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Second in Command (2006)

R | | Action, Thriller, War | Video 2 May 2006
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The new military attache is also second in command at the US embassy in "Moldavia". The loser at the recent presidential election isn't letting that stop him. The president seeks protection at the US embassy bringing it under attack.

Director:

Simon Fellows

Writers:

Jonathan Bowers (screenplay), David L. Corley (screenplay) (as David Corley) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Cmdr. Sam Keenan
Julie Cox ... Michelle Whitman
Alan McKenna ... Cpt. John Baldwin
Razaaq Adoti ... Sgt. Earl 'Gunny' Darnell
Velibor Topic ... Anton Tavarov
William Tapley ... Frank Gaines
Warren Derosa ... Mike Shustec
Ian Virgo ... Cpl. Will Butler
Raffaello Degruttola ... PFC Zanger
Serban Celea ... President Yuri Amirev
Vlad Ivanov ... RSO John Lydon
Emanuel Parvu ... Cpl. Chevanton
Razvan Oprea Razvan Oprea ... PFC Devereaux
Mihai Bisericanu Mihai Bisericanu ... Marshall Geller
Elizabeth Barondes ... Jennifer Lennard
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Storyline

Jean Claude plays an official who's just been appointed as Second In Command to the U.S.Ambassador at an American Embassy in a small, turbulent Eastern European nation. When local insurgents attempt a coup d'etat, the nation's President takes refuge inside the embassy. The embassy is then besieged by the well-armed insurgents. The U.S. Ambassador is killed in the ensuing action, and it's now up to Jean-Claude and the embassy's small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the attackers. Written by Anonymous

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It's time to take charge!

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defteros stin ierarhia See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Scott Adkins was offered the role of Pfc. Devereaux but could not sign for it due to other commitments. He was replaced by Razvan Oprea. See more »

Goofs

The action is placed in Moldova, but it was filmed in Bucharest, Romania. It is easily to see auto numbers on ordinary cars which are from Bucharest, not from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. Not even one car has Moldavian numbers. Another goof is people's accent. None of them has Moldavian accent, which, for a native Romanian, is as obvious as one can distinguish between a penguin and a seagull. See more »

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References The Alamo (1960) See more »

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Dull as dishwater political thriller. One of Van Damme's worst movies without a doubt
4 September 2013 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

As such an admirer of Jean-Claude Van Damme, watching him make stuff like this is really disheartening to be honest with you all. I grew up with his movies, and whilst not all of them were great, he has provided me with many hours of entertainment with classics such as Bloodsport, Universal Soldier, and Time Cop. Even recently he has really upped his game with some DTV gems like Until Death, Wake Of Death, Replicant, Assassination Games, and In Hell. But this feels like something that Steven Seagal rejected. It doesn't have much action to speak of, and when it does happen, we get a lot of frustrating shaky camera work that really hampers what little it has going for it. It doesn't help that I can't stand politics. Anything to do with it, I tend to lose interest in quickly. There are a few exceptions to this rule where I end up enjoying them, but this was bloody terrible. Jean-Claude Van Damme isn't really trying all that much here. He phones it in, but he can't overcome the weak script or poor pacing issues. I realize he has toned down his histrionics over the last few years, but this movie really lets him down. The rest of the cast do what they have to do, but none of them really stand out all that much

Final Thoughts: He's made some really good DTV gems since this awful film, but this is without a doubt one of the worst movies he has ever done. It's up there with Double Team, Black Eagle, and Derailed. Even die hard JCVD fans (I consider myself one of them!) will be disappointed by this. The lack of interest really sinks this one

3/10


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