JCVD (2008)

In an industry that likes to clone success, an original film like this one often does not get made - or at least doesn't usually get distribution. I'm glad this one was made.

The story is fictional, but I think it puts a relatively real Jean-Claude Van Damme in a unique situation where we can see more clearly what his reaction would be. Van Damme plays himself as a down and out actor whose life is in a the last rounds of a downward spiral. He's back in Brussels, Belgium where his stardom is still potent. He enters a post office/bank as an armed robbery is in progress and as the police arrives, they believe he is the perpetrator. We watch as Van Damme deals with the situation and his celebrity.

The best part of the film is Van Damme exposing a wretched self with a wellspring of goodness.

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