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6 Bullets
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
To my surprise, this is playing on Google Play for only 3.99 so I rushed to watch it...twice for that matter. I rather enjoyed it. I'd rank it pretty much on the same level as Assassination Games, JCVD's and Ernie Barbarash's other collaboration. Both movies were on the cusp of making the leap from being "good" to being "damn good". The script in AG is a bit stronger but JC does a much better job in 6B. He is in fantastic shape and doesn't sleepwalk at all through his performance. He looks and performs the best he has in years. The action is pretty well done and there is a good amount of it...even quite stylish at times. Like AG, Ernie gives us a really cool opening intro to the movie and JC kicks some serious ass in it. For the most part, 6B is shot really well, considering the budget. Acting wise, I thought everyone was above average for a DTV...with the exception of Bianca(JC's daughter). Even though she isn't in it that much, I thought her line delivery was just awful. Kris(JC's son), however, is better than usual. He still has a lot to learn but he didn't stink up the place like he usually does. Joe Flanigan was good and I liked seeing him in something other than Stargate. Neal Acree turned out another good music score, although, some of it may be a little too piano heavy which kind of kills the tone in a few scenes. It sometimes added a "made for tv" vibe but it was no big deal. Overall though, this is another good step forward for director, Ernie Barbarash, and definitely one of JC's best DTV's. I'll probably watch it one more time before it expires. 3.25/5
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
As action movies go, this one was above average solely because of the acting of Joe Flanigan. Without him, it would have been just another Van Damme movie set in an eastern European country with bad local actors. The plot was simple, a couple loses their daughter and has to enlist Van Damme's character to help get her back. Anna-Louise Plowman was adequate as the near hysterical mom who's not quite the shrinking violet you might expect, and Charlotte Beaumont was terrific as the daughter. But it was Flanigan and his expressive face that stole the show. Let's hope this exposure leads to bigger and better roles. Oh, and Van Damme was more like his old self than usual also.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
I have to admit that I bought this movie as a fan of Joe Flanigan. Not really a fan of fighter films or JCVD films. I was pleasantly surprised that I found the movie engaging all around. Sad that it deals with an issue of human sex trafficking, but the movie dealt with the topic on a more personal level. All the acting was very good--I think Joe Flanigan was cast really well--he brought depth and real emotion as the frustrated, proactive distraught father of the abducted girl. Overall a decent film, I think will satisfy JCVD fans, Joe Flanigan fans and the casual viewer!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
This was a very good DVD - which I hadn't really expected. Has some good action, a good story and Joe Flanigan shirtless, what's not to love? Honestly I thought JCVD and Joe F did an excellent acting job in this one and would not mind seeing them team up together again. The story has a few plot issues and some of the explosions are a bit underwhelming but other than that the movie carries you along at a good pace. I'd recommend it.

(also saw it on Google Play when it showed up last week, still buying the DVD)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
I didn't plan on enjoying 6 Bullets as much as I did, which turned out to be quite a bit! Fantastic action, moody drama, and some really good acting all combined for a thrilling action adventure film ride. Jean Claude was great as a guilt ridden butcher/action man. And Joe Flanigan gave a terrific performance and was amazingly attractive as a father searching for his kidnapped child. If you're in the mood for good action and escapism then this movie is a great choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"6 Bullets" may mark the end of (or at least a break in) Jean-Claude Van Damme's comeback: after a string of good roles and well-produced vehicles, he seems to be focusing on increasing weirder pictures, like Welcome to the Jungle. Nevertheless, "6 Bullets" lives up to the rest of Van Damme's winning streak, being one of the better genuine action-thrillers of the DTV realm. Though it scrapes to earn these four stars and is a bit lite on actual action, the movie eventually earns its rating by skillfully balancing its adrenaline highlights with sound acting and an intriguing screenplay.

The story: a mercenary (Van Damme) is hired by a MMA competitor (Joe Flanigan, Stargate Atlantis) to rescue his daughter, who has been kidnapped by Moldovan sex traffickers.

