It’s been a while since we’ve seen the name Jean-Claude van Damme show up in trailers and posters. If you have no idea who he is, I’ll have you know that he was one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars back in the ’80s and ’90s. Of course, that title isn’t hard to earn if you’re JCVD especially when you have a legit competitive fighting career.
This Belgian actor is a retired martial artist. Before he dove deep into the Hollywood scene, he won plenty of matches (48 victories, 4 defeats in semi-contact matches). Ultimately, he used his fighting skills to land roles in action films. By then, he already established a name in the industry. Some of his notable movies include Bloodsport (1988), the Kickboxer franchise (1989-2018), Lionheart (1990), Double Impact (1991), Expendables 2 (2012), and more. He’s also been in Kung-Fu Panda 2 and 3, an animated film.
Return From Hiatus
Van Damme disappeared in the limelight for a while. However, now he’s back in the game with the movie We Die Young. He plays a war veteran who suffers from PTSD. If you check out the trailer, it would also seem like JCVD’s character has lost his ability to speak following a traumatic injury to the head.
The story revolves around a young boy who lives in the least desirable end of Washington, D.C. The town is well-known for high rate of criminal activities. More than that, Washington’s most dangerous gang operates in the area. Eventually, the boy ends up working for that gang’s top dog as a drug runner. After finding out that his younger brother is being asked to work for the same drug lord, he then asks help from the traumatized veteran.
This gritty action movie will surely have fans reliving the best moments of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s career. We get to experience once again JCVD’s high-intensity martial arts trademark that is of another quality compared to Schwarzenegger and Stallone. However, the film isn’t all just martial arts and gun fights. The movie hides a dramatic twist to it that gives the dramatic twist every movie goers love.
Lior Geller directs the film. Geller loosely based this film from his own short Roads. Roads follows the same plot but instead of the setting being in Israel, they moved it to Washington D.C. We Die Young will have a limited release in select theaters on March 1, 2019.