August 15, 2012

Thou Shalt Honor Van Damme

With The Expendables 2 coming out this Friday, the talk has been how all of these action icons are together for the first time on screen. It also sparked the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger back to the genre we love. However, there is one man that people seem to skip over and that is Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme can be placed in the higher echelon of action stars alongside Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Willis. He’s offered up numerous awesome action movies from Sudden Death, Maximum Risk, Universal Soldier, Bloodsport, and even No Retreat, No Surrender. Now he has returned to our local multiplex alongside the rest of the action elite (hehe) with The Expendables 2.

Van Damme has had a topsy turvy last decade with his numerous issues with drugs, divorce, and a faltering career in straight to DVD movies. JCVD came along and it was a sort of apology from Van Damme to us the action fans for his past behavior and promises to be better. It was a catharsis being performed on screen and we the fans were his witness. It was heartbreaking to see one of our beloved stars break down in the manner that he did. Please, if you haven’t seen JCVD, please do so this instant.

After JCVD, Van Damme found his footing and has returned in the good graces of the public with roles in Kung Fu Panda 2 and of course The Expendables 2. However, us action fans never gave up on him even during his darkest days. We still saw his movies despite not being the quality of his earlier work, but has stood beside him all the way. Now he has returned full force with Expendables 2 and the sequels to Universal Soldier (Regeneration and Day of Reckoning) and we are damn proud of him overcoming his demons and returning back to where he belongs.

A salute to one of action’s finest heroes.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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