A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.
Disclaimer: If you are a viewer that mainly prefers art-house-type movies, then you might as well ignore this review. In addition, if you're not able to take a Van Damme good underrated action movie with plot holes and flaws in the story, ignore this review, as well. We'll both be better off.
The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008) in my opinion it is a good action film with flaws and plot holes in the movie. I think Van Damme did a solid acting performance in this action thriller about a cop fighting against drug cartels. But this movie is flawless and it has plot holes, I will write later what I mean by that and what issues I have with the film. I wanna say that I really have enjoy the fights, I did enjoy the action and I have enjoyed Van Damme's character Jack Robideaux A former New Orleans cop. I think Van Damme in this movie acted believable and I did not saw anything bad in him. I like this movie a lot, it is also not my favorite Van Damme movie, but I think it is a solid action movie that went direct to video. I love the final fights between Van Damme and Atkins I really enjoy the fight scenes and I thought it was very realistic. It is really sad to say that's really the best fight with Van Damme VS Atkins because the other 2 films they did after this film those fights was pretty shitty. I enjoy the film. The director did a great job. He should get a chance to make budgeted movie.
Plot: A former New Orleans cop, now a border patrol agent battles an ex-navy seals who are trying to traffic drugs from Mexico into the USA.
Well this is the movie that I very like and I enjoy and I think It is a good action movie from Van Damme. The Shepherd does have the added bonus of JCVD vs. Scott Adkins at the end which remains an excellent fight scene and easily the highlight of the movie. This movie gets a lot of hate (even from Scott Adkins) but I actually kinda dig it a lot. I liked the story and thought they tried something really different. Jean-Claude Van Damme gave a good performance but admittedly he does seem a little bored in places though. Scott Adkins as Karp ex navy seal does a good solid performance as the ruthless Mayers henchman and a good villain. The Shepherd: Border Patrol isn't anywhere near as bad as everyone says and fans of JCVD and Adkins will really enjoy the cracking final fight scene. We get to see Scott Adkins show his karate moves! Van Damme shows them too but nonetheless it's a good movie to watch, love the soundtrack and Van Damme's six pack abs at age 48 looked in good shape, yes there is a shirtless scene showing Van Damme half naked which I don't mind.
The problems and the flawless plot holes in this movie, that are issues are: This movie is set in Columbus, New Mexico, but after watching this movie there is near close the area this film is filmed in New Mexico, this is Bulgaria not New Mexico, that really hurt the movie and did upset a lot of people. An ex-navy seals who turned now a drug pushers and a mercenaries, does not look like a navy seals at all, they look like a US marines who fought in Gulf War in Iraq. Van Damme's character is a only cop battling a Navy Seals, that is unrealistic and pure fiction. A normal or local cop can not defeat a navy seals without any training, he would need a military background to defeat an army vet. Van Damme's character in real life wouldn't survive. What happened to Billy's Pawnell's wife? She was only shown in the beginning of the movie and than she disappeared without any explanation what happened to her. Why was Billy Pawnell (Gary McDonald) a dirty agent at all. Who are drug kings who hired Benjamin Meyers (Stephen Lord) and his crew of his Ex Soldiers to import and export drugs from Mexico in to Texas border? Who freeze Myers accounts and freeze all of his money? That was never explained. Who was behind of all of this? That is why I am saying this movie has a plot holes that are not explained and I have issues with it!
Other than that I like this movie, Isaac Florentine did a great job, like some of his movies he directed like are: Bridge of Dragons (1999) with Dolph Lundgren, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, Undisputed III: Redemption, Ninja (2009) and Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear. Those are all movies I like from him. This movie get's 7 by me, I have enjoyed Second in Command much more than this movie, but still I like The Shepherd: Border Patrol much more like I like Van Damme's other direct to video movies.
The Shepherd: Border Patrol is a 2008 American action film directed by Isaac Florentine, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Stephen Lord, Natalie J. Robb, Gary McDonald, Scott Adkins and Jean-Claude Van Damme's real life daughter Bianca Van Varenberg. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on March 4, 2008.
7/10 Grade: B Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Stage 6 Films Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Stephen Lord, Natalie J. Robb, Gary McDonald, Scott Adkins, Bianca Van Varenberg Director: Isaac Florentine Producers: Moshe Diamont, Gilbert Dumontet Screenplay: Cade Courtley Joe Gayton Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 35 Mins. Budget: $13.000.000 Box Office: $8,900,000 Like Steven Seagal I also am a big Van Damme fan and have followed most of his movies since the start of his acting career.
In this flick Van Damme assumes the role of Jack Robideaux whom is a cop that just moved to New Mexico from New Orleans to work as part of the Border Patrol. Haunted by memories of his past, it is up to Jack to put an end to a group of Ex-Navy Seals from smuggling illegal drugs into the U.S. that killed his daughter.
Overall I found this film to be very good, Van Damme is in very good shape for 48 years old and can really move. The action scenes are very intense and the movie even throws a couple of plot twists in to keep you guessing. Unfortunately Van Damme does not have the same intensity as he did say 10 years ago, regardless The Shepherd: Border Control is the 3rd straight solid film that Van Damme has made possibly opening the door for a larger project.
I definitely recommend this movie to a Van Damme fan or fan of action movies in general; The Shepherd: Border Control is a great movie, not as good as Until Death but better than the Hard Corps. Be sure to give this one a try, you will not be disappointed. 646f9e108c
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