Jean Claude Van Damme
A bunch of no-names
Action driven from beginning to end with countless twists in its storyline, all kinds of “kaboom” and a slew of extensive shootouts, Second in Command was far from boring and it made for an okay time waster. Van Damme himself was the best actor of the lot and once again proved that he’s now on top of his game when it comes to Grade performances. Age has done the lad well and he has never had so much presence onscreen. I just expected more than your average "Nu Image-ish" action flick from the Muscles of Brussels at his point.
Cheap looking (those pathetically CG helicopter had to go), with shoddy slow motion and shot in a “get that coverage and make sense of it in the cutting room” way, this baby felt a B Movie trying to be more than it is, as opposed to a B Movie that embraced what it is. Filmed on a grand scale, the lack of coin, locations and the bah approach to the action scenes dragged the film down. I need more than a medium shot of a bad guy shooting followed up by medium shot of a good guy shooting back to be stimulated by gunfights. Sadly that was the bulk of this film’s MO action wise, hence making it all “just there” instead of gripping.
The film’s other big sin was the underused of Van Damme! He wasn’t present enough within the storyline, didn’t partake in a sufficient amount of action and his final “hand to hand” fight was a ho hum to say the least. What should’ve been a return to “helicopter kick madness” a la “Cyborg” became a badly shot and way too short rendition of what JCVD used to do best. Yup Second in Command was disappointing for this HUGE Van Damme fan…bummer...