JCVD

JCVD

DVD - 2009
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JCVD is an out of luck actor. He's out of money, his agent can't find him a decent production, and a judge is inclined to give his ex-wife custody of his daughter. He returns to his childhood home of Brussels. When he goes into a post office to receive a wire transfer, he finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation. Due to an unfortunate mistake, the police believe JCVD is responsible for the crime. As the events are played from different perspectives, JCVD finds himself protecting the hostages, as well as serving as their negotiator. JCVD is forced to accept responsibility for crimes he didn't commit, as well as the life mistakes that he did make.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

What starts out as Jean-Claude Van Damme spoofing his own films turns into another Jean-Claude Van Damme film with perhaps a tad more insight and self-deprecating humour. The movie begins as JCVD returns to Belgium.....tired and almost broke thanks to an ongoing bitter divorce. When he’s informed that the cheque he gave his lawyer in L.A. has bounced he cabs it to the nearest post office in order to send out a money order. Of course the post office he chooses is in the process of being robbed and he is immediately taken hostage. Before the film ends we are treated to a few martial arts moves, a lot of yelling, and a handful of messy deaths. Most of the humour consists of “in” jokes which would only make sense to those familiar his films.....although the flattened pigeon that he steps over at one point is a pretty funny dig at John Woo. Furthermore, in the middle of the film he suddenly steps out of character and delivers a long, rambling monologue directly at the audience. The purpose of this oration is unclear, but it seems to revolve around how humble and undeserving he is. In the end we have a movie in which Van Damme attempts to cash in on Van Damme, and when you think of it isn’t that what Hollywood is all about?

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Go ahead and mock him if you want, but Van Damme delivers one of the best performances I've ever seen in my life here. Seriously.

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samuelgiocantes
May 22, 2013

Great movie!

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Cannes
Jan 18, 2012

Very good, not what you'd expect from the Muscles from Brussels. No fight scenes. Euro flavoured comedy w/drama. I didn't realize he was this washed up.

kevfarley Dec 19, 2011

Worth watching !
My expectations were muted , so I fornd JC,s performance trans -fixing. Good script ,.. but owes a lot , both in texture and character, to "Dog Day Afternoon".
(But its NOT Pacino level , just more than I ever would have expected , and very ...intresting.))

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pbh1958
Dec 15, 2011

SDH & closed-caption review [1 = poor; 2 = fair; 3 = good, 4 = excellent]. It has sub-titles; no closed-captions.
I gave it a 4 rating: excellent. Upper case letters, sharp, non-blurry on a black background.

Too bad the excellent quality sub-titles are with one of the worst movies I've ever seen over 50+ years of movie watching. The script is incoherent; the director should be banned from movie-making for life. The cinematography is dreadful. Only for the most absolute Van Damme addicts.

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stse88
Sep 08, 2011

I never go to a Jean Claude movie to see him act. It's just about the actions, and those amazing kicks. Now that he's older, the actions have also slowed down, and that's reflected in this movie. The big surprise is that the dude actually turned in a decent performance - almost a real and raw, introspective look at his own life. So worth watching just for that.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2011

Interesting story premise ... unfortunately poorly written script in the end. Could have been much improved with a bit of "good guy" actions by JCVD instead of being another average joe/actor during a bank bank.

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waimanau
Feb 16, 2011

I never liked JCVD. That's until I saw "JCVD" - a smartly scripted, ingeniously directed & touchingly performed pseudo-real-life drama about, who else, JCVD. Who would have thought that "The Muscles From Brussels " could actually be more than, well, muscles? Thanks to Mabrouk El Mechri's unusual direction, the otherwise ridiculed B-movie action star was finally given a chance to show the world, with humbleness & dignity, his vulnerable human side.
See it, & be sure to check out "The Wrestler" (starring Mickey Rourke) too. Now that's what I call a comeback combo.

McIndoo Jan 30, 2011

I've always been a big fan of JCVD but in the past few years was disappointed with all the straight to DVD flicks he kept making. This movie made me a fan again! It's funny at times, real, and overall a good view into the real man behind the action hero he plays over and over again

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