The Hard Corps

2006

Action / Thriller

11
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 33%
IMDb Rating 5.3 10 5210

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Vivica A. Fox as Tamara Barclay
Jean-Claude Van Damme as Philippe Sauvage
Brenda Crichlow as Newscaster #1
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Reviewed by jasonisageek 5 / 10

Van Damme Looks Bored...

I have to admit that around Maximum Risk and Knockoff (late 90's era JCVD), Jean-Claude lost me. I found no enjoyment in either of those films, and while I absolutely loved Double Team (1997), anything after went straight to home video, which usually means low-quality films, and that's just never a good sign. I did try a few of his films here and there, but I could never sit through one completely. They just weren't any good. So I pretty much strayed from him films until 2008's JCVD. But even then, with his career seemingly at a resurgence, nothing that came after that was any good either. In fact, the only thing I actually liked from him in the last 20 years is easily the Amazon show pilot for Van Johnson, where he was just absolutely brilliant. I haven't heard anything new about it yet, but I do hope it gets picked up for a series.

Philippe Savauge (JCVD), an army vet suffering from PTSD, is hired as a bodyguard for local boxing champ Wayne Barclay (Razaaq Adoti). When a local drug kingpin, Terrell Singletery (Viv Leacock) is released from a prison stint, he sets his sights on exacting revenge on Barclay from a long-running feud. Savauge soon realizes he has his work cut out for him and things get even more complicated when it seems like Barclay's sister and manager Tamara (Vivica A. Fox) might have a thing for Savauge.

The Hard Corpse reunites Van Damme with his Lionheart and Double Impact writer/director Sheldon Lettich, and honestly, that was the only selling point for me to actually make the effort to watch this. Sure it had been many, many years since either of them had a hit, but I went in hopeful. And you know, it wasn't bad. Not at all the kind of film I was expecting, but it wasn't terrible either. It was shockingly able to keep my attention even though it ultimately ended up being the kind of film that I don't necessarily seek out. And after having seen it, it's not a film I will probably ever watch again and won't go down as one of Jean-Claude's better films.

There's really not much motivation for you to actually check this out, unless you're a die hard completest of JCVD films. There's really not a lot of action, and you only ever see him use his martial arts skills during one scene in the film. Even then, it comes across so "blah". You'd never know these two (Lettich and Van Damme) were the same team behind some of his earlier classics like Bloodsport, Lionheart and Double Impact (a personal favorite). But still, it's not a bad film. Just not a good or enjoyable one. Sheldon Lettich, while one of the few who spearheaded the whole martial arts/action movement in the late 80's to early 90's has clearly lost his mojo by this film. While he would only ever direct 8 films in his career, this would be his last. What makes the experience more trying is that Van Damme just looks so tired and uninterested here. He literally looks like he couldn't give a damn anymore than he already does and comes across as completely bored and unmotivated. Sad day indeed. Not one of his worst, but you can certainly find a better way to spend an hour and a half of your time. www.robotGEEKSCultCinema.blogspot.com

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

A misguided Van Damme movie aimed at the wrong demographic

THE HARD CORPS is a film I'd like a lot more if it wasn't for the subject matter. It's a film that looks good, seeing Van Damme team up once more with director Sheldon Lettich, with whom he made some cheesy classics back in the day (such as DOUBLE IMPACT), which are still personal favourites of mine. There are some decent action scenes sprinkled around, including a great bit where our hero machine-guns a car and has a fist fight with a younger, fitter opponent, reminding us that he's still got 'it'.

But for too much of the running time, the film gets bogged down in the storyline surrounding a black boxer and the man who vows to have him killed. Too many 'gangsta' stereotypes creep into the script, especially at the climax, so that this resembles nothing more than one of those poor Seagal movies.

It's not totally without merit, though. Van Damme isn't required to act much here, as in other, recent movies, but he's still fun to watch. The (few) action scenes are fun, and I like Lettich's direction. I just wish that they'd gone for a better script rather than desperately trying to appeal to the young, black, male crowd.

Reviewed by ivo-cobra8 8 / 10

A very underrated direct to video solid Van Damme action flick!

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 a Van Damme underrated, a solid good action flick from Sheldon Lettich, ignore this review, as well. We'll both be better off.

