Six Bullets

Six Bullets

Ernie Barbarash (2012)

109min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There are shades of Taken in this gritty and thought-provoking kidnap tale, as guilt-ridden ex-mercenary Jean-Claude Van Damme helps an implausibly hands-on American couple rescue their teenage daughter from Eastern European sex traffickers. Re-united with his Assassination Games director Ernie Barbarash, the ageing star continually impresses, combining solid dramatic skills with his still-slick action moves. So while JC's ferocious knife fights, hard kicks and gunplay deliver plenty of high-octane thrills, it's his rarely seen emotional depth that really lifts the direct-to-DVD feature above cliché and increasingly far-fetched plotting. Refreshingly straightforward visuals and a restrained score prove additional strengths, with Barbarash emphasising the seriousness and ugliness of his central themes over gung-ho spectacle. Consequently, the climax could have been stronger, nevertheless this is still one of Van Damme's best films in years.

Summary

A mercenary turns his back on violence when his final mission goes tragically wrong, leaving him with innocent blood on his hands. He is offered the chance of redemption when a mixed martial arts fighter needs help rescuing his kidnapped daughter from a criminal network. Action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Joe Flanigan.

Cast & Crew

Samson Gaul Jean-Claude Van Damme
Andrew Fayden Joe Flanigan
Monica Fayden Anna-Louise Plowman
Becky Fayden Charlotte Beaumont
Insp Kvitko Steve Nicolson
Vlad Uriel Emil Pollack
Stelu Louis Dempsey
Bogdanov Mark Lewis
Director Ernie Barbarash
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD
Drama