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In South Asia to donate his kidney to his dying niece, former black-ops agent Deacon awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 64211
- Director : Ernie Barbarash
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 44 minutes
- Release date : July 1, 2016
- Actors : Jean-Claude Van Damme, Darren Shahlavi, Charlotte Peters
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00UVCHX0W
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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“Pound of Flesh” is the third pairing between Van Damme and director Ernie Barbarash. This movie follows the same vein of the other films these two have worked on, dark and brutal. In this film Van Damme plays Deacon, a former soldier of fortune and prepared to donate his kidney to his niece. However, after he engages in a one night stand, he awakes in a bathtub full of ice to find that his kidney has been taken. After he teams up with his estranged brother (the father of said niece), Deacon decides he is going to find his kidney and still give it to his loved one at any cost.
On paper the plot is a bit absurd, given that anyone who had their kidney hacked out in a hotel room wouldn’t be running around doing flying noodle kicks. However, this type of logic needs to be thrown out the window in order to enjoy this movie. After all, this is a Van Damme movie.
I must stress that this movie is a direct to video film and at times showcases the limitations of its budget. For instance, there is a scene where Van Damme is in a night club and it is an actually night club and/or set. Then for some reason, the actors are in front of a green screen with the club behind them, not very subtle at all. Some of the acting is better than others. Van Damme is solid all the way. He looks very gaunt and almost ill, which makes sense since his kidney was hacked up. The actor who played his brother was okay, he went from being annoying to the moral compass and back again. Nevertheless, these types of films aren’t praised for the acting, rather the action. Van Damme still is quite impressive physically in his early to mid fifties and there is one scene where he does a split involving a car that was pretty awesome.
If this movie is taken for what it is, a lower budget action movie, which at times also travels into some soap opera melodrama, I feel that a person will have a good time. Van Damme fans will probably want to pick up the DVD or Blu Ray. I purchased the former and am quite pleased. In addition, to the feature there is ten minute making of and the original trailer/preview for the film.
Movie has Van Damme going to China and getting his kidney stolen. The whole reason he was there was to donate it to his dying niece. The trailer gives this away almost immediately but the movie treats it like this big mystery that they don't reveal until about 35 mins into the movie. Despite just going through surgery, against his will, JCVD decides to beat up everyone he comes across in China along with his do gooder brother, a college professor who is wants to help but has trouble dealing with getting his hands dirty.
Like I said before, JCVD more than does his role in holding together the movie. But, like most of his films in the past 15 years, the cast around him is absolutely horrendous. A lot of movies Van Damme has done lately have brought in a co-lead for him to share the movie with. Not sure why but this movie is no different and its the role of his estranged brother in the movie. It's a huge mistake. The actor who plays the brother is just annoying and boring to listen to. The actor's performance, who plays a retired colleague of Van Damme's, is borderline hilarious. Some of the camera work is bad too as there are a couple times that you can tell with its a stuntman in an action sequence and not one of the main actors, sometimes its even obvious.
With a lesser actor in the lead, they would have taken the movie down but Van Damme keeps things interesting. A scene of him beating down multiple guys in a night club makes the movie on its own. If you're a JCVD fan its worth the $4 rental fee on Amazon.
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Running Time 104 Minutes.
Deacon is a former black-ops agent who awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney & carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, & elite billionaire estates.
The clock is ticking for his niece & with each step Deacon loses blood.
'Pound Of Flesh' sees the muscles from Brussels - Jean Claude Van Damme back to what he does best - high kicking, fist punching action, ok so there's a few occasional naff green screen shots during the driving sequences but on the whole this is a testosterone fuelled action flick with a bonkers but entertaining plot that features a nice twist at the movies climax.
Jean Claude Van Damme seems to be playing far darker characters of late & Deacon is another one of those characters who has a past full of secrets, Van Damme adds emotional depth to his character somehow making a unlikable character likeable.
British actor/stuntman/fight cheographer Darren Shahlavi is on scene stealing form as the villain Drake, but sadly Shahlavi died of a heart fatal heart attack caused by atherosclerosis in January 2015 he was only 42 & this movie is respectively dedicated to him.
The direction by Ernie Barbarash is stylishly shot & the fight scenes pack a decent enough punch for a B' movie, the plots sees Deacon (Van Damme) have a one night stand with a women he supposedly saves & wakes up the next morning in a ice bath with one of his kidneys missing which he was donating to his sick niece who is in vital need of a transplant so Deacon frenetically races against the clock with the help of his brother to take down the bad guys & get back his stolen kidney, in order to save his dying niece.
The plot is completely far fetched & ludicrous but it's entertaining switch your brain off action hokum & overall this is a solid enough fast paced entertaining thriller, if your a fan of JCVD movies like myself then 'Pound Of Flesh' is definitely worth a watch & is one of the Muscles from Brussels better straight to DVD releases of recent years.
A underrated gem.
The basic plot is reasonably acceptable. The logic is similar to ‘Taken’ ... only it's not a person that's been taken, it's Van Dammes' kidney! He wakes up one morning to find one gone. And so he relentlessly hunts down those who've taken it. Fortunately he's ex-special forces, so he can fight the bad guys even though he's only just undergone backstreet surgery. Just to give some 'depth' to the film, it transpires that Van Damme was just about to donate his kidney to a family member ... and if he doesn't find it soon, that person will die.
The direction is fine and the production quality is okay (although some scenes were clearly green screen filmed, with the background added-in later). The problem is, it's just a bit slow going. The action needed to take more of a centre stage, and the pace of story development needed to be faster. As it is, there are some sections of the film that are a bit boring.
If you've want a reasonably good Van Damme film, and you haven't seen it, go watch ‘Six Bullets’!