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The Eagle Path Has Landed
New Van Damme trailer online!

21 July 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Twitch

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The Eagle Path Has Landed

There are some really good Jean-Claude Van Damme films. No, there are. Hard Target. Universal Soldier. Kim Newman likes Sudden Death. Earlier this year, the muscles from Brussels had a bit of a critical renaissance. And now here’s the trailer for The Eagle Path, like JCVD never happened.

If it undoes that sterling work however, JC only has himself to blame, since The Eagle Path is Van Damme’s second directorial outing. Or, as Wikipedia currently has it, “Jean Claude is the Director an Writer of the mvoie an he also Director of the movie called the Quest that with he star in that movie in 1996”. JC is also credited as editor, with his father Eugene producing, and children Kristopher and Bianca co-starring.

The cleverest thing about the trailer is the way it mirrors the trajectory of most JC movies, in that it’s quite boring for the first two thirds, and reasonably entertaining when it gets violent towards the end.

The plot appears to see JC playing a character called Frenchy - surely Belgy would be more accurate - on a kill-crazy rampage in the name of love. We’d like nothing better than for this to turn out to be the greatest epic of battle and romance since The Iliad.

But what seems likely, given the evidence on display here, is that we’re firmly back in DTV territory, after JCVD’s detour into meta-narrative, self-examination and the Belgian post office. The Eagle Path looks very much to have been shot on the cheap and peopled with actors – aside from the Van Varenberg clan, obviously - we will never see again. Are we wrong, or does somebody at one point say “Welcome to Waitrose”?

Happily though, there’s a lot of blood flying around. And notice that, in a couple of shots, JC has a moustache.  What’s that about? Are they flashbacks, or is this another of his trademark dual-roles, as previously seen in Double Impact, Maximum Risk and Replicant? We know we’ll probably be disappointed, but, for our sins, we’re still actually really looking forward to finding out.


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Posted by thedon786 at 16:03 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Back to the eighties....
Anybody else agree that this film as an 'classic' action eighties feel to it? and lets not deny it even though most of them were crap we did enjoy them!? More

Posted by stephenhinton at 21:19 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

Hard Target = Fantastic
"Even poor people get bored" and it has Lance Henrikson and The Mummy. ~ Classic!!! More

Posted by SpiderBat at 19:24 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

typical jcvd trailer.. trailer given so much away , there's no need to watch the film :-\ More

Posted by jimbaf at 17:06 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

Sooooo...... He turns down a role in The Expendables, and then does this? Nice one, Johnny... More

Posted by The Jackal at 11:09 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

DTV Hell!!!!
can't believe JCVD is back to doing crap!!! I wish he had a part in the expendables, why not Sly, Why??? JCVD is a legend (kind of) and really should at least try and get back into main stream movies, especially after his movie JCVD, instead of TRYING to direct................. Cos I really don't meen to mean, but u get my point!!!! come on Jean your better than this!!! More

Posted by dragonINC at 09:32 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

Is it me or is JCVD starting to resemble Robetr Downey Jr in that trailer? More

Posted by Biggus at 09:21 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

I'm sorry you had me at Hard Target being a good film... More

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