We Die Young review by Bobby Blakey
Jean Claude Van Damme has been on a role lately with some great new roles including Jean Claude Van Johnson, Pound of Flesh, the new Kickboxer films and most recently The Bouncer aka Lukas. His latest film We Die Young looks to keep that gritty tone going co-starring Elijah Rodriguez, Joana Metrass, and David Castañeda, but does it bring the expected action fans want or will it not be worth getting jumped in for?
We Die Young follows Lucas who is desperate to keep his 10-year old brother Miguel safe when ruthless drug lord Rincon wants to recruit him as a runner. Fleeing for their lives, the boys are rescued by a veteran with PTSD named Daniel, who helps them find their revenge. This is yet another case of Van Damme taking on a role for his age and doing a really good job with it. His character here never speaks a word due to an injury, but he manages to still bring a good sense of emotion to the role. The story is focused more on the brothers trying to escape the gang with Van Damme being more of a secondary character. He is not here in just a small cameo, but also not front and center as the lead.
The story isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but the brave choice to use the MS-13 as the gang in question makes the possibility of danger all the higher. The film is a bit slow at t