Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: 6 Bullets

It's no longer sad that Jean-Claude Van Damme's career is reduced to direct-to-video movies. It's been so long since the days of Bloodsport and Kickboxer that it seems almost quaint to think back to the days in which Van Damme was a bona fide action star rather than a self-satirical joke.

The beauty of 6 Bullets is that Van Damme isn't in on the joke. Even at age 51 and with approximately one third of the muscle mass he rocked in his salad days, he plays the role of stone-cold enforcer with as much ferocity as he did Lyon in Lionheart.

Allow me to quote the Internet Movie Database's dead-on tagline for his latest movie:

"An ex-mercenary known for finding missing children is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter whose daughter has been kidnapped."
That says it all, doesn't it? Van Damme, of course, is the ex-merc, and he surrounds himself with actors far more obscure than him so he can still emit 1990s-style star power. Although the editing room seems to be doing Van Damme some favors in showing him dispatch roomfulls of enemies with his flashy fists and stone cold glare, he still shows that he's spry and physically imposing. The fight scenes are fun to watch, and the scenes that are intended to be serious inspire some good laughs because they're so self-serious.

6 Bullets does not fit the definition of what most would call a good movie, but screw most people. I had a great time with the movie, all the way up to the resonant finale, in which Van Damme unleashes a catch phrase contrasting his ability to forgive sins with that of God. Oh, Van Damme, you've still got it.


Movieman said...

Thanks for the review. I've been waiting for this one. Can you say a thing or two about how the movie looked production wise? Thanks

dinabr said...

Thank you for the review. But you could mention names of the 'obscure' actors. For example: Joe Flanigan , who was the lead of 5 year's sci fi series show 'Stargate Atlantis'

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Hachi Critter said...

I'm looking forward to seeing it, have been a big fan of Joe Flanigan for years and it will be my first Van Damme flick!

Marti DeWitt said...

I don't care what anyone says I thought this was a very good movie! Not very realistic in real life terms but heck if I wanted real life I wouldn't be watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. Action packed from start to finish