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Beautifully shot movie
on 8 February 2004
I must pay my dues to the first two reviews. If it wasn't for them, I would not have written what you are about to read. Granted, this does not appear to be a place where the film critics mark their territory with their DNA. Nonetheless, these reviews do seem to affect the choices we consumers make when shopping for films.
There is one star in this film and this star is Laura Elena Harring. Let me explain. In nearly all of his films, Jean Claude Van Damme (JC) represents an extreme end of male character, which is relentless, brutal, often desperate and invariably violent. For a film to be ‘edible’ however, that masculinity needs to be balanced by the opposite - the feminine side. Laura accomplishes this task perfectly. She is a strong woman, a fighter (connection with JC), and a very sexy one too (the opposite of JC). Somehow, putting these two actors together instantly created a dynamic balance. This balance could result in anything and therefore was very interesting to watch. In the scene where JC's wife caught him with Laura on the train, JC didn't appear to do much, but Laura played it so beautifully (what a mover she is) - to me, one of best scenes of dramatic irony ever.
The story is very skilfully told. In my opinion, there are no jump shots - action flows from one scene to another. Considering the use of model trains, putting it all together so that is works is a real art.
The fight scenes are amazing. JC simply is superb as is everyone else. JC's real life son stands out as a character in the film and you can see and feel the bond between them.
I rented the DVD from blockbusters, enjoyed watching it, and then went and bought one.