Van Damme is back slower than ever but still great (by bunja-77202)
OK so van Damme is a lot older these days as are a lot of actors such as Stallone, Arnie, Denzel Washington,etc which of course means they cant move as fast as they used to in there heyday, so certain camera tricks need to be used like close up combat as was in the case in "Denzels" Equalizer and is also the case here , it doesn't bother me , Van Damme is still a Great actor as far as I'm concerned and he was never as fast as a Jet Li or Jackie Chan anyway what else you get from this movie apart from the lack of great martial arts battles is a great heart warming story and a <more>
spoiler brilliant ending, where Van Damme dies to save his daughter and gives up his other kidney ,realising that he cannot take back his stolen one , great performance from Van Damme 10/10.
i'm rod, i watched van damme movies religiously until legionnaire and street fighter which were terrible, up until then i liked them all. this was the first movie of his i had watched for a while and it was the best movie i have seen for a long time, the plot was realistic and could happen to anyone which i liked, and the plot twists were very smart and well written. fight sequences were excellent and i put this right up there with lionheart as my favourite and both of which i can watch over and over again and never get sick of them, know what i mean? i hope he does more movies set in <more>
asia like this one, with detailed story lines and varied interesting locations
Excellent Movie, Shame on You if You Pretend to Hate IT! (by Dark_Lord_Mark)
Van Damme is back and this movie should be watched.Van Damme is a washed up man, a riff raft and a bad man.But he's a match for his niece and needs to donate his kidney. One night he gets into a fight and meets a woman and the next morning his kidney is gone.Pound of Flesh, while not John Claude in his prime, is a damn good action flick with some heart. Don't let the prissy naysayers tell you otherwise. Van Damme is back and this movie is worth a watch.It's clearly small budget but has some nice fights, nice acting and some nice moments. Their is substance there. Again, if you are <more>
a fan of 80's small budget action and 90's small budget, this is for you.10 out of 10!
The premise of "Pound of Flesh" is interesting to say the least. It's difficult to describe the plot without any spoilers. It unfolds in every scene. It's not a "mystery" per se, but if you think you have the usual revenge type b-seagal-movie you are mistaken.Overall it is good for what it is. I liked the pace not too hasty or abrupt , I liked the direction and editing, and the plot/script is good enough.Van Damme got old, as it was expected. We see his trademark feet open 180 degrees as in many of his movies, but the stuntman was obvious in a few scenes. The <more>
green screen used in many scenes, including many scenes inside a van are distracting but I wouldn't insist on that as a serious flaw.The newcomer her 1st movie Charlotte Peters has an interesting look that maybe give her some good roles in the near future but she need lots of training in her acting despite the fact that she went to Drama Studio London, a prestigious drama school based in England .The conclusion, that I won't spoil you, is satisfying, something that lack many movies nowadays.My recommendation: Check it out. Is better than the 5 average you see here. I gave it a 8 to boost it a little. Might not worth such a high score but I think is better than other recent movies of Jean-Claude.
Although the plot starts with the urban myth of waking up in a bathtub full of ice and minus one kidney, this film quickly progresses into a classic Van Damme action thriller.He's showing some age, but his action scenes remind you of why he's been so successful. He's not only a good actor, he's as badass as badass gets. If you want a very well written, well acted and well directed action flick, settle in.It also introduces us to the charming and talented Charlotte Peters, an actress I suspect we'll see much more of in the years to come.No spoilers here, but you will want <more>
to watch this one all the way through, because there is a plot twist or two along the way that you won't want to miss.It's good entertainment, and Van Damme is as good as ever in it.
I don't want to discuss the storyline here because from the start it's off-beat, surprising and entertaining. After so many cinematic dogs that made it look as if Mr. Van Damme's films were going the way of Steven Seagal, this turnaround is arguably one of Mr. Van Dammne's best films. The script is right on, direction tight, and the storyline went off in a really different direction. He has to fight, yes, but not just to show off his acrobatics every other scene. And rather than just another action flick, this has heart and a story that may stick with the viewer. Someone once <more>
said that a good story should have an ending that is inevitable, yet still a surprise. I liken a good story to a magician on stage. He places his top hat upside down on a table and goes through his array of tricks, and although you just know it's coming, when at the end he pulls that live rabbit out his hat you're surprised and amazed. In this case, I was expecting to take a step further and really surprise with that rabbit, but still, the ending was quite satisfactory, maybe even better that what I had expected, all things considered. I'd say this is a film any Van Damme fan should have on the shelf. One little thing: Although this was shot, entirely I think, in Canada, it was supposed to be Manila. I've never been there, and I imagine there are a great many people there from China, but in much of the movie, judging from the background and all the signs and passersby, I'd have sworn we were in Hong Kong or some such place. That didn't hurt the film however. I'm just saying....