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JCVDOver the weekend, Chris and I were in NYC and had a few hours to kill.  So we went to the AMC theater in Times Square and caught a movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.  JCVD, to be specific.

What?  I don't strike you as the type to watch the Muscles from Brussels?  Really?  ;)

Chris was all hopped up to see this movie and, basically, I was just along as the patient, dutiful wife.   

But it turns out I was on the edge of my seat and very into it.  Which was as shocking to me as making a meal that didn't taste like ... burnt stuff.   The trailer site touts the movie as, "When the life of Jean-Claude Van Damme collides with the reality of a hold-up in Brussels, Belgium, suddenly the huge movie star turns into an ordinary guy, filled with fears, contradictions and hopes. How can he be up to the legend he has built? What can a film hero do when the gun pointed to his temple isn’t charged with blanks? JCVD finds himself at the turning point of his 'hero' life."  Watch the trailer for yourself - it's not what you think.

The press has been raving about this movie, and the critics seem to be pretty aligned in favor for it.  I expected to hate it and I thought it was awesome.  (See also:  300.)  Has anyone else seen - or heard of - this movie?  Am I losing my mind or was it actually good? 

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Never heard of it. It's not in theaters here.

I've actually never seen any of his movies, so it looks like I'll have to rent this one.

I've never heard of this moved with JCVD. I remember many of his first movies, which were great years ago. One thing I noticed was how old he looks in that cover pic. I also saw 300, which I thought was awesome! I may just have to check it out.

Oddly, this plot sounds somewhat similar to the plot of "My Name is Bruce" starring Bruce Campbell.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489235/

I want to see both of these movies, like, right now. :)

Hmm... Can't say I have even heard of this before now.

I stumbled across the trailer for this movies about a month ago. I have been a JCVD fan since bloodsport but have been disappointed in his movies in the last 5-8 years. This one looks SWEET! I have been itching to see this one. Glad to hear that it is as good as it is being portrayed.

I haven't seen the movie, but I was moved by JCVD's words to a young Newsweek reporter in the following interview.

It paints a beautiful (or maybe nauseating) mental picture. And to all the ladies in the house, just cuz he's married for the 5th time and 47 years old, doesn't mean he isn't potentially available.

Long live the Muscles from Brussels. :P

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