Tuesday 4 June 2024

REVIEW: Darkness of Man (2024 Film) Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

Darkness of Man

Review by Jon Donnis

Interpol operative Russell Hatch (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) witnesses the death of an informant during a seemingly routine raid. Years later, he becomes a father figure to Jayden, the informant's son, and finds himself protecting him from merciless gangs embroiled in an all-out turf war.

Bressack's stylish direction breathes fresh life into what could have been a typical action flick. While it doesn't reach Van Damme's best work, it allows the actor to showcase more than just his famous muscles. The film effectively defines a modern-day film noir experience, keeping viewers engaged. Fun cameo moments add to the intrigue.

The action scenes are well-executed, contributing to the film's intensity. "Darkness of Man" delves into themes of loyalty, betrayal, and survival, creating a gritty atmosphere. Character-driven storytelling anchors the emotional core, with Van Damme's nuanced performance going beyond physical prowess. The supporting cast, including Emerson Min, delivers solid performances.

However, fans accustomed to Van Damme's action-packed films may find "Darkness of Man" lacking in this department.

A refreshing change for Van Damme, allowing him to do more than just throw kicks. "Darkness of Man" is a decent action thriller, perhaps not what your average JCV fan might expect, but still worthy of your viewing. I score the film 7.5 out of 10.

Out now on Apple TV - https://apple.co/3x91scU