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Second in Command (2006)





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A skilled official assigned the task of protecting the U.S. ambassador to an unstable Eastern European nation gets trapped in the middle of a deadly coup d'etat in an action-packed tale of political intrigue starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and directed by Simon Fellows. Sam Keenan (Van Damme)'s job is to protect the U.S. ambassador to a troubled Eastern European nation at all costs. When a collection of heavily armed local insurgents stages a violent revolt and the country's president seeks refuge in the very embassy building where Keenan and his charge are based, the devoted officer soon finds himself guarding two men against an army of angry killers. With the embassy overtaken by insurgents and nothing more than a small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the fire, Keenan is forced to work overtime just to keep his men breathing and overcome the merciless invading onslaught.

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Julie Cox
as Michelle Whitman
William Tapley
as Frank Gaines
Alan Mckenna
as Captain John Baldwin
Razaaq Adoti
as Sgt. Darnell
Warren Derosa
as Mike Shustec
Serban Celea
as President Yuri Amirev
Colin Stinton
as Ambassador George Norland
Emanuel Parvu
as Cpl. Chevanton
Razvan Oprea
as PFC Devereaux
Velibor Topic
as Anton Tavarov
Elizabeth Barondes
as Jennifer Lennard
Vlad Ivanov
as RSO John Lydon
Mihai Bisericanu
as Marshall Geller
Ian Virgo
as Cpl. Will Butler
Dan Radulescu
as PFC Pazzini
Stefan Velniciuc
as Bicycle Shop Owner
Silviu Oltean
as CIA Photographer
Monica Dean
as Dr. Johnson
Bart Sidles
as Walt Henkel
Elizabeth Cook
as Sandra Davies
Bryan Jardine
as Gen. Anderson
Mihai Dinvale
as John Franklin, NSA
Garrick Hagon
as Secretary of State Richard Hammond
Herb Chestler
as Gen. Richmond
Eugen Cristea
as Gen. Borgov
Tomi Cristin
as Capt. Servat
Valentin Popescu
as Vladimir Norkov
Cristian Popa
as Demonstration Leader
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Critic Reviews for Second in Command

All Critics (1)

...admittedly, one can't help but admire the duel that ends with Van Damme gouging out his opponent's eyes.

May 30, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Second in Command


Van damme offers very little in this foreign material arts thriller. The idea has much more going for it then the front cover will have you believing. The problem is the twisting narrative and a really weak plot. The direction is typically grey and cheap which over shadows any real chance for the film. The violence is a little too much at times but its good to see van damme back on the screen. He deserves bigger budgets and its a shame he can't get back to a place he once owned the screen. The film is a quick cash in and sadly offers nothing new, the fights are poorly shot but some of action scenes are fun and showcase some of the budget. Alright for a straight to DVD movie but definitely not a fun van damme film to watch over and over again

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


Second in Command is a modest action thriller joint that delivers the goods in a fast-paced and intense fashion, even though the whole one-idea set-up is familiarly derived. The premise starts off at a breakneck pace and then tightly builds up to its chaotic siege situation with a exhilarating climax with some organic grit. Along the way it offers up a surprise or two and there's no real political interference in how they shape the story, despite the topic at hand and flawed nature. The basic script won't set the film alight, but never falls into any cheesy mumbling. The action scenes, which for this type of film is what we are actually hanging around for. Are handled with great vigour and the set-pieces can raise a sweat. Jean-Claude Van Damme is capably good and fit's the mould perfectly, with his downtrodden and workman like performance of a more beatable and humane character than anything overly heroic.

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer


Good action!

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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