Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.
Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.
Le clone, レプリカント, Replikant, Replicant (Director's Cut), 克隆杀手, 复制杀人魔, Двійник, Replicante, A Réplica, The Replicant, Репликант, 리플리컨트
This film takes several bizarre elements, smashes them all together, and somehow ends up being an entertaining film. The plot focuses on a serial killer who kills women before burning their corpses. All attempts to catch him have failed, so the authorities take the only sensible step - cloning the killer from a strand of his hair, and then teaming the clone up with the cop who has failed to catch the killer all these years. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in a dual role - as a leather jacket wearing serial killer and a scruffy simpleton. It's a weird pair of performances! Starring opposite is Michael Rooker, who is pretty great as the central cop. The film is more psychological…
After failing to connect with Ringo Lam's other JCVD film - Maximum Risk, I was really worried that I wouldn't like Replicant either. Thankfully, I worried needlessly.
There were a few things I picked up on that wouldn't ever have the chance to make it into an action film made within the realm of Hollywood, and they are: evil JCVD emptying a clip into the corpse of an elderly woman, brutally kicking a young, attractive, white/blonde single mom in the face and then setting her on fire, and dry humping a sex worker's leg to the point of climax and then showing a wet spot on the front of his sweatpants (did the makeup department add that..or...?)...
Replicant is far…
Only qualm about this film: no one ever says "are you a repliCAN or a repliCANT?" at any point.
I would have loved to see the face of the Friday Night Renter sitting down to watch REPLICANT hoping for another VAN DAMME VS. VAN DAMME action romp and being confronted with Ringo Lam’s version of SEVEN meets Truffaut’s THE WILD CHILD - with the second Van Damme being portrayed as a dog-like man who is slowly discovering the ways of the world. Props to Ringo for getting a script that was described as a comedy and yelling “Nope! I’m taking all of the funny bits out!”. The 90s serial killer stuff is tired, but Michael Rooker does his gruff barky thing as the lead, and I always enjoy JCVD using his physicality in odd ways. The man’s a great…
"My body is your body, my mind is your mind, my life is your life" -Garroutte,
Entertaining and dumb... all aboard.
We have Michael Rooker and Jean-Claude Van Damme acting head to head for nearly 2 hours and I'm about to pass out. This is, without a doubt, one of the dumbest premises to a film that I have ever seen. Why aren't you more excited? This is a movie where the government decides to genetically replicate a serial killer in order to help them catch the same serial killer. How will he help you ask? "Genetic memory has been scientifically proven" is the answer and that's all you need to know... the clone will just sense how to stop…
I can see people being put off by the ridiculousness of the plot but for me that's part of what makes this an honest-to-God masterpiece. Usually for a story this weird you sacrifice a little bit of polish in other areas, but director Ringo Lam is at the top of his action game, delivering lively and exciting action sequences to go along with the batshit narrative. And Van Damme delivers a genuinely soulful performance as the serial killer's sweet and innocent clone - when his eyes well up with tears at the violence around him I really feel it, man.
---See where this lands on my JCVD ratings list---
Oh my God, have you heard of this movie? I can't believe it took me 17 years to find it. More people should watch this movie.
JCVD....a bad guy, continues to be a murderer because Michael Rooker made fun of him on TV. But they replicate JCVD, birth him, and then Rook has to be his own enemy's clone's dad in order to try to catch Evil JCVD...Yep, that's the plot. And then it gets weirder.
I don't think I can give full justice to how crazy this plot is and how little sense it makes. The way that they explain replicant JCVD's ability to be great at gynastics and…
This is a Buster Keaton movie.
I can’t emphasize enough how bonkers this plot is. Cop Michael Rooker, in order to defeat evil serial killer JCVD, raises a clone JCVD so that he can pick his brain Silence of the Lambs style. Only it’s an action movie, and directed by Ringo Lam! Lam just asked John Woo’s Face/Off to hold his beer.
Things I wasn’t expecting:
1. Evil JCVD looks just like Tommy Wiseau from the Room.
2. JCVD suffering from premature ejaculation and eating dog food.
3. Michael Rooker is the hero but also a colossal asshole and the worst father figure.
4. Apparently when the Feds create a clone, they can just throw a little telepathy in there. Like an extra donut.
5. The action is mostly so-so, but there is some really impressive stunt work during ambulance parking garage chase scene.
"Be afraid, Jake. Be very afraid." (what is this, The Fly?) - Edward Garrotte aka The Torch aka Luc Sevard
"You're a bad boy, Luc Sevard." - The Replicant aka Genetic Double
Van Damme shows his naked butt again.
Van Damme plays a serial killer who kills what he thinks are bad mommies. The National Security Force clones Van Damme so they can learn from the clone the killer's next targets and stop him. Michael Rooker plays detective Jake Riley who is assigned with looking after the clone.
