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Genre: Crime/Thriller
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scotts Adkins, Stephen Lord, Gary McDonald, Natalie J. Robb
Director: Isaac Florentine
Rating: M18 (Violence & Nudity)
Year Made: 2008







Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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A rogue American Special Forces unit schemes to smuggle $35 million worth of heroin into the United States, and all that stands in its way is border patrol agent Jack Robideaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), an ex-homicide cop with a hidden agenda. Taking on suicide bombers, sadistic torturers and traitorous officials on both sides of the border, Jack show no mercy as he single-handedly attempts to destroy the cartel in this explosive action thriller.


Let’s face it, Van Damme isn’t going to win an Academy Award for his acting career anytime soon and I’m not going to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature for writing movie reviews.

Thus with this mindset, we shall get on with the review of the latest straight-to-DVD (STD) title, "The Shepherd: Border Patrol" starring the great Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Unlike his fellow counterparts such as Sylvester Stallone and Steven Seagal, the muscles from Brussels still cut a pretty lean figure, not really a drastic difference as compared to his heydays. In "The Shepherd", Van Damme plays border patrol agent Jack Robideaux, an ex-homicide cop who hailed from New Orleans but has a hidden agenda for accepting the new post. Across the border, a group of disgruntled mercenary soldiers are smuggling heroin through illegal immigrants for obvious monetary gains. By now, you should know who is going to take on the thankless task of kicking the rogues’ asses.

I doubt your initial intention of switching on a Van Damme movie is to see him getting cosy with the female lead or watch him being melodramatic or spouting pages of dialogue. We shall leave that to Daniel Day-Lewis. We want to see Van Damme kicks ass, pull his punches, does his splits and 360 degree kicks.

It’s a relief to know that "The Shepherd" doesn’t disappoint in the action department. There’s the obligatory pub brawl, an exhilarating bus chase sequence in the middle and a climax which unfortunately ends with an anti-climax with its jarring, abrupt editing. But the finale fight proves that the 48 year old man can still convincingly stretch his leg and gives it a high kick!

This STD title is definitely not for the snobbish film appreciation group and there will be people waiting to crucify me when this review is out (Couldn’t believe MX have the nerve to recommend such shows!). Once a while, it’s not really a sin to indulge yourself in some crazy, no-brainer explosive action thriller. Too much fine wine can be a bore, do alternate with some fizzy drinks.

Damme! For the record, he didn’t do his trademark splits this time.


There’s no extra features only the trailers for Hancock, Zombie Strippers, Missionary Man, Pistol Whipped and a Blu-ray promo reel is included.


"The Shepherd: Border Patrol" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Not really a top-notch transfer but passable on the small screen. The DVD comes with Dolby Digital 5.1 so you can get all your adrenalin pumped up during those action sequences.



Review by Linus Tee


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. Vantage Point

. CJ7: 2 Disc Deluxe Edition

. Conspiracy

. Cleaner

. Hero Wanted

. Shattered

. Breath

. Cashback

. Your Name Is Justine

. Death Sentence

. The Jane Austen Book Club

. Across The Universe

. The Triplets of Belleville

. The Ten Commandments

. CJ7

. Love Lies Bleeding

. Living Death

. La Vie En Rose

. Urban Justice

. Perfect Stranger

. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

. Reign Over Me

. Surf's Up

. 5ivegirls

. Vacancy

. Paprika

. Walking Tall: Lone Justice

. Dead Mary

. Spider-Man 3

. Priceless

. Trust the Man

. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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