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Synopsis:

After an altercation forces a bodyguard into jail, he is forced to collaborate with the police. His mission: infiltrate the organization of a dangerous Flemish gang leader to secure his freedom and custody of his 8-year-old daughter.

What We Thought:

I quite liked The Bouncer. Jean-Claude Van Damme gives his best performance in years playing an age appropriate character who gets to do some action, but isn’t required to dominate the movie with his fists.

JCVD plays a bouncer who loses his job after an accident and gets a new job doing security for a gang leader. He drives, acts like a bodyguard and does other jobs, but he’s also secretly reporting back to the police. His daughter is taken from him at one point and he must balance his family’s safety while doing enough for both the police and gang leader.

The character is perfect for him at this point in his career. It’s an aging character with a past which makes his performance very realistic. There are some fight scenes and some action, but nothing unbelievable or too over the top for a man of his age. I genuinely thought he gave a good acting performance and wasn’t just The Muscles from Brussels.

The Bouncer is a pretty straight forward, easy to follow film that holds your attention and wraps up pretty quickly. I’ve always enjoyed Jean-Claude Van Damme’s films and it’s nice seeing him doing a movie that’s right for him. The film doesn’t try to be anything it’s not and it works because of that. If you are a JCVD fan definitely find it.

Directed By: Julien Leclercq
Written By: Jérémie Guez
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Sam Louwyck, Kaaris, Kevin Janssens, Alice Verset
MPAA-rating: R
Run Time 82 minutes

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