Variety - 12/11/1995
"...A whip-cord taut actioner....SUDDEN DEATH more than delivers the goods..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/22/1995
"...SUDDEN DEATH is a treat for Jean-Claude Van Damme fans, a superior action thriller loaded with jaw-dropping stunts and special effects..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/22/1995
"...It's about the manipulation of action and special-effects sequences to create a thriller effect, and at that it's pretty good..."
A group of terrorists led by a villainous madman (Powers Boothe) takes over a sports arena during the sold-out Stanley Cup finals, holding the vice president of the United States hostage and threatening to blow up the stadium if they don't receive $1 billion by the end of the game. A fireman (Jean-Claude Van Damme) whose daughter is kidnapped during the hockey game must conquer his fears and race against time to save his daughter--and thousands of innocent spectators--before the terrorists carry out their deadly threat.
In this action-packed thriller, a ruthless gang of criminals holds the Vice-President of the United States hostage at a Stanley Cup finals ice hockey game in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena. The demented leader of the group threatens to blow up the building unless the government hands over $1.7 billion. However, the villains aren't prepared for Darren McCord, a tough fire marshal skilled in martial arts. McCord, who happens to be attending the game with his two children, struggles desperately to disconnect the ten bombs set to explode in the arena -- and rescue his own daughter, who the creeps have taken hostage. Can he complete the mission before time runs out'