The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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...admittedly, one can't help but admire the duel that ends with Van Damme gouging out his opponent's eyes.
Van damme offers very little in this foreign material arts thriller. The idea has much more going for it then the front cover will have you believing. The problem is the twisting narrative and a really weak plot.
The direction is typically grey and cheap which over shadows any real chance for the film. The violence is a little too much at times but its good to see van damme back on the screen.
He deserves bigger budgets and its a shame he can't get back to a place he once owned the screen. The film is a quick cash in and sadly offers nothing new, the fights are poorly shot but some of action scenes are fun and showcase some of the budget. Alright for a straight to DVD movie but definitely not a fun van damme film to watch over and over again
Second in Command is a modest action thriller joint that delivers the goods in a fast-paced and intense fashion, even though the whole one-idea set-up is familiarly derived. The premise starts off at a breakneck pace and then tightly builds up to its chaotic siege situation with a exhilarating climax with some organic grit. Along the way it offers up a surprise or two and there's no real political interference in how they shape the story, despite the topic at hand and flawed nature. The basic script won't set the film alight, but never falls into any cheesy mumbling. The action scenes, which for this type of film is what we are actually hanging around for. Are handled with great vigour and the set-pieces can raise a sweat. Jean-Claude Van Damme is capably good and fit's the mould perfectly, with his downtrodden and workman like performance of a more beatable and humane character than anything overly heroic.
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