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Shepherd Herds in Rogue Special Forces,
This review is from: The Shepherd: Border Patrol (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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Initial post: Feb 8, 2008 10:42:43 AM PST
Robert Witmer says:
There is more fight left in Van Damme then one might think. In the Shepherd, the action fight scenes are blended carefully to flow with the storyline. There is more mesmerizing fight action then in all of Van Damme's last eight films put together. Van Damme acts with skill and fights like the 1979 European Professional International Middle Weight Karate Champion he was when winning this remarkable title as a mere teenager (19) when fighting against older and more experience karate fighters. This film will be a smash hit mimicking the explosive force of Van Damme's brute karate force behind one of his 360-degree helicopter kicks!
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