Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz! I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Tiger Kicking” with a minor in “Actor Dennis Rodman”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
This week we’re posting the speeches from the Double Damme Feature of July 2013! First up is Double Team!
When the nation’s top counter-terrorist, Jack Quinn misses his target–the dangerous, enigmatic terrorist Stavros – and loses everything and finds himself in the Colony, prison-like think tank for spies who are too dangerous to roam the world, but too valuable to be killed. In order to protect his family from Stavros’ lethal vengeance Jack Quinn must escape the Colony and find the one man who can put him back in the game–the flamboyant but no less deadly weapons specialist Yaz. Jack Quinn usually works alone, but this job deserves a Double Team!
Released in 1997 and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, and Mickey Rourke, Double Team screams B-Action flick with every fiber of its being, but is directed by Hark Tsui, who is known mainly for writing, directing, and producing low to mid budget Kung-Fu movies including the lauded Once Upon a Time in China series. Hark Tsui is a big name in the Chinese film industry but for some strange reason in the mid nineties he attached himself to Jean-Claude Van Damme for two outrageous films: Double Team in 1997, and Knock Off in 1998. Both of these films are now Supercult classics and feature some of the most ridiculous action ever put to film. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung was brought in as Special Action Choreographer to help with the fight scenes that worked on everything from Enter the Dragon to Ip Man. In Double Team Jean-Claude Van Damme kicks a tiger in the face to protect a baby! That’s just plain genius, people, pure and simple!
Does that mean that this movie is actually an awesome movie disguised as a horrible piece of crap? Hell no!
For those who don’t know, the Golden Raspberry Award, or Razzie for short, Is an award presentation in recognition of the worst in film. A critical and commercial failure, Double Team was nominated for and “won” not one, not two, but three Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Supporting Actor (Rodman), Worst New Star (also Rodman) and Worst Screen Couple (Rodman and Van Damme).
Double Team was a fantastic failure raking in just $11 million from a budget of $30 million. With an IMDB score of 4.6 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 11%, what more do we really need to say?
How about the fact that despite the tiger kicking this movie also sports bombs in the shape of babies, a plethora of hilarious costumes and hairstyles, especially from Rodman, more nonsensical one-liners than you can shake a stick at, out-of-place basketball references including air-balls and repeated references to Offense and Defense, and a healthy dose of Coca-Cola product placement. Also, for those of you who love the scream game we’ve got explosions, deaths, slow motion, and even the oh-so-rare Dove shot!
So it’s not an awesome movie…it’s an incredibly underrated piece of crap. You might even go so far as to call it “so bad it’s good!”
The Van Damage starts now as we kick off the first in our Double Damme Feature!
The Supercult show is proud to present Double Team!