Maximum Risk could have been a great film if it wasn't for post-production tampering and an unmotivated performance from Jean-Claude Van Damme. Ringo Lam was frustrated with this big budgeted production. Being his first Hollywood movie he didn't quite grasp the idea of focus groups and pre-screening movies. This dealt a blow to Mr. Lam and he didn't come back to the west for five more years.
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in two roles (but they don't share any screen time together). One brother (who was raised by a Russian family) is a shady individual who is killed during the opening minutes of the film. His other brother learns about his twin's identity from his birth mother. The more he learns about his brother the more deeply involved he is in finding out who murdered him and why. During his travels he meets a mysterious blonde (Natasha Henstridge) and two feds who mistake him for his deceased brother. With the Russian Mob on his trail and two agents constantly bothering him what else kind of trouble will J.C.V.D. get into?
Who knows what the original cut of this film looked like. We'll never know. But the final product is nothing more than a J.C.V.D. starring vehicle with flashes of brilliance. But it's a lot better than people give it credit for. A shame because it could have been even better.
Check out Replicant or In Hell. Ringo Lam and J.C.V.D. make a great team when the director is given more creative control.