobrowolski

Editor:

Bill Pankow

Cinematography:

Peter Pau

Screenwriter:

Paul Mones, Don Jakoby

Producer:

Moshe Diamant

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