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Second in Command (film)

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Second in Command is a 2006 US/Romanian coproduction, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the new security attaché at the US embassy in Moldova, in which the US has recently installed a client regime. The country is already in the middle of a severe political crisis and teetering at the edge of civil war; after a riot drives the US-sponsored president out of his palace, he takes shelter at the embassy, which is then besieged by a force of insurgents (basically a retelling of Tehran 1979, only with extra violence and a more favorable-to-the-US outcome.)
Eugene Ipavec, 16 December 2009


image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 December 2009

Oddly enough, the flag used for the movie's "Moldova" is not the actual flag of the real Moldova, but a strange new design: white with a wide blue band at the hoist, containing an yellow cartouche-like thing like a shield turned sideways, charged with a black rampant lion. It is shown in the president's office, and several examples are waved by street protestors. The military vehicles used in the movie have, however, unchanged markings in the Romanian colors.
Eugene Ipavec, 16 December 2009