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Canister X Movie Review #125: JCVD (2008) - Canister X - A.P. Fuchs
JCVD (2008) Written by Mabrouk El Mechri, Frédéric Benudis and Christophe Turpin Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri Runtime 97 min. 4.5 out of 5 Jean-Claude Van Damme—international movie star. Jean-Claude Van Damme—the Muscles from Brussels. Jean-Claude Van Damme—loved by millions Jean-Claude Van Damme—criminal? It’s a post office hostage situation and Van Damme is suspected to be the guy running the show. He talks to the cops, tells them what he wants, is alone inside with the hostages—he’s got guilty written all over him. Except not all is what it seems and Van Damme—hero to all—is having the worst day of his life. Not only did he lose custody of his daughter, he’s broke, has no new movie on the horizon and now he’s getting framed taking a post office with a built-in bank hostage. I just finished watching this and I’m still soaking it in. I’ve seen most of Van Damme’s movies and JCVD is nothing like any of them. This isn’t an action movie despite it starting that way. This is a drama. Big time, and Van Damme proves here he is way more than just muscles, high kicks, and guns. This Van Damme is raw, brutally honest, caring …