Thursday, May 14, 2009

DJG's Movie Morning Monday

JCVD * * * *
Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri / 2008

Mickey Rourke made a comeback last year with a fantastic performance hitting close to home in “The Wrestler”. Though, not as great of a performance or movie as Rourke’s, Jean-Claude Van Damme in the movie aptly titled “JCVD”, is a close to home comeback for him in some regard. “The Muscles from Brussels” plays himself, even opening up some real life wounds, in this oddly touching and decently tailored heist movie with unique narrative. But, it’s more than a heist movie. Watching Van Damme in “JCVD” reminded me of the enjoyment I received from his action flicks of my youth. I think I need to revisit them soon and revisit this one some more. -djg

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