In Second in Command, the pugnacious JCvD (oh how he lacks irony) is the Security Attache at the US Embassy in Moldavia – apparently a fragile, turbulent small country in Eastern Europe. When vicious insurgents attempt a coup d’etat, the nation’s President takes refuge inside the embassy, and the compound comes under armed siege. The U.S. Ambassador is killed in the ensuing action, and now it’s up to Jean Claude and the embassy’s small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the attackers…….

I can’t tell you much about the film since it was dubbed  into Russian (badly – they just talk over the English) and I wasn’t really following. I can tell you it was filmed in Bucharest, Romania, which is where the disorientation begins….

Although it was indeed once a soverign country (and I don’t mean Amanda’s wedding in Dynasty) part of Moldavia merged with Wallachia to form Romania, and the other half is next door in the Republic of Moldova. Moldova has an ungovernable breakway region notable mostly for its armed separatists. And I’m watching the movie in the quaint and lovely Tbilisi, Georgia, which has also had its fair share of trouble, notably in last year’s short, ugly war with Russia. All of these countries, it has to be said, are better known and more popular than the smaller, more saccharine, Kingdom of Genovia……..