JCVD: Movie Review

We all remember those lazy Sunday’s on TBS where they have the “Movies for Guys Who Like Movies” and all the movies seem to include one of three actors, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, or Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Ok so maybe only I remember those days.  Jean-Claude Van Damme was just that guy who could put a hurting on anyone and in boxing terms “pound for pound the baddest man in Hollywood”!  Sorry Arnold, but JCVD could probably run circles around your tree truck sized legs and you wouldn’t even know what hit you.

I watched JCVD over the weekend and was really impressed by this movie.  Here is a movie star older and openly knowing that his best days are behind him, sorry Stallone but you just aren’t the same hulk that you were the first time around in Rocky or Rambo just admit it.  In the movie Jean-Claude plays himself and his life is a mess.  How powerful that we can see a washed-up and broke movie star at the end of their career with nothing left.  He poored everything into this role.

Though some really interesting and unexpected chain of events he’s in the middle of a bank robbery and doesn’t know how to handle the situation.  There is one part where the movie pans out and Jean-Claude pleads his soul to the camera talking about his life and how he just wants to live in peace and make it through this final conflict without anyone getting hurt.  It doesn’t matter if the part is scripted or him actually telling his real story it pullss you in and he shows a character depth worthy of an Oscar.  Keep in mind that here is a character who hasn’t ever really played a character that required any acting besides just kicking butt!

Amazing movie and absolutely nothing like I expected.  We all know Jean-Claude from his action and kung-fu days but here he pulls off a masterpiece of a drama that will suck you in and keep you guessing to the very end.  Oh and yes there is some amazing action sequences in it just for those action guys out there.  The intro sequence is an amazing single camera masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed.

Watch the trailer below and see what you think!

 

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