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This movie was very good, i give it 8 out of 10. Good direction, good acting and more than ok dialog. Van Damme is a good actor, that for sure, now that he has made 3 good movies Wake of death, In hell and this.

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I agree with you, completely! Van Damme rocks!

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This movie is very good i recommand u rent this movie

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why you don´t just buy the movie tomorrow on dvd, then you will see!

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i agree, van damme's really been pulling himself together. seagal needs to do the same and stop doing four films a year and really focus on something good. have you noticed how van damme's film output has slowed down? you can tell he's taking his time and not just him but the director and post-production crew as well. i hope van damme is inspiring his other action contemporaries on how you can work back up.

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In my opinion this wasn't as good as Wake of Death, but hey, it's still JCVD... and I found Vivica A. Fox's acting a bit annoying.

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i hope he works with sheldon again soon cause that guy knows what hes doing when it comes to van damme

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He's okay.

"The Past is Prelude".

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Sorry guys, but I was disappointed in this movie. I count it as another in a long line of poorly made, low-budget, direct-to-video Van Damme movies that fails to live up to even low expectations. Don't get me wrong, it's definitelly a step up from his other direct to video movies, but that's not really saying much.

First of all, the first fight scene doesn't even occur until after an hour into the movie and what we're given is boring and limited as far as Van Damme's impressive leg work. When is he going to make another martial arts movie where you can actually see what he's doing? Another thing, that doesn't really suprise me with Van Damme, is that he is emotionless in the entire movie. Take a look at his face, it's dead, like he's half asleep. There's no emotion in his dialogue. Speaking of dialogue, the screenplay is filled with nothing but cliches and stereotypes. What happened to Van Damme? I thought he kicked the drug habit. Look at the emotion that he shows in movies like Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Lionheart and compare them to this.

Vivica Fox tries to do the best she can with what she's given, but I can only think she must have been pretty desperate for work to appear in something like this.

Thumbs down.

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this movie is a piece of shiet

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van damme said he doesnt want to do brainless action movies anymore where he takes off his shirt and does a 360 flying hook kick with a loud yell at the end like he did in the early 90's because people got tired of seeing the same thing over and over again and he got typecasted because of it, insted he wants to focus more on acting but still do action movies


in hell and wake of death proved van damme can act and that hes not all about kicking and flexing

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Jaydep,

Not all of Van Damme's movies from the 90's were brainless action movies. Take a look at Timecop and Universal Soldier, what I consider two of his best movies. Double Impact showed that he had the ability to act, with 2 completely separate roles as twin brothers, each with different personalities. In Kickboxer, when he finds out that his brother will never walk again, that scene almost has me in tears when Van Damme breaks down and cries. Those movies showed that Van Damme could act and do his signature leg work as well. Compared to what he's putting out there now with the straight to video market, I'd consider his older movies works of art. Even Nowhere to Run, which had no martial arts in it, was a pretty good movie.

In my opinion, Van Damme will never be an accomplished "actor". These days, even when he tries, it comes off as very awkward, like he is uncomfortable and self conscious. That doesn't mean he shouldn't continue to explore further roles that challenge him as an actor, but what he's known for and will always be known for, is his visually impressive martial arts skills, which made him a star and established his fan base.

Sure, he made his share of brainless action movies with lame dialogue and repetitive basic revenge plots (Death Warrant, Hard Target, Universal Soldier 2), but those movies were at least watchable with his high flying kicks in full display.

I guess I just have a real problem with direct to video movies in general, with their rushed and low budget productions and no name inexperienced "actors".

Like I said before, The Hard Corps is a step up, but I fear that the old Van Damme, that people fell in love with, is gone. If you ask me, I think he could have a lot of success if he were to decide to make sequels for his earlier hits. Timecop 2, Hard Target 2, Lionheart 2, Double Impact 2, etc. A lot of untapped potential there. Even if these were released as direct to video movies, they definitelly can't be any worse than what he's been making lately.

