At the budget is one of the best movie of last year, my grade is the maximum. Van Damme has an unforgettable performance! (by adrianodiastorres)
My grade for this movie was 10 excellent , because even with a limited budget of 10 million dollars Director Ernie Barbarash managed to make a wonderful movie, a movie much better than many films I've seen over the past decade and even year we are. The story despite being good, could have been used in a better way, but it is nonetheless engaging. What most impressed me about this film is the work of Jean-Claude Van Damme shows that there really is a great prejudice of the major studios with him, because the guy every movie shows that he has talent, who can act, which is a great actor, <more>
but people are prejudiced in his early films, he was not so good performance in the question, but if surpassed by their performance in fights and action scenes. Van Damme over time just came to improve their way of working, which is showing a great actor for drama in his last film role that usually always has a dramatic story behind. 6 Bullets is an action movie with drama and suspense fantastic, not shot anything he said, I just think it's time to return to Hollywood enchergar this myth and hero of martial arts and action movies, and my prayers and hopes Van Damme is to return to the top of the world. Michael Jackson said: "They say the sky is the limit, but I wait to see beyond it". I hope Van Damme reach this level of success because he deserves for being talented and his humility.
Van Damme is absolutely brilliant in this film. Yes it was in the vein of, "Taken" but 6 Bullets stands on it's own merits. I gave this a 10 out of 10, because I just didn't expect it to be as good as it was. I watch every Van Damme film and normally I enjoy them, but this one is one of his better films since JCVD. All of the actors were very, very good and the story was good as well. Human Trafficking is one of the sickest things on this planet and it's movies like this that inform people and hopefully, more people will do something in real life to stop this stuff. <more>
Thanks Van Damme for bringing your "A" game. It's good to know that even though you're over 50, you've still got it dude! Great job!
Best of Jean-Claude Van Damme action-packed film in years! (by ivo-cobra8)
Disclaimer: If you are a viewer that mainly prefers art-house-type movies, then you might as well ignore this review. In addition, if you're not able to take a Van Damme direct to video solid action flick, ignore this review, as well. We'll both be better off.Before I go to this movie this is my final review on IMDb of Jean-Claude Van Damme, my marathon that I was doing: I always loved Jean-Claude Van Damme movies to death, I love the actor and I am his biggest fan. Sylvester Stallone will be the first action star that I love and Van Damme will be the second actor that I love and the <more>
third one will be Arnold Schwarzenegger. I have grown up watching Van Damme movies from the late 80's to his golden years 90's and I still I am watching his movies today direct to videos today. Six Bullets 2012 is definitely one of the best Van Damme action movies that went direct to video. My favorite Direct to video movies will be Replicant, The Order, In Hell, Wake of Death and this one Six Bullets. Because I just love this movie to death I love it so much. I have enjoyed this movie so much than ever and I still do. Six Bullets rapidly became one of my favorite Jean-Claude Van Damme movies; it tells the story of Samson Gaul, an ex-mercenary known for finding missing children who is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter whose daughter has been kidnapped. It's basically JCVD doing a hard R version of Taken and has plenty of bone-crunching action and tension galore. Plot: An ex-mercenary Samson Gaul Jean-Claude Van Damme known for finding missing children is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter Andrew Fayden Joe Flanigan whose daughter has been kidnapped.Jean-Claude gives a great performance as Samson and there are some nice Father/Son moments between him and Kris Van Damme. JCVD has long since perfected the role of the tortured soul as he's been doing it for the past decade, but there was something different about Samson that makes me want to see more of him.When dealing with this subject matter Human Trafficking , you're not about to have one-liners and humor every 2 seconds as that would have been crass. The approach is intelligent, well paced, serious and there frankly wasn't a single bad line of dialogue in it. The opening 10 minutes are almost unbearably tense and more than a little disturbing. Fear not though, there are no rape scenes in the movie: like Taken you don't need to see anything and it's all left to the imagination. I really like this movie much to my surprise actually , and yes, it is MILES better than Taken 2 and 3, and I don't give a damn what anyone says, it's also much better than bore fest that is Equalizer. Some good direction, acting was good enough, still I think that actors did a good job, specially Van Damme and when it was there, action was also well directed. And ending was one of Van Damme's best bad ass moments in my opinion. It could have used more action and Van Damme. This movie made me thinking that Six Bullets could be considered as Van Damme's version of the Punisher.While not as