Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme goes home to find tranquility.
"JCVD" is an unexpectedly droll game of three-card monte disguised as an action film that turns into a (fake) reality-TV-style documentary and then into a hostage thriller. At one point - a crazy high point - Jean-Claude Van Damme, the star of "Bloodsport," delivers a wrenching confessional monologue straight to the camera for nearly 10 minutes, fighting back tears when he's not actually weeping. For real. It's fake, but the pain, self-pity, belligerence and pathos are real. So are the filmmaking skills of the director, Mabrouk El Mechri, who also co-wrote this daydream of celebrity ups and downs and the Van Damme image.
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