Second in Command
|Second in Command|
|Directed by||Simon Fellows|
|Produced by||Brad Krevoy
|Written by||Jonathan Bowers
|Story by||Milt Bearden
|Starring||Jean-Claude Van Damme
|Music by||Mark Sayfritz|
Castel Film Romania
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
When he arrives, Keenan learns that Moldavia is in the middle of a civil war. At the embassy, Keenan meets with Ambassador George Norland (Colin Stinton), who makes Keenan the deputy ambassador. Recently, the U.S. installed a new government in Moldavia, and it is a government led by Moldavia's newly elected president Yuri Amirev (Serban Celea). However, Amirev wants the nation to be run as a democracy, but under the command of Anton Tavarov (Velibor Topic), Communist insurgents have caused a riot at the presidential palace, threatening the fragile democracy. The insurgents are loyal to dictative former president Alexei Kirilov (Costel Lupea), who is a communist who abused Moldavia's people.
When the palace guards start firing on the insurgents without Amirev's go ahead, the insurgents storm the palace, demanding Amirev's head. Keenan volunteers to bring Amirev to the embassy. But events reach critical mass, and the insurgents open fire. Keenan barely makes it back with Amirev, but the fight isn't over yet. Fifty Americans are holed up in the embassy, and Tavarov and his massive army have arrived at the gates, with plans to crash the building and drag Amirev out by any means necessary. To add to Keenan's problems, Norland is killed by a rocket that was launched by one of Tavarov's men.
To defend the embassy, Keenan has only 15 Marines, CIA bureaucrat Frank Gaines (William Tapley), limited ammunition, and his martial arts skills to hold Tavarov's army off until American reinforcements arrive. To make matters worse, Keenan's girlfriend, reporter Michelle Whitman (Julie Cox), is one of the hostages. With Tavarov's crew getting in position for attack, a power struggle takes place between Keenan and Gaines; with help hours away, it will be up to Keenan to rescue the hostages.
When the supposedly loyal General Borgov (a personal CIA "asset" claimed by Gaines) arrives he turns out to side with the insurgents but Keenan rescues the surviving personnel with help from arriving American military reinforcements.
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The plot point from which the film takes its title relates to Keenan's appointment as second in command (Deputy Chief of Mission) at the embassy and whether he properly replaced a military officer (Captain Harris) in that post. In fact only foreign service officials are legally eligible for that appointment. Attaches by nature are outside the chain of command.
Keenan is told that reinforcements are six hours east of him (which would imply the Black Sea) but the military are then deployed from the Adriatic and Croatia (well west of Moldavia).
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Cmdr. Samuel Keenan
- Julie Cox as Michelle Whitman
- Alan McKenna as Capt. John Baldwin
- William Tapley as Frank Gaines
- Razaaq Adoti as Gunnery Sgt. Earl Darnell
- Velibor Topic as Anton Tavarov
- Warren Derosa as Mike Shustec
- Ian Virgo as Cpl. Will Butler
- Raffaello Degruttola as PFC Zanger
- Serban Celea as President Yuri Amirev
- Vlad Ivanov as RSO John Lydon
- Emanuel Parvu as Cpl. Chevanton
- Razvan Oprea as PFC. Devereaux
- Mihai Bisericanu as Marshall Geller
- Elizabeth Barondes as Jennifer Lennard
- Colin Stinton as Ambassador George Norland
- Costel Lupea as President Alexei Kirilov
- Eugen Cristea as General Borgov
The film opened in the 24th place with $1.04 million in the rentals chart. The film currently holds average rating 5/10 stars on Internet Movie Database. Forty percent of Rotten Tomatoes users liked the movie.