good as Taken, I'd rather watch this than Taken 3. I thought this was a pretty good decent flick. Good story, good actors, good action. Despite the low budget, there are some good set pieces, and the film is pretty slick. There are some good fight scenes, and plenty of opportunities to see that old Van Damme sparkle. What surprises most though, is JC's acting in this film. He plays his part really well, and i was really buying into his tortured soul, and the pain of his guilt. OK, its not the kind of thing to really stretch an actor, but given Van Dammes background and previous work, I was taken aback at how well he came across on screen. Its fair to say that the box's claim that its "the best Van Damme movie in years" is not far short of the mark. For Van Damme fans, you'll be really pleased. For everyone else, its a watchable thriller. t is the most action-packed film in years! One of the biggest surprises in the movie was Joe Flanigan who was great as the desperate father willing to do anything to get his daughter back. He definitely has the potential to become the next big action star. Ernie Barbarash did a good job directing this movie, at least the film was so much better than Assassination Games and Pound of Flesh, I like Pound of Flash, but I just love 6 bullets much more. Overall: This movie get's by a solid 10, because I have enjoy it a lot and the film to me felt more realistic than Taken 2 & 3. I will get this movie on Blu-ray next month and 6 Bullets is yet further proof that Straight to DVD/Blu-ray movies are where real action fans can find the movies we've been waiting for. It's one of the best films JCVD has done in recent years and will easily make my top ten list JCVD of the year. Six Bullets is a 2012 American action film directed by Ernie Barbarash, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joe Flanigan, Anna-Louise Plowman, and Charlotte Beaumont. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on September 11, 2012.10/10 Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval Studio: Motion Picture Corporation of America Rodin Entertainment Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joe Flanigan, Anna-Louise Plowman, Charlotte Beaumont, Steve Nicolson, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Bianca Van Varenberg, Uriel Emil Pollack Director: Ernie Barbarash Producer: Brad Krevoy Screenplay: Chad Law Evan Law Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 55 Mins. Budget: $10.000.000
Really enjoyed this film, I didn't know what to expect but it held my attention throughout. OK the story had lots of holes and not all the characters were as believable as they could be, but hey this is not meant to be Shakespeare. As a good action movie it delivers and JCVD is great. He is one of the few Martial arts actors who can actually act and not just fight people.In some ways the story is a bit like the Liam Neeson film Taken. The villains are suitably evil and I did find myself routing for the girl, along with the frustration of shouting at the screen when she did something <more>
silly.But if you like good action films and just want a few hours entertainment I would recommend this movie.
Gritty, tough, and one of JCVD's all-time best! (by jeremyfredrikson)
Wow! This movie kicks some major backside from start to finish! There are always going to be mental midgets who will dismiss straight to DVD films as "lesser" works not to be taken seriously since they didn't have a theatrical run, and dipsticks who will say "Van Damme looks like hell" since he no longer resembles the clean cut "Muscle & Fitness" flex model or the mullet haired winking ladies' man that he was in some of his earlier films, but those boxed in clowns are missing out on some great action flicks. Unlike Steven Seagal, Van Damme is still <more>
hungry as an artist and his enthusiasm for making better, more serious films is extremely commendable. I'll give a brief synopsis of 6 BULLETS followed by why it's a major success for both JCVD and a must-see for his fans. Van Damme plays "The Butcher", a mercenary for hire. His current mission is to find and rescue a young boy who's been kidnapped and held captive in an underage sex slavery operation in Moldova, an Eastern European nation not unknown for major underground criminal activities. The butcher analyzes, infiltrates, annihilates, and obliterates everyone he meets who is involved in this industry with no mercy. Unfortunately, this particular rescue operation will come back to haunt him, forcing him into retirement, the bottle, and a bitter, empty shell of his former self. Shortly after these incidents, an American family of three checks into a nearby hotel. The father is a former MMA champion looking to make a comeback in a bout taking place in Moldova. That fight never occurs as he and his wife tragically discover that their daughter has gone missing, believed to have been abducted from the hotel. They look everywhere for her and are told by good authority to look for the butcher to help. Despite their pleas, the butcher refuses to help, his personal demons having turned him into a prisoner of inaction. The father tries to find the girl by himself and gets into one hell of a fight at a seedy strip club. The butcher finds himself unable to sit idly by and he eventually consents to help the couple locate their daughter. What follows are some very realistic and brutal scenes that would fit perfectly into any higher budget theatrical suspense release. There are vicious crime bosses, hard headed police chiefs, sexy strippers, frightened underage captive girls, a tough as nails mother willing to do anything to get her little girl back, clever surveillance methods and trickery, savage knife fights, knock down use anything bar style brawls, pulse pounding gun play, motorcycles, car explosions, gross out gore, and massive firepower. Van Damme is no longer just a guy who flexes his muscles and shouts "come on" after getting knocked down and then becoming a HeMan for no reason. He's a real human being, filled with emotional flaws and complexity...not to mention an on screen fighting presence and skills that induce yelps of awe from excited viewers. 