Chris Nashawaty
May 01, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

JCVD

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/07/08
performer
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Zinedine Soualem
director
Mabrouk El Mechri
author
Frederic Benudis, Mabrouk El Mechri, Christophe Turpin
genre
Drama, Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from his knuckle-scraping, neck-snapping exploits over the years, it’s to never count out the Muscles From Brussels. This cheeky riff on Van Damme’s on- and offscreen personae, JCVD, is an unexpectedly clever trip through the looking glass of fame, as the past-his-prime action star is taken hostage ? in a post office (or is he?) and then kicks the captors’ butts (or does he?). All the while, he fights for custody of his daughter. Let the comeback begin. The only EXTRAS are a few weak deleted scenes. B

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