Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, rated R, 97 minutes
JCVD is an original and surprisingly touching action film about Jean-Claude Van Damme who, while in a custody battle with his wife and dealing with tax problems, is caught up in a bank robbery. Van Damme, in probably his best performance, brings all the pain of reality into his role as himself, culminating in one brutal and impressive monologue. The action scenes are uniquely done and technically spectacular, but the focus of the film is more on the characters. JCVD does have a few too many cliches and some odd humor, but overall it's a memorable and exciting film that brought Van Damme back from the dead. You'll like it if: You like crime films, self-referential films, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Inside Man, The Limey or Universal Soldier.