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action film with heart,
This review is from: A.W.O.L Absent Without Leave (AWOL) [DVD] (DVD)
I loved this film as a teenager. It doesn't have a big budget, the script is basic, the action sometimes formulaic, but it makes up for its faults with a palpable heart, helped by Van Damme's sensitive performance. Veering away from what could easily have been a run-of-the-mill revenge story the plot follows Leon's struggle to provide for his destitute sister-in-law and reconcile with her although she blames him for his brother's fate. 'Cynthia' makes a cold villainess, all porcelein skin and sneering smiles. Harrison Page is a likeable sidekick. The last fight scene against Attila (who reminds me of John Travolta crossed with a giant werewolf) is heart-pounding, and the final scene makes me come over all emotional. They don't make 'em like this anymore. An example of enjoyable b-movie-making when Van Damme was at his peak.