Its good to see that Van Damme is at last seeing sense and going back to what most fans want to see of him, and thats well choreographed martial arts action.
The fight scenes are very good except i feel the slow motion kicks and slow motion take downs have been over used in this film, breaking the rhythm of some well choreographed action, which is a shame but can be forgiven.
The downsides to this film seem to come from the disproportionate amount of shoot outs that occur where bad guys are shot dead as if they were cardboard cut outs just fireing randomly into the air waiting to fall backwards across a car or wall etc.. maybe im a perfectionist but i just found these shoot outs quite mind numbing after a while and wanted more quality action and also take in the fact that some of the bad guys are ex special forces you just feel that they wouldnt just stand next to each other in the open, fireing off bullets continuously in any random direction at border patrol officers that seem to have the sense to take cover behind their cars?
On the positive side the martials scenes are the saving grace, the one in the diner inparticular made me feel glad to see Van Damme can still pull off his superfast martial arts skills. Also the end fight between Van Damme & Adkins is very good although somewhat short, maybe an extra minute wouldnt have done any harm?
Overall though a film worth watching, but mostly just for the martial arts scenes. Its not as good as Wake Of Death but it outshines the poor couple of films he starred in before this, the dreadful Until Death & The Hard Corps which are best left alone.