release year:1998 direct-to-video genre:action/adventure viewing setting:home DVD, 2/6/99 what I expected:no idea what I got:Van Damme making more than a simple mindless martial-arts movie
synopsis:After refusing to throw a fight, a boxer flees to the French Foreign Legion, where life is hell and death is commonplace.
impressions:This was not a Van Damme punch-and-kick movie. Its main focus was the daily hardships of life in a military unit, and it didn't take long to put the main characters in an untenable, Alamo-like situation.
body count:high but impossible to count (lots of multi-participant mass battles)
acting:Van Damme did fine in a quieter role, though I prefer to see him smashing people and breaking bones.
the good:accurate portrayal of harsh military life and battle
the bad:somewhat drawn-out
final word:Worth seeing if you like war films.
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