Second in Command


Action / Thriller / War

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IMDb Rating 5.1 10 5744


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Jean-Claude Van Damme as Cmdr. Samuel 'Sam' Keenan
Julie Cox as Michelle Whitman
Monica Barladeanu as Dr. Johnson
Garrick Hagon as Secretary of State Richard Hammond
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Not-bad thriller let down by ruinous camera-work

Van Damme's latest thriller is a low-budget riff on BLACK HAWK DOWN, complete with a foreign locale (this time it's the cheap-to-make-films-in Romania) and lots of scenes of arms-waving militia walking the streets and engaging in shoot-outs with the defending Americans. Essentially this is yet another siege film, as the heroes protect innocent people holed up in a single location and attempt to hold out against overwhelming numbers until help arrives. Except one of the problems with the low budget is that there aren't actually that many bad guys on screen at one, probably a dozen, and it's pretty obvious at times that extras are playing multiple parts.

In the film's favour, this boasts another decent performance from Van Damme, something that's become quite comment in his recent films. Van Damme is a likable, friendly type of guy throughout, and you find yourself rooting for him from the beginning. The supporting cast members (most of whom have 'graduated' from UK soaps) are okay, with the standouts being Velibor Topic's imposing rebel leader and Julie Cox's fragile reporter. The locations are passable and there are some decent big-bucks explosions at the film's climax, in which the CGI helicopters are the only things that don't convince. There is less action than you'd imagine, and Van Damme only gets to engage in a couple of fist fights. My main problem with the film is that director Simon Fellows seems to find it necessary to shoot his scenes in a juddery, hand-held camera style that always cuts away from the impact. This is particularly bad in the fight scenes, which are little more than blurred messes where you spend half the time trying to figure out who's hitting who.

Still, the film deserves kudos for the gory eye-gouging that Van Damme inflicts on one particularly unpleasant villain. If it wasn't for Fellows dropping the ball with some truly bad camera-work, SECOND IN COMMAND would have been a highly decent B-movie. As it stands, it's a watchable film with plenty of problems but one that somehow proves to be just as likable as its leading man.

Reviewed by ivo-cobra8 8 / 10

Underrated for Van Damme a realistic political action war drama!

Disclaimer: If you are a viewer that mainly prefers art-house-type movies, then you might as well ignore this review. In addition, if you're not able to take an underrated Van Damme realistic acting performance, including a realistic war drama, ignore this review, as well. We'll both be better off.

Second in Command (2006) in my opinion is a really good war drama, that is realistic in my opinion. I like this movie a lot, It is not my favorite Van Damme movie, bit I think it is pretty good. I know a lot of folks will disagree with me and put my review down, but seriously I like it. I did not thought it was bad. Some haters are saying: "Tom Hanks or a Brad Pitt would do a better job, leading a group of soldiers, but not JCVD!" Wrong! You guys are wrong! Van Damme can act and he completely surprised me by his acting skills. After just finishing watching this movie, I thought it was a realistic war drama. I think the movie is good, it has a mayor problems and mistakes, but which movie doesn't? I have enjoy it.

This movie in my opinion is miles way better than Street Fighter (1994)! Remember Street Fighter? Van Damme played Colonel Guile who lead his soldiers in to a battle against Bison (Raul Julia) and his men. That movie sucked major ass! Colonel Guile sucked leading his soldiers in to a fight! That movie sucks, I hate Street Fighter movie! I don't care what anyone says, Second in Command kicks Street Fighter's ass to the ground! Anyway this one, had some good action, pretty cool to see Van Damme in this type of role, in a political action war movie. I haven't watched a realistic war drama since I saw and watched Black Hawk Down (2001). The siege in the American Embassy was awesome. Velibor Topic as Anton Tavarov the leader of the militia group did a fantastic job. You can even hear him talking Serbian language when he was cussing out on Van Damme. The final fight scene between those two was really good. I am glad Van Damme could use some of his martial arts skills, that I like. Jean-Claude Van Damme can play a soldier and in my opinion he played a Navy Seal Commander more convincing than Steven Seagal ever did in Under Siege (1992)! I still think Under Siege is a classic action movie from the 90's but Van Damme could play more convincing a Navy Seal soldier than Seagal did. Seagal acted more as a cook and martial artist that was it. Seagal eat your heart out, because Van Damme is much more better actor than you are, even his direct to video movies are much better than yours.

