JCVD functions at a much higher, more enlightened plane than his other 'action hero' counterparts (seems to not be a globalist puppet as per recent ramblings). This intelligence is on display here with moments of poignancy but remains unfocused - a collection of musings and overdone shots.
3.5 Total surprise, that at times doesn't all the way deliver but has a few moments of inspired depth and creativity and to top it all off Van Damme is actually quite excellent acting in this picture as he is clearly using it as an opportunity to purge in public (that crane monologue sequence is fantastic). Respect at being able to poke at yourself and the image created.
Finally Van Damme shows some self-irony; this suits him. The self-deprecating humour is what distinguishes the sheep from the goats, not all actors have this versatility. Seagal, who takes himself too seriously, limits himself to play the same roles over and over again. Although this is an interesting film by Van Damme standards, only audience aware of Van Damme's past will fully get all the references and humour.
Van Damme, o homem que consegue fazer uma espargata enquanto franze as sobrancelhas à Richard Gere, desenvolve inesperadamente uma auto-consciência e lida com o seu envelhecimento, as drogas, a ilusão que os seus filmes transmitem, a sua fragilidade como homem, pai e filho, e vedeta. Aposto que nunca pensou que o seu melhor momento no cinema seria a verter uma lágrima e não a fazer um rotativo.
This is such a curious piece of something, and definitely not a good something. To me, it will always prevail as a statement of what might happen if you choose to dedicate your life to something you were never meant to do in the first place. Mr. Van Damme could have been a great martial arts instructor, but nooo... he wanted to do better!!. Now look at what your life has come to.
I can't tell if it's good, but I definitely liked it. Always been a fan of Vandamme and there are some touching, primal moments in this which make it worth seeing. The monologue of JCVD at the end of the story is very strong. The director has also done some work and sometimes it's even interesting from its perspective.