Rooker is pretty great as the no-nonsense, hard-ass cop. Van Damme gets to play a bit of the fish-out-of-water game as the clone, which isn't really funny but alright nonetheless. As the…
deeply ashamed for writing this off back in 2001, but I was fifteen so what did I know - probably the best thing JCVD did in the 2000s and the closest to predicting the transcendent nature of Day of Reckoning (which wouldn't even release for over a decade later); wild how Lam just disregards all notion of genre or intended audience for something that is equal parts police procedural, serial killer thriller, buddy movie, and a warped coming-of-age narrative - and it all works, even (or maybe especially), the climactic Van Damme vs Van Damme showdown which is likely what people, including my fifteen year old self, paid for in the first place
the two jean-claudes should fuck redux
it's like dark multiplicity (my fav movie) if the michael keatons murdered women cuz of their mommy issues but also cut out all the middlemen and just jumped straight to the idiot clone. come on up, i'm spitting on bugs! there's lots to like about this: michael rooker violently undressing jean claude down to his lil tighty whities, jean claude eating dog kibble from a dog's bowl, jean claude playing with toilet paper like a cat (multiple times), bad jc’s yellow tint sunglasses and greasy wet wig, idiot jc’s platform sneakers (cannot confirm their skecherocity), dumb clone jc wandering to the red light district and promptly cumming in his sweats only to kick the…
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Wat is dat toch met Ringo Lam en zijn fascinaties voor dubbelrollen? Dit is nu de derde film die ik van hem zie en het is de derde keer dat hij besluit om zijn hoofdacteur een dubbelrol te laten spelen. Jackie Chan deed het in Twin Dragons en Jean-Claude Van Damme deed hetzelfde in Maximum Risk. Beide films kregen van mijn kant 2* dus ik moest bekennen dat ik er niet enorm hard naar uitkeek wanneer Lam hetzelfde trucje ging bovenhalen.
Zoals het spreekwoord echter zegt is derde keer, goede keer. Replicant is op narratief vlak dan ook net iets meer dan een tweelingbroer die opeens op de proppen komt aangezien Lam het op de science-fiction manier heeft aangepakt. Hoewel…
Journeying further into the world of direct-to-video Jean Claude Van Damme releases from the late 1990s and early 2000s brings me to watching Replicant (2001) for the first time. Released in the waning years of Van Damme’s box office popularity, where his movies were coming out on DVD rather than cinema screens, I had heard some good word about this one, much like other JCVD movies around this time that have become critically reappreciated by action fans such as over-the-top romps like Double Team and Knock Off. While not as fun as either of them (or the other one I watched recently, Inferno), Replicant is interesting mainly for Van Damme’s dual performance, one of many in his career. Here, he’s…
Wow, this was way better than it had any business being. Truly can’t believe there’s a whole movie where Jean Claude Van Damme lets himself get treated like a dog for the entire runtime.
I'm sorry, does JCVD have 3 movies where he plays essentially twins? How is that a thing?
The movie is slow with little action sparsely placed, but it's still kinda fun.
Hung over movie for sure.
Not as wild to me, or as entertaining, as Double Team or Inferno in terms of direct-to-video JCVD but it’s both goofy and compelling to watch him play dual roles - a stringy-haired, leather-jacketed psycho who kills women that are ‘bad mothers’, and a man-child clone who has a stray puppy-dog spirit plus an emerging father-son relationship with angry cop Michael Rooker. Rented on iTunes.
Not enough crazy Van Damme
I wish this movie was a little less replicant and a little more repliCAN.
They should have cloned this movie and made it better. JCVD is in a curly haired-wig throughout this though, and that's a sight to behold.
Ringo Lam's Face/off. Bizarre science fiction plot that makes the movie epic. Its dark and gritty. Van Damme is at his best here! Michael Rooker is great here too and really shines on screen when he is with Van Damme. It's thrilling and intense! Great direct to video movie!
This movie is very dumb and have a lot of unintentionally hilarious moments. That plus some cool action makes it a fun watch.
When a movie uses the word Replicant in vain, you really shouldn't expect much more than exploitation. Michael Rooker is a retiring cop obsessed with catching the serial killer who always eluded him, and he gets that chance thanks to a genetic double of the killer, telepathically connected to the original. They're played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, because JCVD playing opposite himself has somehow become a trope since Double Impact. It's a weird way to do the "profiler/psychic" crime story, and as far as that goes, it's fine. The two leads are sympathetic once we get past the usual "buddy cop" conflict and the feeling that Rooker is essentially leading a confused child into action. The action scenes are unremarkable…
Absolute nonsense involving good and evil clones of JCVD, it’s another opportunity to act against himself (both ends of the spectrum are very broad and simplistic) and, of course, have a fight with himself too.
Michael Rooker is always watchable and he (just about) keeps things on track, while Ringo Lam (just about) delivers in the action stakes.
It still looks like a proper movie, unlike some of Van Damme’s later films and the action scenes are fun and well shot.
It’s just nothing particularly memorable and if you want a throwaway Van Damme film from this period, you’re much better off with Knock Off. Far from his worst though.
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