Replicant

2001

Action / Sci-Fi / Thriller

35
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 27% · 11 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 37% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.4/10 10 15810 15.8K

Director

Top cast

Jean-Claude Van Damme as Replicant / Edward Garrotte
Michael Rooker as Det. Jake Riley
Catherine Dent as Angie
Mark Brandon as Reporter #1
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
802.73 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
Seeds 3
1.95 GB
1920*1072
English 5.1
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 46 min
Seeds 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by covington_c 4 / 10

A JCVD hidden gem!

Sure, Replicant is about what you'd expect from JCVD past his prime. This str8 to vid movie is hardly deplorable... just don't expect too much. Michael Rooker was certainly a nice touch.

Reviewed by davidturgay 5 / 10

Entertaining and weird B-movie-mess

I have to admit that "Replicant" succeeded in surprising me quite a few times, which is surprising itself since I wasn't ready for any surprise in a direct-to-video-van Damme-movie. But this movie is not like your average van Damme-stupidity. In some way this is good, in another way it is not.

What I was hoping for was 90 minutes of fun that makes me laugh very loud the way "Double Team" or "Streetfighter" managed to do. I was afraid of seeing 90 minutes of boring stupid action with only few unintentional laughs, like "The Quest" or "Knock Off". "Replicant" walks on a thin line between those extremes.

Well, it is the third movie in which van Damme appears in two roles at the same time and it is a strange record for an action star. At first we see the bad guy, a serial killer with long hair who kills mothers by killing and then burning them. He does this because his mother used to call him "bad boy" and once almost burned him alive. Michael Rooker plays the cop who tries to catch the killer and the movie sometimes suggests that the killer also plays the typical "serial killer-movie game", in which the killer seems to kill just for the cop who chases him. But this is just a sidenote in the film whereas it is a major point that Rooker is very obsessed in finding the killer. Where this obsession comes from is never explained and this contributes to a lot of the weird aspects of the film.

One day after Rooker again managed NOT to catch the killer some government guys approach him and make an interesting offer. They want to clone the killer and try to catch him with the memories of the real killer in the clone's brain (that's what I think is their plan). The way the "clone"-thing is introduced must be seen to be believed. We never get the feeling that the movie plays in the future and neither the science guys nor Rooker as the cop make a big deal of simply cloning another person for an investigation. When Rooker is told about the clone idea his reaction does not exist. He simply accepts not questioning for a mili-second what is going on. Even more strange is the fact that the government guys even think of trusting Rooker to take care of the clone. And for no reason at all Rooker uses this trust by deceiving them time after time, by refusing to cooperate but these "National Security" guys never mind at all. Neither do Rooker's relatives and partners who very very rarely wonder why he has a new pet and why it looks like the serial killer everyone's looking for?

It may seem strange to go into such deep plot discussions but the movie plays so seriously that it's hard not to do. That's the weird thing here: the film only scarcely tries to go for cheap effects and shortcuts. For a van Damme movie the action is very rare and except maybe two scenes not very spectacular.

And then there is van Damme's performance as the clone. The clone, who is never referred to with any name, seems like a mixture between a retard and Jackie Chan. He hardly speaks, looks bewildered and confused but can also swing himself around pipes a dozen times, jump around like a monkey and fight like a karate dog. I'm not quite sure where he has the fighting abilities from and why they developed so much better than his thinking abilities. To say the least, it is an interesting performance but it also produces some laughs especially because of the way Rooker treats him.

Rooker has the strangest character here, being obsessed with a case for no reason, cruel to the only person who can help him and sometimes very stupid. For example when he first hunts the killer and simply lets him drive away while dozens of policemen in police cars arrive and he simply doesn't mind telling them that the killer has just been around the corner one second ago.

There are a lot of strange things in this movie but most of them work somehow and make it actually very entertaining. An action scene with an ambulance is both ridiculous and effective. A scene with the clone spending time with a prostitute is not working at all and feels contrived and unnecessary. Some things are simply unexpected, for example the cruelty of the killer when he is not actually killing. He shoots innocent bystanders for no reason and in a scene in a hospital his violence becomes comic-like when he kicks nurses and hits wheelchair patients with the ambulance. In one scene Rooker has to throw his weapon away because he is threatened to get killed and for no reason he throws it in a bucket of blood. Later the clone has to fetch it out of there. And there is a scene in the killer's apartment that questions his motivation, the logic of computers and plot and the the abilities of the clone.

"Replicant" is a B-movie, that is for sure, but in an unexpected way it is a good one, entertaining, not too much over the top and somehow still convincing. Nevertheless the final scene gets a big laugh for its unbelievable silliness both in plot logic and music choice. And why we see that picture during the end credits is beyond me. Don't expect another "Double Team" but don't expect anything else.

Reviewed by paulclaassen 6 / 10

Entertaining and satisfying.

A serial killer called The Torch terrorizes a city by killing single mothers, and torches them. In order to catch him, a secret government organization clones the killer with DNA they found.

It was interesting seeing Van Damme portraying two very different roles; that of a ruthless killer, and the clone with childlike behavior. For a guy his age, he is also incredibly agile and flexible still, boasting incredible martial arts skills.

I enjoyed the fact they showed us The Torch's background and his motivation behind the killings. Michael Rooker stars as the policeman who takes the clone into his custody, hoping to find the killer. Due to their shared DNA, the clone is able to sense who the next victim will be, and where.

'Replicant' is a fast-paced, action packed thriller. The ambulance chase scene during the finale is absolutely fantastic! The film has a simple premise and I'm glad they didn't try to over-complicate things with specifics and too much detail. This is an easy to follow, satisfying thrill ride.

Would I watch it again? Yes.

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