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The movie was great. I hope he brings out more like it.

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i praying this since years, JCVD have to do a real martial arts movie again, at best two movies in a row, in the vein as his late 80´s and early 90´s movies. believe me, more people wanna see JCVD kicking than acting (JCVD is wrong when he really said that, that people don´t wanna see that anymore, he is more than wrong when he really believes that) altough i am a fan of his improved acting which i loved a lot in wake of death(!), replicant and in hell but now after SIC and the hard corps it´s enough from trying, being different, doing more acting than fights. now he has to do more his trademarks of his classics if he wanna be more popular again. altough i have much respect that JC is trying to be different and more an actor, i enjoy that some movies, too but i wanna see him again in his old style at least for 1 or 2 further movies. 3 short fights like in SIC is just not much enough...everyone will be disapointed of the lack of fights in over 90 minutes..is that so hard to do?

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I have to agree with Bud wholeheartedly, this movie was average at best. Van Damme seemed emotionless throughout the movie, like he really didn't care if he was there or not. He and Vivica on the screen together was somewhat odd to say the least. It's like he is a tiring kickboxer who is running out of gas. Hopefully Kumite will bring back some old JCVD.

I'm as big a fan as anyone, and I actually thought Wake of Death was his best acting job, but I sure miss the high flying JCVD from the early 90's....

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I'm gonna have to go with playit. That movie is as good as DTV goes. And it was a step up from SIC.

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I agree with many of the negative comments stated earlier
I am a true lover of martial arts and movies
JCVD is a true martial artist and has done very well in the
beginning of his carrer, we all know he wanted to change his acting
style, but this is what made him, so he should stick to it, i dont know about other people but i want to see action, also getting older doesnt mean he cant show some good moves anymore, comon Van Damme, maybe its the director, look at Vivaca Fox in Kill Bill, the fight scenes were amazing! this is what Van Damme needs, somone that can direct him with acting and good old action coreography.
I was dissapointed in The Hard Corps, no fight scenes at first? goes in the ring with the girl and shows her nothing? fights Barcley for what reason i dont know, i guess to teach him a lesson but they end up choking each other? stupid movie, im sorry, but its true, dont get me wrong, if i could root for JCVD in a line, picket, crowd, whatever i would, up to now im still collecting his movies, and i love Kickboxer, Double Impact, Hard to Kill. JCVD can come back with the right help...

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"That movie is as good as DTV goes."

No. It definitely is not. There are loads of better straight-to-video films. Everything about this production feels void of any effort. It's writers, actors, and directors doing the very minimal to collect a paycheck.

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Watched it.Liked it.Good story,and build-up to the end.Some nice bits of comedy in there also.

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

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i think van damme should do comedies. the part where he talked about rap music had me laughing. that would be funny if they teamed van damme up with will ferrel and vince vaughn. it would be like another old school movie. i could see it happening. chuck norris was in dodgeball.

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jcvd is nice

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There are some good fight scenes where he do his favourites kicks. you can also see he's been working out also. this movie is better then In Second Command.

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exactly ... yeeeahhh

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the only impressive thing of this movie is the stupid story.
total crap

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Ok, so it isn't an A-List movie. So Vivica Fox hasn't PLEASED you.

Grow the hell up.

When you are not involved in an A-list movie, what the hell makes you think you are dealing with people who are disciplined enough to act accordingly in a B - movie???

Quit blaming the actors. Start blaming the people involved.

Lee Vervoort

"Get to work."

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the movie gets a little better after the part where they are interviewing the fighter

My plan is to become the saint I used to be

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This movie surprised me! Well written, entertaining, and felt like a mainstream hollywood flick. Proof Van Damme can still put out great stuff.

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I've seen quite a few of his movies and I wouldn't say this one was very impressive, it was pretty good but not really one of his best.

real human being and a real hero

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