The Hard Corps (2006) is another solid underrated action flick from Van Damme that I like! I like this movie for what it is! Again folks this is what I was talking about: Steven Seagal's The Keeper (2009) ripped off and stole the idea from this movie! Steven Seagal can not be original, he is a fake, fat actor that I hate! The Keeper (2009) sucked ass! Manny people put my review down, because that I have stated that it suck. Watching The Hard Corps I was very surprised because I love Van Damme and idea from an American soldier who fought in Iraq must assembles a team of bodyguards to protect a former boxer and his sister. I already saw the idea from Seagal in The Keeper! In The Keeper (2009) Seagal is an L.A. Cop who is forced to retire from his duty's as a cop and he fly's to San Antonio helping and been a bodyguard of the daughter of a wealthy businessman his best friend and her boxer boyfriend. The same story that was ripped off from this movie The Hard Corps (2006), just the keeper made a lousy job, making an awful not entertaining movie that I just hate!

After reading some reviews I see a lot of people hate this movie I don't! I think is an underrated, a good action movie from Van Damme and Sheldon Lettich! I know this movie is not a brutal, or violent like was Wake of Death (2004), but I still don't think it is a bad movie. Razaaq Adoti who plays Wayne Barclay a retired ex world champion boxer, he at least was a boxer in this movie and he kicked and fight with Van Damme, he wasn't a chicken, like Arron Shiver was, who played Mason Silver a boxer, Nikita's boyfriend, who soled her out and was a drug addicted. Sorry but I like The Hard Corps, I know is not that good, but Is still a good direct to video movie. At least I could know what the story is in this movie!

Army veteran Philippe Sauvage (Jean-Claude Van Damme) assembles a team of bodyguards to protect former boxer Wayne Barclay (Razaaq Adoti). Complications arise when the boxer suspects his sister Tamara Barclay (Vivica A. Fox) may be romantically involved with the bodyguard.

The story is straight forward with JCVD protecting a former boxer from an ex convict the boxer helped put behind bars. But the film rounds out a number of characters, including a straight-arrow nephew of the bad guy, and members of Jean Claude's group of bodyguards he calls "The Hard Corps". There are some neat character moments, like one of the Hard Corps' awkward response to a fist bump, and multiple relationships that start rocky but end in friendship – I know this is clichéd, but I always liked that formula. Jean-Claude Van Damme is great as a tortured war vet who fought for 3 years in Afghanistan and Iraq before being discharged after taking the blame for a school full of children being blown to bits by a terrorist in Iraq. There is some creative editing depicting his post traumatic stress syndrome, including cuts to gunfire while he's casing a club. It gives the viewer the same confusion that Van Damme's character has in trying to distinguish the beats of the music to the sound of gunfire.

The main bad guy is fearsome with a bunch of man-eating dogs. He stabs one man and feeds his liver to the dogs, which was pretty cool. You don't see man-eating dogs much in action movies anymore. The action scenes are few and far between in the first half, but once they come in the second half they're furious. Pretty much one main character dies per action scene and plenty of bullets fly throughout. I was disappointed at first that JCVD wasn't hand-to-hand fighting as much, but toward the end of the second act there's a huge fight between him and the Barclay character where he pretty much beats the hell out of him. The climactic scene involves multiple shootouts and a crushing-by-falling-car death.

The Hard Corps starts out a little slow but picks up around the middle. The characters are surprisingly well developed and the acting is very good. The action isn't as high-octane like a Mission Impossible movie, but it delivers what is expected. I am giving this movie an 8, why? Because it has his own original story, the movie did not copy or ripped off anyone's story. Van Damme did a solid job at acting and so did Vivica A. Fox as Tamara Barclay sister of Wayne Barclay, she was very hot in this flick.

The Hard Corps is a 2006 American action film written and directed by Sheldon Lettich. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raz Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, and Peter Bryant. It is the fourth collaboration between Jean-Claude Van Damme and film director Sheldon Lettich. The film was released direct-to-DVD in the United States on August 15, 2006.

8/10 Grade: A Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Clubdeal Motion Picture Corporation of America Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raz Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, Peter Bryant, Ron Bottitta, Viv Leacock, Adrian Holmes, Mark Griffin Director: Sheldon Lettich Producers: Brad Krevoy, Donald Kushner, Pierre Spengler Screenplay: Sheldon Lettich, George Saunders Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 41 Mins. Budget: $12.000.000 Box Office: $12,800,000

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