This feels more like an 80s film and it's all the better for it.
Not much of a plot, just a set-up.
It was called A.W.O.L. in England which is a better name by the way. Anyways, JCVD goes A.W.O.L. from the foreign Legion after his brother's death, and gets involved in an underground fighting scene to help his brother's family out with money.
Lots of high kicks and action and most of the film feels like it's building for a big Rocky-ish finale.
Fun for fans, newer audiences would probably dismiss it.
JCVD was the man of our generation.
I feel so sorry you guys didn't have the pleasure to enjoy it with eyes of our generation. Today's eyes wouldn't appreciate it the action movies of the 80's and 90's
Lyon (Van Damme) is a member of the French Foreign Legion who decides to go A.W.O.L. (Absent Without Leave), when his brother is seriously injured in a drug deal. Lyon decides to enter the world of illegally street fighting to raise the money for his brother's hospital bills as well as to help his brother's family.
Van Damme has never been great at acting but he pulls of a decent performance here and his raw power & charisma comes through. The fight sequences are nicely choreographed and are a pleasure to watch. This was made at the time where the cheesiness of his roles disappeared while appearing in a good film but before he was giving decent performances in terrible but watchable films.
The plot is basic & works, the action is raw & enjoyable, & the script is solid. All in an enjoyable film that sadly should be better known as it features one of Van Damme's better performances. Known as A.W.O.L. In the UK.
Without doubt one of my favourite early(ish) Van Damme movies that is so much more like Street fighter the video game than the actual Street fighter film. This is nuts and bolts late 80's early 90's action B-movie fun right from the very beginning. Van Damme is on physical top form with some impressive moves from the many fights featured, the story is good simple action movie stuff, and even though this is clearly a lowish budgeted film it's always watchable and entertaining. Performance wise this isn't anything of course worth speaking of, but Harrison Page is good fun as the sleazy manager, while Deborah Rennard gets plenty of screen time wearing some of the periods' more curious fashions. Overall any true of Mr Damme should certainly check this out.