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Forces you to consider the star in a whole new light --The Boston Globe
I absolutely loved it. He made me cry...it won EVERYONE over --San Francisco Guardian
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So what makes this film different from all the rest? I hear you ask. Well for one he's not playing some clichéd character who you end up shouting "kick his head off" at. He's actually playing himself in a fictional setting and as strange as it sounds it actually allows him to display much more acting talent than you would have first thought.
So what's the film about? I hear you secondly ask. Well, JCVD's life isn't going too well and is constantly in battle to win movie roles but is constantly beaten by his rival Steven Seagal. His wife has divorced him and is in legal battles for the right to have access to his daughter. He also has quite a few tax and money troubles to boot, so to escape his troubles he decides to go home to his native Belgium only this isn't as peaceful as he'd hoped.
Upon his arrival in Belgium he goes into a Post Office, and after his fans tell a local policeman that the legendary Jean Claude Van Damme is home and in the local post office. Then out of nowhere a gunshot rings from the post office sending people into a panic and shocked that it turns out to be the movie star himself holding up the post office, or is it?Read more ›
What a movie! It likely surpassing the collective expectations from the start of the entire audience. The opening scene rocks. A 4-minute film within a film begins with vintage-like Van Damme moments of high energy action. This single-shot sequence unfolds vamping up Van Damme's pre-existing persona in dynamic fashion. Then this incredible assembly of action ends with a hilarious fake wall falling over when a door is simply slammed too hard by a winded and exhausted Van Damme blithely complaining to a movie director, who couldn't care less (as in real life), that he is 47 and it is simply too hard to do these mad action scenes at his age!
The film then pivots under the young but world class directorship of Mabrouk El Mechri to the main story, where the audience is treated to a Van Damme they have never seen before acting with incredible depth and character. This transformation from a shallow bigger-than-life action hero to portraying true down-to-life emotions will be worth the admission alone.
Van Damme's dramatic performance and his featured monologue --- are remarkable. The director caught Van Damme on film in a way to make any audience celebrate with rousing enthusiasm alongside Van Damme as he convincingly relates his belief in the American dream, then address his marriage and drug problems of his past, and how he wants a second chance to make a difference in the world. It is one of those cinema moments bordering on being a masterpiece; it re-invents Van Damme.Read more ›
I never thought through his career that he acted badly, as some others protrayed. But in JCVD is definitely showed that he is without a doubt, an actor! I feel this movie opens the door for more great films to come from him.
Also, the film is partly in French, which really isn't all that bad, because I'm a big fan of films being authentic. Regardless if you are a fan of Van Damme's or not, this is worth at least checking out once.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
JCVD is a faux behind-the-scenes look at an older action-hero dealing with on set problems as well as personal life traumas (his wife divorces him and wins custody of their... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Cine in the City
A highly entertaining movie directed by Mabrouk El Mechri & beautifully shot by Pierre-Yves Bastard. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katina A Dunn
Great van damme movie, just wish it was in English. Otherwise still a great Jean Claude flimPublished 5 months ago by Matthew
Poor Van Damme has a hard time selling himself as a dramatic actor. If I were to tell you that this is a fantastic dramatic comedy and not some self promotion, since his name IS... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Genaro H. Ugalde