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Director:
Mabrouk El Mechri
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Playing himself self-deprecatingly, Jean-Claude Van Damme finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks away from his shrinking spotlight and returns home to his native Brussels. But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they've never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world.

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  • 70

    Variety

    A French-language meta-movie parody par excellence, constitutes the headiest stretch of the beefy star's career since, well, ever.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The giddy near-brilliance of its central conceit is squandered by flat execution.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Some of this is affecting, some of it tedious, and the film's inconsistencies of tone are made more glaring by its peculiar look.

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Crime