In the film, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays an official who's just been appointed as "Second in Command" to the U.S. Ambassador at an American Embassy in a small, turbulent Eastern European nation. When local insurgents attempt a coup d'etat, the nation's President takes refuge inside the embassy. The embassy is then besieged by the well-armed insurgents. The U.S. Ambassador is killed in the ensuing action, and now it's up to Van Damme and the embassy's small detachment of U.S. Marines to defend off the attackers.

What I like about this movie is there were a lot of army and marines used for this movie. It is a siege movie and it goes with "Second in Command" delivers enough on the action quotient to make it a worthwhile effort. It's no "The Nest", but then again, few movies can match that one's raw and relentless intensity. And despite the fact that the insurgents are pressed for time, having to take the Embassy and kill the President before two impending arrivals — one by the President's astray military and the other by U.S. Marine reinforcements — the film does fail to really generate mounting pressure. The time the film allots itself for the siege is 4 hours, but it feels more like 4 days. Of course it doesn't help that the country's military is apparently composed of one tank, two armored transport vehicles, and a couple of troop transport trucks.

I like that the movie shows a marine ship a USS Challenger on Adriatic Sea. I like that the movie shows the marines in a helicopter who are flying off in Sbelnska, Croatia, since I live near Croatia, I am from Slovenia tough. I like the shout outs and I like Van Damme a lot. Specially I like the ending a lot when he is staying in the Embassy in Moldavia with Michelle Whitman United World News his girlfriend. I like the characters and the story in this movie. So sorry if you disagree with me and Second in Command is not your movie that's fine. I am giving this movie a solid 8, it is a good movie for me. Probably I am the only one that likes this movie.

Second in Command is a 2006 American action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and directed by Simon Fellows. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on May 2, 2006.

8/10 Grade: B- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Clubdeal Castel Film Romania MPCA Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Cox, William Tapley, Alan McKenna, Velibor Topic, Razaaq Adoti Director: Simon Fellows Producers: RBrad Krevoy, Donald Kushner, Pierre Spengler Screenplay: Jonathan Bowers, David Corley, Jayson Rothwell Story by: Milt Bearden, Jonathan Bowers, David Corley Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 32 Mins. Budget: $12.000.000 Box Office: $10,400,000

Reviewed by Mike Boyd 1 / 10

Simply Awful. Ignore all the "praise"

So farooqnk from Pakistan, yes a real capital of film going critique that place, has said: "After Replicant this was the second best JCVD direct to DVD!"

Well, that doesn't say much for the rest. He also said: "Yeah believe me this movie will rock you from the start to the end point."

No, really, he said that. I'm not making this up. Honest! :) Followed by: "You will be stucked to your seat and your breath will hang out there with jcvd."

Er, what? OK, I get it. But really, this was so bad. People in the street aiming RPGs at the embassy and being totally ignored by the people inside, apart from one soldier who says - guess what: "They've got RPGs".

So why not shoot the bloke BEFORE he fires it? No, no. You don't want to do that! Because then you wouldn't be able to film some lovely explosions and things going bang! So after the explosions and the things going bang, our hero says: "Protect the windows!". And then these enormous great shutters come down to - you guessed it - protect the windows.

So the question that springs to mind is: Why on God's green earth didn't they "protect the windows" BEFORE the idiot fired the RPG?

  • you know, like they would've done in the real world.

Too ridiculous.

Waste of film. Waste of time.

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