Jean-Claude Van Damme in 6 Bullets (2012)

Van Damme is After the Taken

When Andrew Fayden's (Joe Flanigan) daughter is kidnapped by a group of human traffickers there is nothing he would like more than to track them down and get payback. But Andrew is wise enough to know that whilst an accomplished MMA fighter he can't take them on alone. It is how he comes to call upon the services of Samson Gaul (Jean-Claude Van Damme) a veteran mercenary who now makes a living rescuing abducted children and together these two are going to go on a wrecking mission to get Fayden's daughter back. But unbeknown to Andrew Samson's last job didn't go well and the local police chief holds him responsible for the death of two girls who start to haunt his life.

It would be far too easy to say that "6 Bullets" is a movie which steals from "Taken" with a story of a father trying to rescue his abducted daughter in a foreign country, although "Taken" wasn't the first to do that anyway. But to be fair "6 Bullets" despite those obvious similarities elaborates on them just enough to create a story of its own with Van Damme playing the mercenary with skills in getting abducted children back. Although whilst being fair I have to say that what you get in this movie are cliches such as Samson being a man haunted by the death of two girls who he is supposed to have accidentally killed in a previous mission to rescue an abducted child plus there is corruption high up the chain of authority.

The thing is that when it comes to "6 Bullets" and it being a Van Damme movie what ends up high on the agenda is the effectiveness of the fight scenes and whilst again this is a movie which seems to construct the action with edits every second it is exciting and enjoyable. A scene where Samson takes down everyone in a club after turning off the lights is so snappy that whilst the moves are classic Van Damme you wonder whether it is in fact Van Damme beneath the balaclava and night vision goggles doing the butt kicking.

What this all boils down to is that "6 Bullets" is an enjoyable Van Damme movie. So it doesn't invent anything new and involves far too much editing for my liking during the action scenes but it has style and decent performances which keep you watching despite the certain amount of predictability which oozes out of it.