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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.
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 30 January 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
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