"After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. With enough twists and turns, Kill 'Em All will keep you guessing until the final bullet is fired!" That is the official description for Kill 'Em All, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
It used to be that when you heard the name Jean-Claude Van Damme, you knew that you could look forward to a great flick with plenty of martial arts action and a pretty good story as well. Unfortunately, that's not the case these days and Kill 'Em All illustrates this point all too well. It's possible that the script for this film could have been turned into something enjoyable, but the acting and overall production are just not up to the standards of a feature film.
The one likeable aspect of Kill 'Em All is that there is quite a bit of action and you do get to see Van Damme display some of his signature martial arts moves. Then again, he's not quite as spry as he used to be and it does show a bit. I don't know for certain, but it looked like he may have even used a stunt double for some of the fighting scenes.
The Blu-ray edition of Kill 'Em All provides a 1080p AVC encode and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio with a picture that is technically fine except for a bit of picture noise. Otherwise, the detail is good with vibrant colors and tones. For audio, the film includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track with clean and clear dialogue and a decent soundtrack that supports the action well enough.
As I've said before about other films of similar quality, Kill 'Em All is a B-movie at best and at times it looks like it was made for TV. It's sad to see some of the great action stars of yesterday struggle to find a decent script. Unfortunately, for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kill 'Em All won't help him get back into the big leagues.
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