In The Bouncer, Jean-Claude Van Damme gets a little too rough as a bouncer in a brawl and soon finds himself an informant for Interpol. The action thriller is on TV this Thursday – but only in a shortened form!
If Jean-Claude Van Damme has proven anything over the past few years, it is that he is not only able to muster a great deal of self-mockery, but also that he is a gifted actor. In addition to the series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson”, which can currently be streamed via Amazon Prime Video, this fact also proves “The Bouncer”. The actioner airs today, March 31, at 8:15 p.m. on Tele 5.
But beware: Due to his FSK-16 rating, today’s TV broadcast of “The Bouncer” is cut. If you prefer to watch the film in the uncut version, you can get the Blu-ray and DVD via Amazon:
That’s what “The Bouncer” is about
Ex-bodyguard Lukas (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is pushed into a dangerous double life. Everything went according to plan for him: In order to be able to support himself and his daughter, Lukas works as a bouncer in a nightclub. On a Friday evening, however, his life is suddenly turned upside down when a drunk guest causes problems. When that guest loses control completely, Lukas becomes violent and inflicts a life-threatening head injury on him.
From now on, Lukas is forced to work in a strip club to avoid being discovered by the police. But the investigators from Interpol have long since found out about him. Instead of putting him under lock and key, they make him an offer he can’t refuse: Lukas should work as an informant. In return, he could go back to his daughter…
Intense action thriller with a strong Van Damme
The official DashFUN review gave “The Bouncer” a solid 3 out of 5 stars. Our author Lutz Granert writes in his conclusion: “’The Bouncer’ is a rock-solid thriller that suffers from some script weaknesses, but comes up with a Jean-Claude Van Damme that is as good as it has been in what feels like forever. An absolute must, at least for JCVD fans!”
In fact, Jean-Claude Van Damme puts on an exceedingly ambitious performance that grants “The Bouncer” more depth than the script actually indicates: “How he grimly expresses his inner conflicts against a punching bag, how he works out with aching muscles […] plagues around, or how he slowly opens up in careful dialogues, is perhaps not the greatest of acting skills. But it’s still a lot stronger than anything else Van Damme has delivered in the last ten years.”
The action in “The Bouncer” is also impressive, which is mainly due to the excellent camera work by Robrecht Heyvaert. Oftentimes, the fights unleash an agonizingly intense immediacy that has washed away. The scene in which Lukas literally has to fight with five other applicants for the job as a bouncer in the strip club is an example of this. So Van Damme lovers should take a look – but please watch the uncut version!