"6 Bullets" feels like Van Damme's take on Taken, but it's not a lazy ripoff. Despite similarities, the movies don't follow the same path, with Van Damme's film not only favoring more explosions but also examining the consequences of collateral damage and giving the protagonist more allies to interact with. In regard to this last bit, Van Damme keeps up the dark and pessimistic energy that's served him so well since JCVD but gets balanced out well enough by Joe Flanigan's more vulnerable performance. Anna-Louise Plowman (The Foreigner) also looks surprisingly strong as the wife of Flanigan's character, and Van Damme's son Kristopher gets the most room to act that he's ever received in his father's movies. Less impressive is that almost nobody in the film speaks any authentic Romanian, and listening to accented English for so long gets boring.

The screenplay is strong, or at least holds its own in keeping things adventurous and making Van Damme's allies more capable than the norm. Production values are equally smooth (DTV directors are uniformly figuring out how to make these Eastern European shooting locations look interesting). Surprisingly, even the musical score feels pretty inspired. All this film would need to be a decisively superior DTV feature is satisfying action content, and that's its shortcoming. Don't get me wrong, what's there is pretty good: the handful of shootouts are nice enough, and while Joe Flanigan's single hand-to-hand fight makes it obvious that he's not a genuine fighter, Van Damme accounts for this with a brutally sweet knife massacre. But beyond this, there's just not a lot of action: if just a bit of the shooting and fighting were eliminated, this could be played a straight thriller with almost anyone in the lead role. Say what you want about clichés, but if you're watching a Van Damme vehicle and the final scenes don't involve a martial arts showdown, you're watching an incomplete film.

"6 Bullets" is a good vehicle for Van Damme in his quest for respectability: he can be a dramatic actor with depth and nuance, but still delivers juuust enough action to keep established fans in their seats. As a pretty dark movie, it's a bit of a relief that Jean-Claude is looking back into more fantastical fare, but it also presents a standard of quality that he should try to hold himself to. With his apparent zeal, I don't think it'll be too difficult for JCVD to do so, as long as he doesn't forget how much fans want to see his karate kicks. Give it a try, fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is another teen abduction/ Eastern European sex trade/ rescue movie. Samson Gaul (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is the village butcher who moonlights as a mercenary. His accent varies throughout the film. His son (Kristopher Van Varenberg) who works at the US embassy, sends him clients.

When Andrew Fayden(Joe Flanigan), an American cage fighter's daughter Becky (Charlotte Beaumont) is kidnapped, he calls on Samson who is reluctant to take the case. On his last case he generated a significant amount of collateral damage that wasn't as funny as when MacGruber does it.

The movie has a slight twist which really wasn't much of a twist. Monica Fayden (Anna-Louise Plowman) mouthing statistics in the middle of the film made me think this was a 93 minute public service announcement. In addition to beating up people, Samson uses elaborate high tech stuff. He is capable of setting up complex traps in a matter of moments. The movie "Taken" has set the bar for this genre and unfortunately this one doesn't measure up. Will work as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, no sex, no real nudity. Women in strip clubs scantily dressed. One woman with large pasties...nothing we haven't seen at Superbowl half time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
I must confess I only rented it because it had my favorite actor from Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, however I was wrong, it turned out to be very good. Both actors Joe Flanigan and JCVD did an amazing job in there roles. This film really hit home from a realistic point of view-human trafficking. Its sad that this actually happens somewhere in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
I have always been a VanDam fan therefore I wanted to see this movie. It was fairly predictable for me but I have an infair advantage to most people because I have seen ALL of his movies. He played a good part and in my opinion is a good actor. He used more weapon than Karate skills as this character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
This was one of Jean Claude's better films, there are many! This film really hit home from a realistic point of view-human trafficking. There was a certain degree of depth that this film had opposed to some of Jean Claude's that are simply action with no meaty plot.
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