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JCVD (2008) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

2940

Avg. Rating:

2.76/4

# of Ratings:

39

Genres:

Comedy, Crime

Rating:

R

Language:

French

Theater Date:

11/07/2008

DVD Release:

04/28/2009

Director:

Mabrouk El Mechri

Actors:

Jean-Claude Van Damme
François Damiens
Zinedine Soualem
Karim Belkhadra
Jean-François Wolff
Anne Paulicevich

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Broke, out of work and stuck in a custody battle, Jean-Claude Van Damme's life can't get much worse -- until he gets involved in a robbery with the whole world watching. Part heist thriller, part stream-of-consciousness dramedy, this is Jean-Claude Van Damme as you've never seen him before: *as* Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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Snoogans 03/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

More acting and less fighting here. This is a much smarter and convincing story than any of Van Damme's other films. He is essentially playing himself, in a mock real-life situation and it works very well. A surprisingly good film.

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Bribaba 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

JC gets a cool makeover and it works a treat thanks to his superb, self-deprecating performance. I wonder what his fans think about this? John Woo and Steve Seagal's ponytail take a few hits when the movie buff talk interrupts the tension and the surprisingly convincing pathos. One of the film's strengths is the way it is able to juggle the moods shiftswithout any sense of jarring. In one scene you feel like getting up and cheering when JC reverts to type, but then his final speech leaves you wondering which way is up - just one of the many twists in this strange, but utterly compelling film. Well done, JC.

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Ikkinbot 07/20/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

JCVD was very well done. The movie really worked by taking aspects of JCVD life and integrating them into the action movie. JCVD did a great job. The movie is a hint artsy but very funny and still with some fun action and bloody death scenes. May not be for all straight action fans, but for those with more wide ranging tastes it is well worth watching.

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film guru 02/07/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

JCVD has never been so convincing!! As the L.A Weekly would put it "…simply put, it's a blast…Van Damme is a pleasure to watch —funny and light on his feet.." Can't wait to buy it on DVD!!!

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Cox 02/05/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

This movie far exceeded my expectations. The acting was far above par, not only for Jean Claude, but for anyone. The direction was very artistic and beautifully executed. A true insight into Van Damme's real life struggles and feelings. Bottom line... a great and aesthetically appreciated movie. Another interesting thing to look at is the similarity between this movie and "The Wrestler". Two "washed up" actors making a major comeback. This year has been a great year in the film industry, not so much in way of making profits, but in the quality, and creativeness of filmmakers. We are seeing a different kind of genre emerge before our eyes and it is awesome to be a part of. By the way, JCVD even made Time magazine!

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Ichabod Crane 02/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

A great movie with a great performance by Jean Claude Van Damme. He shows that he can actually act in this movie and not in a over the top way like you might see in Street Fighter. The story is interesting and Jean Claude is a man you really feel sympathy for and want to follow throughout the film. His personal story works as does the heist he unwittingly gets involved with. The various techniques utilized by the director all work and it is a completely satisfying movie. Jean Claude really should have been considered for awards because he is jsut as good as Mickey Rourke is in the Wrestler, just watch his monologue, which I though worked perfectly.

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