Manly Movies

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Swelter (2014)

Swelter (2014)

Swelter    22 May 2014

R 96 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 506 votes

After a long steak of not filming movies in the U.S., filming most of his movies in Eastern Europe but with a few stop offs at locations like Candada, this is Jean Claude Van Damme’s first movie to be shot on location in the U.S. since 1999. The Expendables 2 for example, was another Nu Boyana deal. Inferno was the last movie shot there and ironically it was set in the searing Mojave desert (the Inferno) in California. ...

Enemies Closer (2013)

Enemies Closer (2013)

Enemies Closer    24 Jan 2014

R 85 minReleased

5.2
IMDB: 5.2/10 538 votes

If you ever liked the teaming of Peter Hyams and Jean Claude Van Damme in TimeCop (1994) and Sudden Death (1995, review here), you’re probably going to like this movie, it’s their first re-teaming sincce 1995. Shit, did I also mention that Hyams senior directed the acutely Manly Narrow Margin (1990, review here), starring Gene ‘shut the fuck up’ Hackman? Hyams may be 70 years old, and they may not give him the budgets he used to get, ...

The Bouncer (2018)

The Bouncer (2018)

The Bouncer    22 Aug 2018

R 94 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 296 votes

I went to see Lukas tonight, It’s been a while (almost 17 years) since the days movies starring JCVD were released in cinema on a regular basis, with the exception of EXP2 and JCVD. No one was under the age of 35 in the screening room,nobody fucking checked his smartphone, not even once. A relief… Lukas is not your classic action movie with high body count, it felt more like a neo noir movie to me, JCVD is very good, he’s a broken man ...

Kill ’em All (2017)

Kill ’em All (2017)

Kill'em All    06 Jun 2017

R 96 minReleased

5.2
IMDB: 5.2/10 351 votes

Kill ‘Em All (2017) This is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in years. Maybe one of the top five worst I’ve ever seen and God knows, I’ve watched some trash. It’s Jean Claude Van Damme’s worst movie ever, as far as I can remember right now anyway — most of his stuff this side of the 1990’s has been pretty bad to various degrees. It’s a thoroughly depressing stretch of awful. In this one, the latest DTV ...

Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Kickboxer: Retaliation    26 Jan 2018

R 110 minReleased

5.0
IMDB: 5.0/10 812 votes

Who knew that the first movie in this series would be good? That’s not supposed to happen; remakes of classics holding their own. Then, the first indicator of the second movie being good was just how fast they put it into production, evidently, they held onto those good ingredients and knew that they could simply offer seconds, to comparable success. So, now we have our second movie in the re-done Kickboxer series. And it is good. Alain ...

Black Water (2018)

Black Water (2018)

Black Water    25 May 2018

R 104 minReleased

4.7
IMDB: 4.7/10 733 votes

Here is a fool writing this review, because I watched the trailer for this movie a long time ago and was quietly excited about it. The slick artwork for a VOD movie also further stewed up some promise. Those hopes faded when people started speaking about how awful the film is, but it wasn’t until I watched it myself that I realized just how bad it is. It’s the fifth team up for Jean Claude Van Damme ...

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2    17 Aug 2012

R 103 minReleased

6.6
IMDB: 6.6/10 411 votes

How quaint it is to look back at the initial theatrical release of The Expendables 2 almost five years ago in the late summer of 2012, after all the PG-13 rumours and behind-the-scenes gossip. Many of us hoped and expected an effortless home run after the rough-around-the-edges original movie. To its credit, this follow-up succeeded about as well as could be reasonably expected, pulling in over $300 million at the global box office (against its reported $100M production budget) and ...

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning    25 Oct 2012

R 114 minReleased

5.1
IMDB: 5.1/10 127 votes

Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning is a mean and nasty psychological thriller with a streak of incredible fight scenes running up its back. Its directed by John Hyams, who gave life back to the franchise with Universal Soldier: Regeneration. That film was possibly the most effective DTV ever, a rough yet effective action movie where a skilled director makes the best out of a low budget. Here, Hyams returns with a larger budget and American ...