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The Hard Corps (2006)

An Army veteran assembles a team of bodyguards to protect a former boxer. Complications arise when the boxer suspects his sister may be romantically involved with the bodyguard.

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Sheldon Lettich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Philippe Sauvage
Razaaq Adoti ... Wayne Barclay (as Raz Adoti)
Vivica A. Fox ... Tamara Barclay
Peter Bryant ... Mullins
Ron Bottitta ... Detective Teague
Viv Leacock ... Terrell Singletery
Adrian Holmes ... Cujo
Mark Griffin ... Casey Bledsoe
Ron Selmour ... Simcoe (as Ronald Selmour)
Aaron Au ... Kim
Dexter Bell ... High Dog
Julian Christopher ... Clarence Bowden (as Julian D. Christopher)
Nneka Croal ... Jessie Otero
Sharon Amos ... Lydia
Doron Bell ... Leonard (as Doron Bell Jr.)
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Storyline

Jean-Claude will be playing a Combat Vet who's just spent the last 3 years fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, who is hired to be a bodyguard to a former World Heavyweight Boxing champ to protect him and his family against a Rap Music Mogul. He sets up a team called "The Hard Corps", complications arise when the boxer suspects that his sister may be in love with the bodyguard. Written by Brunnen Matt

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Justice just hit the streets.

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Apeili apo to parelthon See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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In an interview with Crave Online, Don Wilson claims he not only worked on and pitched the script with director Sheldon Lettich, but was also set to star. Wilson states that he had been searching for a producer to finance the film when he called Lettich months later and found out that not only had his role been recast with Jean-Claude Van Damme, but filming was nearly complete. See more »

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When Terrell reaches into the desk drawer where the two .45 handguns lay and pulls one out and racks the slide to load a round, the camera stays on the gun and the clip is empty as no round gets loaded. See more »

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Entertaining Van Damme/Lettich collaboration.
30 August 2006 | by argentobuffSee all my reviews

Hard Corps reunites Jean-Claude Van Damme with frequent collaborator Sheldon Lettich for the 4th time.The first time was 1991's Lionheart,followed by the classic Double impact,until 2001's interesting,but flawed The Order.Hard Corps is a nice return to form for the talented director who should clearly be making more movies than he has.

On one side we have battle-traumatized soldier Phillip Savuage(JCVD) who lands a gig as a bodyguard to a head-strong(but well to due) Boxer named Barclay(Raz Adoti) all the while answering to his sister played by Vivica Fox.Tensions arise when a Gangster with an army of thugs put away by Barclay is released from jail wanting serious payback.Can Savauge rise to occasion?

The production looks like a medium-budget movie.Good photography and locations add to the "american" look of the movie.

We get a lot of character detail.Some nice fights.especially the Savauge/Barclay throw-down.Some nice humor involving rap music form critic Savuage.A rather Macabe scene that revolves around the "feeding" of Singleterry's dogs.

HCs gives JCVD a fully rounded character for once.There is a nice sub-plot that is handled very well involving his character's battle record and misplaced guilt.He still has the chops that developed very well at the start of Replicant and shined through WoD.He is a way more subtle here though.Why can't Hollywood see this?

Vivica Fox is very commanding and reactive.Charming as well.She has some nice Chemistry with JCVD.Shame she does not get to go Kill Bill for a few scenes though.Raz Adoti is very likable as the Boxer-turned-entrepreneur.He gets better in every movie he is in. As gangster Singleterry Viv Leacock gets to set on the sidelines and bark orders and does not make that imposing of a villain.That part is left to the imposing Ron Selmore.The supporting cast is good.

The only real fault is that the action scenes are far and few between scenes.At 110 minutes you would think there would be more.A lot of opportunities end up wasted.I was expecting a little more myself after some of the stand-out action seen in Hell and WOD.

However no bad CGI Trains,helicopters,Jets,Moths,or bad slow-motion is nice for once.

7.5/10


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