JCVD

Film
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Jean Claude van Damme was never an obvious candidate for a midlife crisis, chugging merrily through a parade of identikit beat-’em-ups for the global DVD market. But frustration has been building, erupting in the form of ‘JCVD’, a witty, oddball postmodern  actioner in which the Muscles gets to beat the bad guys, lampoon his tough guy image, tear a strip off the media and bare his battered soul.

Taking a simple heist structure – terrorists hijack the bank JC, playing a scripted version of himself, happens to be patronising – director Mabrouk el Mechri constructs a compelling, if rather unambitious narrative. But plot is irrelevant here, the script so focused on van Damme that it could almost work as a one-man play: a scene where he rises to the ceiling and delivers a hallucinatory soliloquy of wry self-pity has to be an early contender for most bizarrely moving scene of the year. Unpredictable, engaging  and even challenging, ‘JCVD’ is an intriguing oddity.

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Details

Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday January 30 2009
Duration:
92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Mabrouk El Mechri
Screenwriter:
Mabrouk El Mechri, Frédéric Bénudis, Christophe Turpin
Cast:
François Damiens
Zinedine Soualem
Jean-Claude Van Damme