Van Damme’s Villains: Luc Deveraux

Movie: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, 2012
 
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is hyper-violent. Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) is preparing to unleash anarchy and build a new order ruled by Unisols. He is weeding out the weak and constantly testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat. Luc has emerged operating the Unisol Church of Eventualism, taking in wayward Unisols whom the government has been secretly operating as remote-controlled sleeper agents. His mission is to liberate these Unisols from the implanted memories and the lies the government has inserted in them.
 
Van Damme has only limited screentime in this movie; In the lead is Scott Adkins, who plays de charactor of John. He awakens from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in a home invasion. John, haunted by images of the attack, vows to kill the man responsible: Luc Deveraux, one of the original Universal Soldiers.
 
The entire opening sequence of this film is shot exclusively in John’s point of view, creating the disquietingly immersive sense that awful things are coming and when they do, you will be forced to look right at them. The killing of Johns family by Luc Deveraux is - we think - the most shocking filmscene of Van Damme's entire filmcareer. Till now, it's the most horrific villain that he ever presents. With his bald head Van Damme looks grim and very brutal.

As the movie continues, John begins to look less like the victim, and more like an unhinged, Frankenstein-esque creation that slowly becomes hell bent on destroying the people responsible for his very existence: with extra-long, slo-mo takes, many headshots and gallons of blood.