JCVD juggles humor with whomping martial-arts moves and a kind of melancholy star turn from the melancholy, muscular star. show more
JCVD should entertain both movie and action buffs. Van Damme proves once and for all that he's not just a set of glistening pectorals. However, he's still in no danger of being asked to play Hamlet. show more
Van Damme says worse things about himself than critics would dream of saying, and the effect is shockingly truthful. show more
I viewed this film at a theater on a tiny screen but I never took my eyes off it. The cinematography was great; it had a vintage pigeonhole aesthetic. Was I looking through Van Dammeâ€™s memories? I noticed the lack of special effects and felt the goading remorse of the main character-forced to deal with the consequences of his life choices. He was over-worked and down on his luck. In times like these in which we live - it was raw and believable; I was captivated. The story is not new (robbers, hostages, etc.) but the Van Damme factor intertwined in it was shocking. He (even with French sub-titles) delivers a Tour de Force performance quite unlike what Iâ€™d seen before. JCVD is not made for children; itâ€™s for â€œusâ€ the eighties crowd. We all grew up with this guy. In one scene Van Damme floats while seated and delivers a soliloquy. I thought to myself at that moment that perhaps he had just achieved his greatest theatrical feat: a chance to really act. If I had power, Van Damme would get the Oscar nod. Donâ€™t miss this one. Welcome back JCVD!
Finally a movie from Van Damme! Where have you been? I am glad he has risen from the ashes and did a fantastic job.