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    Van Damme In... Six Bullets

    Watched this last night and enjoyed it for what it is. The movie has elements of Taken in it. An MMA fighter and his wife travel to Eastern Europe for a match and their daughter is kidnapped by slave traffickers. Van Damme is a butcher, former mercenary, who used to be involved in saving kids from stuff like this but has retired - it probably goes without saying that his last mission went wrong. At any rate, he comes out of retirement and teams up with mom and dad to get their little girl back. Lots of people get shot.



    It's not a particularly smart film and it's got some sizable plot holes and runs about 20 minutes longer than it should, but the action scenes are solid despite some shaky cam and JCVD is pretty cool in it. Not a classic, but entertaining enough.
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    This is due out over here next week, Ian. I've got a copy on preorder and shall watch it when it arrives. Mind you, I've still got the last Lundgren DTV movie, STASH HOUSE, to watch.

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    I bought Stash House a month ago or something like that, still haven't found time for it yet!
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    Like Ian I has recently bought Stash House and have yet to see it. This looks boss also. Alas, the swedish DVD labels have become crippled by the demize of movie rentals and are brining in fewer titles then ever before, and later then ever before to. So I shall have to pay play.com or some such site a visit soon.
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    Swedish Joe, I think you would like this one very much. It's your kind of movie.
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    I'm halfway through this and really enjoying it. I have to go back to work, so will watch the rest later, but so far it's a strong film - considering Barbarash's previous DTV action movies. Then again, this one was written by the Law brothers, who also wrote HERO WANTED and THE HIT LIST - both of which are DTV flicks that I'd say are pretty much top of the pile - they've all got a strong noirish sensibility.

    SIX BULLETS is surprisingly long for a DTV action film, though, isn't it? It's nearly two hours in length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    SIX BULLETS is surprisingly long for a DTV action film, though, isn't it? It's nearly two hours in length.
    I think had they chopped 20 minutes or so out of it and tightened the pacing a bit it would have been a stronger picture. I won't spoil the end, but it gets goofy. Enjoyably goofy, with lots of ass kicking, but still kind of goofy.
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    I watched STASH HOUSE about a month ago and liked a lot more than I thought I would. It's a good 'un.
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    Watched the last half of SIX BULLETS and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's probably not trendy to talk seriously of Van Damme's acting chops, but I reckon he's as good here as he was in UNTIL DEATH, which was the film that really opened my eyes to his ability as an actor - not just as an action film star. That 'lived in' quality that defines his increasingly craggy face brings a little depth to these kinds of roles too. In fact, he plays a similar role in both films, don't you agree - a self-doubting, almost noirish anti-hero.

    The ghostly girls were a nice touch too, I thought.

    I also watched STASH HOUSE last night and had a good time with it too. The young couple grated on me at first but I became more sympathetic to them as the film progressed. It was an interesting film, quite low-key - it reminded me a little of THE DESPERATE HOURS mixed with elements of the 'yuppie in peril' films popular at the turn of the 1990s (UNLAWFUL ENTRY, PACIFIC HEIGHTS). There's an interesting theme of surveillance too: I thought the use of CCTV-like footage worked nicely, puncturing the action sequences and offering a slightly dry, ironic comment on them.

    Then again, I also enjoyed one of the other After Dark action pics that I've seen, the recent TRANSIT. (EDIT: DRAGON EYES was an After Dark production too, and I loved that one.)

    It's interesting that we've go a Blu-ray release of SIX BULLETS over here (and in Germany, for that matter), but as far as I can tell it's only been released on DVD in the US. Is that correct? If so, I wonder why that is.
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    Yeah, it's DVD only in the US. No Blu-ray for us for whatever reason. I think JCVD has a bigger following in Europe than North America these days?

    And trendy to talk about or not, Van Damme has been proving himself as a legitmate actor for a while now. I think it all started with In Hell - he was seriously very, very good in that and has since started to show strong dramatic range in most of his other pictures, even the lesser ones. It's interesting to watch his earlier stuff and compare it to the films he's been making now that he's hit middle age. There's a lot of growth and maturity evident in the stuff from the last ten years that was lacking in the flashier early stuff.
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