First Trailer for Action Thriller 'The Bouncer' Starring JCVD as a Dad
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2018
Don't mess with dad. Yes, he's still making movies!! JCVD is back in another action movie, this one is titled The Bouncer, also known as Lukas originally for its release in France. Belgian superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Lukas, a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who's taken punches, literally and figuratively, and struggles to raise his 8-year-old daughter. When he's arrested, the only way to get his daughter back is to work with Interpol to bring down a Dutch crime kingpin operating from Belgium. Also starring Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Sam Louwyck, Kaaris, Kevin Janssens, Alice Verset, & Dimitri Thivaios. This actually looks good. I dig how brooding and exhausted JCVD seems, yet he's still always ready to fight.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Julien Leclercq's The Bouncer, direct from YouTube:
And here's a different French version of the trailer for The Bouncer aka Lukas, also on YouTube:
Lukas (Van Damme), a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who's taken punches, litteraly and figuratively, struggles to raise his 8 year old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter gets placed under the care of social services. But things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter's custody. The Bouncer, originally titled Lukas in France, is directed by French filmmaker Julien Leclercq, of the films Chrysalis, The Assault, The Informant, and The Crew previously. The screenplay is written by Jérémie Guez. The film opens in cinemas first in France this month. No other international release dates have been set yet. Stay tuned for more updates. First impression? Who's down?
Well, he's struggling to stay afloat. Among all the bad movies around, he's right in asking for his share ...
shiboleth on Aug 22, 2018
I never saw the one you're mentioning. I think. It is probably fun, something to feel relaxed on the end of the day. Not my first choice for watching, but if I come across that one sometimes, I might give it a chance ...
shiboleth on Aug 23, 2018
Still hard at work making these early-2000s action snoozes.
DAVIDPD on Aug 22, 2018
This looks good to me. It seems to have that Euro-grittiness believability.
JJ King on Aug 22, 2018
Seen it at the french première. Not a "martial art" movie. This is a "film noir". JCVD is on every shots, we see the story through his eyes and it's quite good. He spoked after the screening to explain he wants this movie to be his"Copland", to show he can do something else. He has already planned a movie with the same director where he'll have to loose a lot of weight because the character is ill. He is at a turning point of his career and knows it.
Mickael LAUNAY on Aug 22, 2018
Dark and gritty with JCVD looking weary, pissed off and angry. I like that and will keep my eye out for this.
Payne by name on Aug 23, 2018
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