The Last Mercenary Review, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s starrer movie is silly and fun in every right way.
The Last Mercenary Review, I will say right from the start, don’t go looking for something groundbreaking in ‘The Last Mercenary’. You will be disappointed because Netflix’s latest French movie is not that kind of movie. Just go into the movie expecting a silly movie that will entertain you. And if you are a classic Jean-Claude Van Damme fan, expect some cool throwbacks. Throwbacks like Jean looking like Rambo from the past, a little throwback scene to ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ and many more. And I liked that cheekiness. It was something new and almost every single thing they tried worked.
The Last Mercenary: Plot
The official synopsis of the movie reads “A mysterious former secret service agent must urgently return to France when his estranged son is falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the government, following a blunder by an overzealous bureaucrat and a mafia operation”.
The plot of the movie is as simple as it can get. A former secret agent has to come back to the place where he started everything. As his son is falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the government. The funny thing is that this happened because of a blunder by a bureaucrat who was on a mafia sting operation. Will our hero be able to save his son and clear his name?
If you are a fan of 90s action movies, this is perfect for you. This movie’s plot is like a classic 90s action movie, its dialogues are somewhat from that time too. And it is just as dumb and silly as those movies. And I liked every bit of it.
The Last Mercenary: Positives
As I said, the action of the movie was really good. The film completely delivers on the action part. Jean-Claude Van Damme somehow still performed every action scene with grace and I don’t know-how is that possible. Considering the man is almost 60 years old now. The action of the movie is interesting if nothing else. Don’t expect some gnarly action scenes. Just like the movie, the action scenes are also light-hearted and fun.
There are lots of hand-to-hand combat scenes and all of them are directed beautifully. I really liked the action scenes of the movie.
The comedy scenes in the movie were limited but all of them were pretty good. The comedy scenes would really make you laugh almost every time. I don’t know how but the comedic timing of Jean is still unmatched and he delivered every dialogue almost perfectly. Really comedy of ‘The Last mercenary’ will be the most underrated aspect of the movie. I can feel it already.
Some performances of the movie were brilliant I must say. Jean-Claude Van Damme really delivered and was obviously the star of the movie. Other than him Samir Decazza, who plays the role of Van Damme’s son also gave an amazing performance. The chemistry between Damme and Decazza was unmatched and I was definitely sold on them being father and son.
The Last Mercenary: Negatives
As I said, that the movie is just like a 90s action flick. And the thing is, it is exactly like that. If you are a fan of that kind of movie, you won’t have any problem with it. But, if you are not, there is nothing new in this movie for you. Similar tropes, similar kinds of comedy scenes, and similar kinds of action scenes.
The Last Mercenary: Is It Worth It?
I am not going to say is it worth it or not. Because if you are watching this movie you already know what you are getting into. This movie is made for a specific audience and there is nothing wrong with that. I liked the movie and Jean-Claude Van Damme makes the movie so much better than it actually is.