Until the late 90's onwards, JCVD was perfectly capable of delivering reliably decent action flicks and this one's no exception. This time around however the action isn't the only selling point as a fair amount of effort has been put into the characters and the relationships between them. Van Damme plays Sam (accent explanation: he's from Quebec), an escaped prisoner who, keeping his true identity to himself, holes up with cute widow Rosanna Arquette and her two children. Arquette's struggling farmer is under pressure from the devious Joss Ackland to give up her land for a housing project with ever more violent actions being taken to get her to comply. Van Damme, slowly becoming attached to Arquette and her sprogs (including a young Kieran Culkin who takes a particular shine to him as a father figure), must get involved to protect them while at the same time keeping himself from being caught. The characters are interesting, the relationships are well developed and the acting is good, even from Van Damme who, despite his limited range, gives it a decent shot. Rosanna Arquette is particularly good, as is little Kieran Culkin and you really become attached to their family as Van Damme does. You'll be willing them to succeed, booing the bad guys and cheering the Muscles from Brussels on when it's time to kick ass.