6 BULLETS' villains are heinous, the heroic couple is wholeheartedly worth rooting for, and the daughter portrays the innocence of these victims with brilliant courage. This movie looks like and is a high quality action/suspense film that can be thoroughly enjoyed by those who don't even like martial arts and/or who have a negative preconceived notion of Van Damme. This is a film on a par with TAKEN, SKYFALL, and EXPENDABLES 2 in terms of sheer audience involvement/enjoyment if not in terms of gloss and money heck, I enjoyed 6 BULLETS better than SKYFALL in totality and it's much more serious in tone than EXPENDABLES 2 was which may make it a better night's pick depending on viewer mood . Straight to DVD is no longer a term that applies to films that weren't good enough for theaters. It is a genre unto itself, made for expressly such a purpose, and is brimming with more than just a few "better than theater title" gems out there just waiting to be seen. Most of these movies simply would not rake in huge profits at the theater which is why the direct to DVD market exists...and that's not a bad thing. The majority of people nowadays only pay big bucks in mass for things like the TWILIGHT, HARRY POTTER, and TRANSFORMERS series and all-star cast films, and the same number of folks will simply never show up to the movie theater to watch a 50 plus year old Van Damme solo vehicle no matter the film. Martial arts film stars' big box office lives are simply short run. Heck, many people just don't go for that kind of movie. Still, that very fact allows these kinds of movies to survive and thrive many times even more so...except for Steven Seagal who's straight to DVD fare has been wildly uneven which has been extremely frustrating for his fans via straight to DVD which is a very good thing since Hollywood has a way of stinking up good things fast. I honestly think that 6 BULLETS is every bit as good if not better than many current big budget blockbuster action flicks. If you liked JCVD in EXPENDABLES 2, you owe it to yourself to check this out. There's less star power, less tongue in cheek camaraderie, less things blowing up on a grand scale, but much more emotional involvement and much more Van Damme. I loved it! PS: This has nothing to do with Van Damme, but THE TOURNAMENT co-starring Kelly Hu is another rip-roaring straight to DVD martial arts/action/suspense film that is absolutely fantastic and definitely worth a rental.
One of the best action thriller movies I 've seen! The story is good, full of twist there is no single boring scene.
I was TAKEN by surprise!!! (by bitea2002)
Let me be as direct as possible: this movie rocks!!! I know most people are expecting a cheap movie with flat dialogues and average acting but this film will certainly surprise many. OK, you won't have Academy Awards performances but the actors did a good job. The action is well executed and the plot line captivating enough. I believe that Joe Flanigan made his character believable and convincing enough. Plowman was also decent as the mum looking for her kidnapped daughter. Overall I give "6 Bullets" a solid eight. It is good fun. Van Damme is BACK!!!
JCVD has another hit on his hands (by movieman_kev)
Jean-Claude Van Damme shines as Samson Gual, an ex-mercenary haunted by tragic accidents of his past job who seeks to redeem himself when he's approached by a MMA fighter who seeks Gual's help in getting his fourteen year old daughter back after she's abducted by sex traffickers.While a bit hokey in places and some of the acting by the bit players leaving much to be desired, all the major characters do a very adequate job and the action scenes are very good. I found myself enjoying this "Taken"-esque film quite a bit. JCVD indeed has another winner on his hands.
Above Average for a direct to DVD movie, an upswing for Van Damme (by mdfaraone)
Finally ! Van Damme seems to be getting his act together and putting out a better product. This is one of the best "straight to video" movies he has done, kind of on par with Desert Heat and Legionaire, and dare I say almost good enough that it could have had a theatrical release. The plot borrows heavily from "Taken" and a few other movies but is pulled off well and JCVD is in good physical shape for this film, despite his haggard face. Could have used a bit more hand to hand fight scenes, but what we are given is filmed well. Definitely worth a view if you are a Van <more>
Damme fan, something that couldn't be said for most of his movies made in the 2000s. Let's hope he can maintain this momentum and have a bit of career resurgence like Stallone.