He also knows his target group very well. And that’s why there’s nothing particularly surprising about his newest film, 6 Bullets, which has just been released on video. Not that I’m complaining.
Van Damme is playing yet another One Man, now an aging but still terrifically cut ex-mercenary, sent straight into the plot of Taken to retrieve the kidnapped daughter of a rich American MMA fighter. Although the father’s profession suggests it, there is no clear hint of any double team action in 6 Bullets.
While he did show up for The Expendables 2 this summer, a half-send up, half-exploitation of the hard-knuckled action genre, there is nothing self-deprecating or sarcastic about 6 Bullets. Van Damme is all business, all serious and unforgiving, and I for one think that might be a good thing. As long as the action is executed well enough and JCVD is badass enough, it should give fans of old-fashioned One Man action a good 90 minutes of entertainment. It won’t reach far outside the core fan demographic, but if Van Damme looks okay with it, I’m okay with it.
6 Bullets is out already.