Nowadays the action heroes of the 80s and 90s really seem unstoppable, even if they are almost the age many would be more than willing to pull up their knife-strapped boots and relax. One of the action genre’s most recognizable names is back on Netflix next month in a new comedy thriller. Jean-Claude Van Damme performs The last mercenary, which premieres on July 30th on the streaming platform. Today Netflix released the trailer that seems to show that even at 60, the Muscles From Brussels is not ready for a nice quiet life in the garden.
The official recap of Van Damme’s first film in two years reads: “Richard Brumère, aka ‘La Brume’ (‘The Fog’), a former French intelligence special agent who became a mercenary, is back in the saddle when the immunity, The Archibald he was granted to his son 25 years earlier is canceled. A mob operation threatens Archibald’s life. To save him, Richard has to extend his old contacts, team up with a bunch of ruthless youth from the projects and an unconventional bureaucrat – but mostly find the courage to let Archibald know that he is his father. “
Cast alongside Jean Claude Van Damme are Alban Ivanov, Assa Sylla, Samir Decazza, Patrick Timsit, Eric Judor and Miou-Miou, while David Charhon is directing. As you’d expect, the trailer gives a good idea of what to expect from the film, and it’s fair to say fans of Van Damme likely won’t be disappointed. After appearing in some of the biggest and most brutal action films of the 80s, there just seems to be something about the big men of action like Van Damme, Stallone and Schwarzenegger that just makes people come back for more and who are we to argue? that sometimes there’s nothing like watching a guy who could be your grandfather chime seven bells out of a horde of petty henchmen.
In addition to The Last Mercenary, Van Damme will also take on a slightly different role, as he provides the voice of Jean Clawed, a giant lobster in Minions: The Rise of Gru. While it might not seem like a role that would attract one of the hardest working men in the business, he’s not alone as the film also features voices from other tough guys on screen Dolph Lundgren and Danny Trejo, as well as Xena Warrior Princess herself , Lucy Lawless. As any movie star will tell you, sometimes you just don’t have to take yourself too seriously, and as the villains of the film, I expect their villain personalities to be more side-splitter than skull-busting.
The Last Mercenary hits Netflix on July 30th and promises to be a good old-fashioned action movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t. Are you looking forward to Van Damme blowing heads again? I’m sure his legion of fans will be safe when the film premieres.
Topics: The Last Mercenary, Netflix, Streaming