Film Reviews by jc

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We Die Young

Interesting but brutal and unredemptive

(Edit) 22/01/2020

I like that Mr Van Damme is willing to take on unusual roles and even laugh at himself (those ads...)

In this film he plays an ex-soldier who became mute after an explosion. He takes drugs and deals them but has a heart to help the most desperate.

Meanwhile, two young boys get caught up with the local drug cartel and the older boy tries to extricate the younger...

If the film reflects the casual brutality of cartels then it's unflinching in doing so. The characters are (mostly) soulless bodies walking, talking and killing...to stay alive and in favour with their bosses. The film reeks of the desperation of being stuck in such an environment. If you were expecting AWOL, or Bloodsport - this is nothing like it. There's very little martial arts.

Can the boys escape the life? Is van Damme older than the can of peas in a single guys cupboard?

It's not an enjoyable watch but thumbs up to Mr Van Damme for showing you how glad you are that you don't live where his character does...

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Glass

Promising but unsatisfying

(Edit) 09/01/2020

I was looking forward to Glass. I wanted to see the finale where the three characters from UnBreakable and Split get together and what would result. THE result was... odd. SLIGHT SPOILER - I did appreciate how the psychiatrist tried to get the characters to doubt they were really superheroes - that was cool - but the finale promised something epic... and then (in my opinion) wimped out for a low budget small scale finish. I can only conclude that the director promised an in-depth character study that woudb't cost much (or the main actors took all the cash!) Look, all three actors are skilled and it was a pleasure to watch them - but honestly, we needed a big finish which didn't come.

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