Death Warrant (1990)

Posted in Reviews by - July 22, 2012
Death Warrant (1990)

Van Damme plays a maverick cop sent undercover to suss out a deadly mystery occurring at the Harrison Penitentiary, where two-bit stereotypes are dropping like flies with ice picks shoved in their skulls. It’s not a particularly pleasant place, but if there is anyone who can sort the men from the boys then it’s Jean-Claude Van Damme, who quickly sets to work beating up the inmates in his own jumping, spinning, kicking way. This action film is watchable enough but still can’t escape that made-for-TV feel despite the gross-out violence. Van Damme is good, left slightly wanting during the more dramatic moments but nevertheless aptly equipped for this sort of nonsense.

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