ⓘ The Hard Corps

                                     

ⓘ The Hard Corps

The Hard Corps is a 2006 American action film written and directed by Sheldon Lettich. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raz Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, and Peter Bryant. It is the fourth collaboration between Jean-Claude Van Damme and film director Sheldon Lettich. The film was released direct-to-DVD in the United States on August 15, 2006.

                                     

1. Plot

Phillip Sauvage Jean-Claude Van Damme is an American soldier suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sauvage snaps out of his stupor just long enough to join Clarence Bowden Julian D. Christopher, his former commanding officer, to work as a bodyguard for former World Heavyweight boxing champion and now successful businessman Wayne Barclay Raz Adoti.

It appears that the release of notorious rap mogul Terrell Singletery Viv Leacock from prison has caused Barclays worried sister Tamara Vivica A. Fox to take pro-active action by hiring Bowden and Sauvage, as Singletery has made threats in the past about doing away with the one man responsible for his incarceration Barclay himself.

The first night of bodyguard work does not go well for Sauvage and Bowden, as Bowden gets killed during an assassination attempt on Barclay by a Hummer full of Uzi-carrying gangbangers sent by Singletery. It is up to Sauvage to continue the fight, which means bringing in a reinforcement in his friend Casey Bledsoe Mark Griffin, and training some new recruits not of his choosing.

Intending to give back to the streets that taught him toughness, Barclay insists that Sauvage compose his team of bodyguards by hiring people from Barclays gym. But will they be enough to take down Singletery? However, Barclay gets suspicious of Sauvage, who is on first name basis with Tamara, after he sights her kissing him on the cheek one night.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Vivica A. Fox as Tamara Barclay
  • Peter Bryant as Kendall Mullins
  • Aaron Au as Kim
  • Adrian Holmes as Cujo
  • Raz Adoti as Wayne Barclay
  • Ron Bottitta as Detective Teague
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme as Phillippe Sauvage
  • Viv Leacock as Terrell Singletery
  • Mark Griffin as Casey Bledsoe
  • Doron Bell, Jr. as Leonard
  • Nneka Croal as Jessie Otero
  • Dexter Bell as High Dog
  • Sharon Amos as Lydia
  • Ronald Selmour as Simcoe
  • Julian D. Christopher as Clarence Bowden
                                     

3. Reception

Beyond Hollywood wrote the films slow pacing and buildup do not live up to direct-to-video fans expectations, though it is better than contemporary Steven Seagal films. Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "While The Hard Corps has a few shining moments, overall its just not all that compelling".

                                     
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