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The Hard Corps [DVD] [2007]

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Vivicia A. Fox , Sharon Amos    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vivicia A. Fox, Razaaq Adoti, Peter Bryant, Mark Griffin
  • Directors: Sharon Amos
  • Producers: Joseph Metcalfe, David Bixler, Brad Krevoy, Donald Kushner, David Ralph
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Dutch, Hindi, French, Portuguese, Arabic, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0WO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill Vo. I, Independence Day) star in this hard-hitting action film about justice and revenge. Van Damme stars as former Desert Storm special forces solider Phillip Sauvage. Sauvage is hired by a retired World Heavyweight champion turned wealthy entrepreneur, Wayne Barclay, to protect him and his family against a powerful rap music mogul and thug who has just been released from prison and is out to seek revenge against Barclay- the person that put him behind bars. To assist in the protection of the family, Sauvage sets up a team of young fighters and former soldiers who become "The Hard Corps."

Product Description

Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vivica A. Fox, Raz Adoti, Viv Leacock, Peter Bryant
Director: Sheldon Lettich
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Wayne's world 5 Mar 2014
Philip Sauvage is a Combat Vet who's just spent the last 3 years fighting in Afghanistan and 'Eyeraq', who is hired to be a bodyguard to a former World Heavyweight Boxing champ to protect him and his family against a Rap Music Mogul.

He sets up a team called "The Hard Corps", complications arise when the boxer suspects that his sister may be in love with the bodyguard...

So Van Damme plays yet another damaged being who is hired to protect some people, but this this time, it's a little more street trhan anything he's done before.

Van Damme is as good as he always is, and Fox puts in a reasonable performance, it's just a shame that the film relies on stereotypical villains who walk with a swagger and hold their gun at a silly angle (Van Damme actually picks someone up on this).

Lettich directs the action at an adequate pace, and it's one of the better Direct to DVD efforts he has done, but then we have the silly romantic sub-plot that gets in the way of the narrative.

It's pretty pointless and adds no depth to the story, they could have left fox's character out and focus more on the Rap moguls character and fleshing his back story out more.

Not a bad effort, Van Damme fans will be pleased.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
JCVD has made plenty of crappy movies since the glory days of Bloodsport and Kickboxer. Hard Corps is a prime example. The only possible defense I can think of is that it actually gets better as it progresses. The problem with this defense is that it starts off being completely and utterly terrible, and then slowly progresses to being just plain bloody awful. The storyline (kind of) goes -
Our hero - Phil (JCVD) has been trained to run sideways while firing a machine gun. This skill has made him a war hero (but also a villain if you believe the terrorists version of events). He spends his days sitting on his bed daydreaming about running sideways while firing a machine gun. One day, he decides to take the job of protecting the heavy weight boxing champion of the world (who is only slightly bigger than an average man but has beaten Mike Tyson to a pulp in the past). Some rapper dude wants to bump off the champ and it's up to Phil to save the champ not only from death, but also his own stupidity. The champ goes clubbing even though he knows that he will probably be massacred at some point during the evening. Luckily Phil sees what's happening and quickly runs sideways while firing a machine gun, saving the day and becoming a hero in the eyes of the champs sister. Phil knows that the champ will be mincemeat if he's not always ready to run sideways while firing a machine gun. The champ goes to see his girlfriend but it's an ambush. Phil cannot run sideways (because he is standing in a doorway) so he stands still and fires his machine gun instead. The champ says that this breaches the terms and conditions of their contract and then tells Phil to leave town or else. Phil tells the champ that he wants to settle this dispute in a bare knuckle no holds barred fight to the death.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Let me just start by saying i am a fan of Van Damme`s action based films and i am only speaking from the perspective of the impressive films hes done in the past ie: Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Universal Soldier, Wake Of Death etc.. so we know what Van Damme is capable of in terms of film making to make an impressive action film.. sadly this isnt and its a shame because the premise is quite promising and could have been something good but its let down by (again) poor directing. I know the director gave us AWOL and Double Impact but this is far too luke warm to be on the same level as those classic films.
Firstly there is a scene that features a drive by shooting by a rival gang, there are at least 3 guns pointing out of the windows blazing bullets yet Van Damme can just stand up faceing them with no cover whatsoever and return fire with a machine gun and not get hit once? This kind of action scene repeats itself in other areas of the film and really dispells the belief that he used to be a soldier and also makes you disengage yourself from the story thats being portrayed.
Other scenes such as taking direct hits from a professional boxer with no gloves on, yet still managing to get back up again several times! And later after this scene in the film showing only a few cuts to his face? Surely his face would have been swollen up, black eyes and everything but then maybe i am being a little bit fussy but i did find myself watching in disbelief many times through the film at such superhuman abilities that i slowly just accepted it as the equivalent of a tv movie with a few half decent action scenes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Look, no one buys or rents this kind of film expecting high concept, high budget movie-making. If you're even looking at it then you surely aren't expecting Steven Spielberg!

So it's unfair to criticise a straight-to-dvd B-movie for its obvious drawbacks. There's only so much you can do with a limited budget.

The Hard Corps uses its limited resources to the full, as far as I can see. The role is a really good one for Van Damme; he's no spring chicken any more but this character and scenario gives him an opportunity to shine as the short-talking, kick-boxing action man.

The script clunks along to start with and the set up for the main characters isn't original -- but it gets you into the plot pretty quick, and the gunfire starts flying within 15 minutes. And hey; you're watching this to be entertained, right?

The action is based in urban American gangsta-rapper land, so you should expect a smattering of string bikinis and gold lame shorts (on the girls! Not Van Damme. Obviously), and plenty of mf-ing language. Plus heaps of semi-automatic gunfire and a stand up fight between Jean Claude and a boxer whose 15 years younger than him. Oh, and a pack of rottweilers eating a bad guy.

What's not to like?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not his best
good action film but definitely not his best. lack of real action let this down but a good supporting cast
Published 7 months ago by john
2.0 out of 5 stars comedy Van Damme
Not really hard corps more joke corps. Van Damme acts as a tough guy but does little and its a joke throughout as he makes poor judgements continuously.
Published 13 months ago by A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Never seen it!
I bought this for my mother in law who is a major Van Damme fine.I hear it is good though.
Published on 6 July 2009 by Mr. A. J. Ralph
2.0 out of 5 stars You need to be a 'hard core' fan for this one...
Van Damme is an actor who has a huge loyal following (me being one of them) and as such is able to continue making films, albeit straight to sale. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2007 by S. LEECH
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Average Van Damme film
Average Van Damme film tbh, nothing special.
The only standout fight scene is when he fights the boxer .... The scene Last around about 5mins and tbh it kinda dragged. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2007 by PeterL
2.0 out of 5 stars An OK straight to DVD release
Jean Claude Van Damme, the "Muscles from Brussels" has always been a so-so actor, saved completely by some top quality martial arts action that he is so good at. Read more
Published on 2 July 2007 by Dr Evil
1.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme's worst?
Who's idea was it to link an unknown, stupid looking, rubbish acting so-called rapper, an unconvincing boxer who can't act, and an actor who should be kicking in his movies rather... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2007 by C-man
1.0 out of 5 stars straight to video
Yep straight to video is what it should be, not even DVD because it is very bad. No wonder wesley snipes pulled out of this film, its too ckliche'd and just terrible. Read more
Published on 29 April 2007 by soulbro28
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD EFFORT
Like wake of the death and the replicant this movie shows a more mature JVC, and that is a wise move since the guy is well in his 40's after all. Read more
Published on 23 April 2007 by Stu (PSN: Funeral-Bringer)
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