The Last Mercenary: What is this Netflix action comedy starring Van Damme?

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It is on Netflix that we can discover the latest film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, surrounded by a slew of actors and actresses devoted to having fun and making people laugh in an unprecedented action comedy. . “The Last Mercenary” is a must see for your fill of regressive delusions and fun action scenes!

The Last Mercenary : JCVD ​​comes to put a happy boxon

Available August 30, 2021 on Netflix, The Last Mercenary is an action comedy in line with the best that essentially American cinema could offer in the genre between the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s. Directed by David Charhon, to whom we owe in particular Cyprien and the other side of the ring-road, The Last Mercenary brings together a brilliant cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Alban Ivanov, Éric Judor and Patrick Timsit, accompanied by a young generation made up of Djimo, Assa Sylla and Samir Decazza.

The plot is as follows: following an error by an overzealous and not very smart official (Alban Ivanov), the young Archibald (Samir Decazza) finds himself wanted for trafficking in arms and drugs. Bad luck, this one is the son – but he ignores it – of a legendary secret agent, Richard Brumère (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The latter will return to France to save him, and at the same time bring to light a serious conspiracy. An adventure that will reserve explosive and fun adventures for this heterogeneous team.

The Last Mercenary © Netflix

The Last Mercenary is full of references, and we immediately feel the affection that David Charhon has for buddy movies way The lethal Weapon, as well as the taste for family adventure. Indeed, one of the qualities of the film is to find the family adventures of which Steven Spielberg was made the expert, as in AND for example. This is what the director wanted to find, by working the theme of filiation :

I wanted to rediscover the cinema I grew up with, adventures that are connected with the personal issues of the characters. “ET” is the story of an alien, but it is also the story of a family. It was the time, there were much stronger connections to family issues, while also putting them in great action. I wanted to come back to that, and deal with the relationship of filiation. So me, who loves this cinema, when I speak of parentage, it gives “The Last Mercenary”! (laughs)

A great admirer of Jean-Claude Van Damme (but who is not?), David Charhon proposed to the iconic actor of the action cinema of the 80s and 90s to join the project, which he quickly had. accepted, with the desire to make comedy.

The Last Mercenary
The Last Mercenary © Netflix

A light and reconciling action comedy

The Last Mercenary jokes and action sequences at a breakneck pace, it goes all over the place and it farts in all corners. But with this objective: to offer a light, happy cinema, that we can watch as a family and that has something reconciling. This is a salient point when we perceive the treatment of the city in which Archibald lives. A city, as the characters themselves say, which is “the quietest in Europe”.

In the 70s and 80s, the situation was different, the communities lived together, the Jews, the Arabs, there was no problem. It was like that, really, the fracture came later. So I wanted to show that too, and above all to show a youth who struggles a bit, yes, but who works, who gets by, with complicity, cohesion. We are often shown splits in groups, I wanted to show that it was not just that. And since the film will be shown around the world, it seemed important to me not to fall into the cliché of the Parisian cities. Violence exists, it is real, but it’s not just that.

The Last Mercenary, with his colorful characters, actors and actresses like Patrick Timsit and Miou-Miou, obviously Jean-Claude Van Damme, who have built their careers during the past century, succeeds his happy nostalgia where credibility is secondary to the spectacle delivered by a funny storyline as well as an uninhibited and often funny action. Van Damme disguises himself a lot, fights with the same energy, enjoys playing self-mockery, has fun with himself.

The Last Mercenary
The Last Mercenary © Netflix

And to celebrate this spirit, the tenors of humor like Alban Ivanov and Éric Judor – and Nassim Si Ahmed, always so hysterical and hilarious – are having a great time. See Ivanov run in his underwear on a scooter in the middle of Paris, between tatanes distributed cheerfully by the legend JCVD, it does not really have a price …

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