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Action - The Shepherd - Border Patrol - Jean-Claude Van Damme

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The Shepherd - Border Patrol
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Stephen Lord
Directed by Isaac Florentine
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2008
95 minutes

The Shepherd Border Patrol is a Jean-Claude Van Damme DVD. This means the muscles from Brussels plays a good guy, there is a whole bunch of bad guys, there are fights and moments for Van Damme to demonstrate his martial arts skills, a lot of gunplay, car chases, and stuff that goes boom. This is an action movie not an Academy Award nominee and it is it is very entertaining.

Van Damme plays Jack Robideaux, former New Orleans Homicide Detective (explaining za Frunch akzent) and new guy on the border patrol. Veterans from the war in Afghanistan are now drug lords across the Mexican border. Robideaux's job, occasionally assisted by the rest of the border patrol, is to stop them. Of course there is a personal reason why he is doing this (i.e. # 5a in the instant action movie list).

The Shepherd is a good if by-the-recipe-book action DVD. For example, the captain tells Robideaux to say out of trouble with the locals and 2 minutes 50 seconds later he is in a brawl in the local diner. If you did not see that coming, you haven't watched one of these things in a long time. Not that it matters though. Van Damme fans expect a certain kind of movie and this one delivers on these expectations.

I am not a big fan of the Belgian JC but this movie worked for me. It does not fart around with anything that does not move the story forward to the next bit of adrenaline raising stuff. There are also a few original twists and turns here that manage to keep you guessing a bit. The actions sequences themselves are well-made and well-filmed. What really makes The Shepherd Border Patrol better than most is the bad guys are pretty damn good at what they do.

If you are in the mood for a really well made kick ass movie, The Shepherd is it.

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