Second in Command (2006)





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A skilled official assigned the task of protecting the U.S. ambassador to an unstable Eastern European nation gets trapped in the middle of a deadly coup d'etat in an action-packed tale of political intrigue starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and directed by Simon Fellows. Sam Keenan (Van Damme)'s job is to protect the U.S. ambassador to a troubled Eastern European nation at all costs. When a collection of heavily armed local insurgents stages a violent revolt and the country's president seeks refuge in the very embassy building where Keenan and his charge are based, the devoted officer soon finds himself guarding two men against an army of angry killers. With the embassy overtaken by insurgents and nothing more than a small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the fire, Keenan is forced to work overtime just to keep his men breathing and overcome the merciless invading onslaught.
R (Violence and some language)
Action & Adventure
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Julie Cox
as Michelle Whitman
William Tapley
as Frank Gaines
Alan Mckenna
as Captain John Baldwin
Razaaq Adoti
as Sgt. Darnell
Warren Derosa
as Mike Shustec
Serban Celea
as President Yuri Amirev
Colin Stinton
as Ambassador George Norland
Emanuel Parvu
as Cpl. Chevanton
Razvan Oprea
as PFC Devereaux
Velibor Topic
as Anton Tavarov
Elizabeth Barondes
as Jennifer Lennard
Vlad Ivanov
as RSO John Lydon
Mihai Bisericanu
as Marshall Geller
Ian Virgo
as Cpl. Will Butler
Dan Radulescu
as PFC Pazzini
Catalin Paraschiv
as PFC Burke
Stefan Velniciuc
as Bicycle Shop Owner
Silviu Oltean
as CIA Photographer
Monica Dean
as Dr. Johnson
Bart Sidles
as Walt Henkel
Elizabeth Cook
as Sandra Davies
Bryan Jardine
as Gen. Anderson
Mihai Dinvale
as John Franklin, NSA
Garrick Hagon
as Secretary of State Richard Hammond
Herb Chestler
as Gen. Richmond
Eugen Cristea
as Gen. Borgov
Tomi Cristin
as Capt. Servat
Valentin Popescu
as Vladimir Norkov
Cristian Popa
as Demonstration Leader
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...admittedly, one can't help but admire the duel that ends with Van Damme gouging out his opponent's eyes.

Full Review… | May 30, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Second in Command

Fast action paced movie that features Jean-Claude Van Damme as Sam Keenan, who's job is to protect the U.S. ambassador. I pretty decent movie.

Jesse Richardson
Jesse Richardson

Great action movie which was very realistic in its portrayal of war. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time with the intense fighting scenes. Van Damme is not the best actor in the world, but this movie was worth watching because of its realism and grittyness.

Evan Harder
Evan Harder

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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