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On Netflix, Jean-Claude Van Damme is The Last Mercenary

Richard Brumere, aka La Bruma, is in a public bathroom. No, he is not relieving himself or yes, he needs to defend himself from two mercenaries who want to kill him with knives. The Mist only has to defend itself … a towel.

Guess if he beats them.

The first time that Jean-Claude Van Damme it appears in The last mercenary He does it with one of his characteristic poses, holding himself with his legs extended between two walls.

Van Damme raises his paw. He is 60 years old, but today he seems to be older. Netflix photo

Van Damme is 60 years old, but to tell the truth, he looks in The last mercenary, production of Netflix, as if the years had come to charge him something.

Famous for his super-flying karate kicks and 360-degree jumps in the air, born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (he adopted the artistic Van Damme from a friend of his father), his father initiated him into martial arts when he saw that her son was physically weak… And he studied classical ballet for five years.

With or without a wig, and with the "goat" from Netflix

With or without a wig, and with the “goat” from Netflix’s “Stranger Things” behind him. Netflix photo

And when he came to Hollywood in the ’80s, his first jobs consisted of waiting tables, delivering pizza, driving a taxi and being the doorman at Woody’s Wharf, a bar owned by Chuck Norris and Newport Beach.

The star of Double impact, Universal Soldier Y Hard Target: Operation Hunt he did not stop filming, since he hit it, in every sense, in Never back down, never give up (1985). Over the years he has taken his acting in a more relaxed way, and The last mercenary finds him both as a comedian and as an action hero.

La Bruma, his character

"La Bruma", a former secret agent, must reappear when his son

“La Bruma”, a former secret agent, must reappear when his son’s immunity is taken away. Netflix photo

Brumere, a former agent of the Alpha Cell, a special unit of the French Secret Service, became the most recognized mercenary. Expert in weapons, but unarmed he is also infallible. A guy who disappeared in 1995, when in the middle of a mission in Sudan – that is, fighting – talks on the phone with his wife, and gets their newborn son given a monthly pension for life, and immunity.

And it disappears from the face of the Earth.

Something unrecognizable is the star of "Never go back, never surrender."  Netflix photo

Something unrecognizable is the star of “Never go back, never surrender.” Netflix photo

In the present, even if he was James Bond, he camouflages himself more as Ethan Hunt, the character of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, and with or without wig or hairpieces, scatter your opponents.

But The Mist must return when by mistake his son Archibald Al Mahmoud’s immunity is taken away (who does not know who his father is) and must face the son of the King of Targistan (?), Who usurped Archibald’s identity to enter France and Tony Montana from Scarface is believed. And also corrupt officials, who want to sell the Big Mac (don’t ask me what it is because it would take a long time to explain).

The movie has Stone Age jokes, kind “If you go to jail you won’t want to pick up the soap”, or delicate, when they say that Richard slept with the wife of an official and “It blew her up (sic) and left her satiated for two months”.

Van Damme praises himself, and at the same time he parodies himself, at different points in the film.  Netflix photo

Van Damme praises himself, and at the same time he parodies himself, at different points in the film. Netflix photo

On the sidelines, in the film the fans of Van Damme, who is a cult figure in France, hence the film was shot in that country, have what they expect from their idol.

But why is it that when he fights with a clean kick, in some shots you can’t see his face and he does it from the back?

Because what does a fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme want to see in a movie?

A lot of comedy has the new film of the Belgian-born actor.  Netflix photo

A lot of comedy has the new film of the Belgian-born actor. Netflix photo

And the Belgian even allows himself to praise himself when he sees a poster of The great white dragon, his second film as the lead. “That’s a man,” he says, pointing to him, that is, pointing to himself.

Two figures of French cinema from other times, such as Miou-Miou (Prom Dress, Between us, I killed her because she was mine) and Valérie Kaprisky – almost 40 years after the remake of Breathless, with Richard Gere- they are, yes, unrecognizable. Almost like Van Damme, who since he achieved fame in action movies never back down, never gave up.

“The last mercenary”

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Comedy / Action. France, 2021. Original title: The Last Mercenary. 110’, SAM 13. Of: David Charhon. With: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Samir Decazza, Miouu-Miou. Available in: Netflix.

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