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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins (II), Stephen Lord
  • Directors: Isaac Florentine
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011VIO46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shepherd: Border Patrol" on IMDb

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Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this hard-hitting action thriller about a border patrol agent who attempts to take down a rogue American Special Forces unit that's smuggling Afghan heroin into the United States.

Customer Reviews

Better than most of his recent movies, but not as good as you hope for.
Randy Maatman
And you need a bad guy in this kind of movie - a really bad guy and his faithful right arm man.
Tsuyoshi
I can't believe I am actually saying this, but Van Damme's acting was very good.
morgoth

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Witmer on January 28, 2008
Format: DVD
In "The Shepherd" (2008), Van Damme plays a Texas border cop battling former member from an elite U.S. military force who now turned their past expertise into running a proficient drug smuggling trade from Mexico into the US. The movie breaks new grounds for Van Damme as he moves in to a more mature role with stronger acting. Van Damme's trademark fight scenes highlights an upcoming martial artiste, Scott Adkins whose zeal nearly turns the staged studio fights into a legitimate match between the two with a visual delight jammed with innovative techniques and true-to-life kicks. Reality slips into the fights forcing and inspired and newly invigorated Van Damme to truly draw on his own genuine fighting history to legitimately weather his younger rival. By way of irony, Adkins in real life while growing up was inspired by Van Damme.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Heintz on March 6, 2008
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I must say, I was really looking forward to this movie. And I was probably looking forward to Scott Adkins as much as I was to Van Damme. My expectations were high (even for a ridiculous b-movie like this) after what Issac Florentine and J.J. Perry did with Undisputed II. The movie wasn't spectacular and it didn't quite reach my highest hopes, but I wasn't disappointed. Van Damme played his usual laconic self - this time with a bunny. Scott Adkins' character wasn't very interesting either (and the main villain was a bit annoying), but you can't have it all with these kinds of movies.

With the exception of the final showdown, the fight scenes were very well shot and choreographed. J.J. Perry (the fight choreographer) did a great job with Van Damme's abilities while still giving him room to exhibit his "Van Damme" style. Scott Adkins was excellent as usual (although his skills are best displayed in the director's other films), but it doesn't seem that the writers gave much attention to Adkins' character, or the plot. My chief complaint is about the poor editing and screen effects used in the last fight scene between Damme and Adkins. It would have been an excellent fight if the editors had just left the fight alone and not tried to enhance it. And so the last fight was disappointing because of the editing.

On a five point scale, I'd give it a 3.5, but amazon doesn't give you half points to work with, so I decided to give it a 4. For the kind of movie this is, it was very satisfying. It's certainly Van Damme's best martial art movie of his direct-to-dvd career, at least until this point.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jamespen on March 19, 2008
Format: DVD
The Shepherd: Border Patrol is a very good film! Van Damme's best and most action packed since Wake of Death. Seriously, all the good ingredients are in there, guys. There's plenty of hand to hand fighting in The Shepherd, even the gratuitous bar fight. There's a likable chemistry between the lead and supporting cast, and the villains are well picked. There's also a lot of good soundtrack work done in a style familiar to spaghetti westerns.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Ronald Ferguson on February 18, 2008
Format: DVD
Although Van Damme has had fewer stinkers than those of his peers, he's had his share. This, however, isn't too bad. It's more polished and the dialogue more believable. But like so many others of this genre, it relies too much on formula. It's very predictable and making Bulgaria look like New Mexico was a bit of a stretch. In the end, though, it was entertaining. I like Van Damme and I hope he does more, but it would be good to see some surprises for a change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on March 16, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm quite torn, after all, this movie, directed by Isaac Florentine, has some silly dialogue and obvious set-ups. Movies need to be rated according to the genre they belong. An action flick with a martial arts twist movie such as this is really quite average and should be 3 stars; however, Van Damme delivers a more than adequate job and he is back kickin' and punchin'! That is the primary reason for the four stars, he is kicking again and unlike "The Hard Corp" or "The Order" where he was kickin' too, this is more stylish and rugged.

Vam Damme, while no Oliver, has developed into a moderately decent actor. Time cop was probably the first movie to showcase this, but he was inconsistent in bringing out a fine acting performance (For example, Sudden Death - good, The Quest - bad). This movie does not have the depth in script or direction of "Until Death", yet, it is more enjoyable because Van Damme is once again the action and martial arts hero.

Further, Van Damme has always stayed in either great or at least good shape (unlike Seagal) and while he has aged in the face, he turns in some great martial arts scenes with Scott Adkins (whose fight scenes are terrific and villainous). So four stars, not because it is necessarily that great of a film, but because Van Damme is kicking again, and the kicking was fun to watch.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dominion_ruler on March 7, 2008
Format: DVD
Van Damme continues to impress me with these direct to video releases. His only competition (that I am aware of) is Steven Seagal, also continuing to pump out the direct to video releases year after year, which fail to make it with fans of the genre. Where Van Damme succeeds, is that his acting and the stories in his new films continue to improve over his earlier action films. Obviously the age factor is limiting his martial arts capabilites (as to be expected), and in Van Damme's most recent entry (before Shepherd) "Until Death" focused very little on action and more so on story and character depth - and succeeded. In the Shepherd, we have a return to action (though still certain expected restrictions) but the addition of Scott Adkins (Undisputed 2) aids in carrying it through.

Van Damme's acting has reached a new level and we can expect it to stay, and it is present in the Shepherd (though yes, he is never going to be close to getting any awards). If we compare Shepherd to Until Death, Van Damme's character is about 50% as interesting and the story isn't quite as emotional, though it has it moments. What I enjoyed a lot about the Shepherd story is that it focuses on some touchy present-day issues - specifically the border patrols near Mexico, and with a touch of the suicide bombers from Afghanistan. The movie begins with a group of American soldiers led by two men (one of them Adkins) who come into contact with a suicide bomber. The experience certainly has an effect on these men, and though we never find out how or why, they now reside in Mexico where they are leaders of drug smuggling into the U.S. Jack (Van Damme) is assigned border patrol in the area, and it doesn't take him to long to get into the heat of the action, and eventually, into a Mexican prison.
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