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JCVD (2008)
The Biggest Fight of His Life!

Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! This fictionalized version of Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States, but inadvertently gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages.

JCVD (2008)

Hostages Divided

Some friends recommended this because of the enfolded reality and story.

Jean Claude, an actor in the film, plays himself as an actor between films who gets entangled in a “Dog Day Afternoon” movie-like robbery. If there was charm in this construction, it would have had to come from the actor himself. It doesn’t.

It is actually quite a mess, with some internally cinematic references, some talk about movies, and a frenzied scene at the beginning where we see JCVD in an action sequence in a movie within. Two of the thieves play roles to each other.

None of this is integrated, or even in the same world.

Oddly, we know this guy can do something along these lines successfully, “Replicant,” “Maximum Risk,” and The Order.”

Posted in 2009

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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