Writer: Steve Klein, Paul Mones (Screenplay) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Frank Dux (Story)
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Jaet Gunn, Jack McGee, Aki Aleong, Abdel Qissi
Plot: Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris’ journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle on his long trek home.
Verdict: Fighting Champion minus the Intensity
Story: We all know that Jean-Claude Van Damme films are designed to show off his fighting skills and the story is not a priority. We do have a loose storyline following a man being captured, tricked but fights back with the skills he has learned. We get the world fighting champions from all over the world into battles which sadly only last a matter of seconds each time around. The support characters are very stereotyped to be known for each generic fighting style and it isn’t difficult to work out what will happen at the end. (6/10)
Jean-Claude Van Damme: Christopher the street criminal who gets captured and sold to an island for fighting only for his mission to compete in the championship becomes a reality. Typical Van Damme performance great fighting, poor dialogue. (7/10)
Roger Moore: Lord Edgar a pirate who just wants to make as much money as he can as quick as he can even if he walks all over people. Basic performance from Moore who openly says this is his least favourite role. (4/10)
James Remar: Maxie the American champion who gives up his chance to fight when he sees Christopher’s fighting technique. Good supporting performance but becomes a gloried cheerleader by the end of the film. (6/10)
Director Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme– He knows how to put some good fight sequences together but the rest he struggles to keep the attention. (6/10)
Action: The fights are good, but nothing special. (7/10)
Thriller: The fights are too short to really grab you in. (5/10)
Settings: Good generic settings created. (5/10)
Suggestion: This is for all those Van Damme fans out there not many more people will enjoy this. (Van Damme Fans)
Best Part: The fights.
Worst Part: The journey
Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight.
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $57 Million
Budget: $30 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Tagline: A lost city, A man of destiny, A test of honour.
Overall: B Class Fighting Film