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Against The Dark - Reviews

#2
I've watched the film yesterday. Here is my short review.

First of all, it is not a Steven Seagal movie. It is a simple horror movie with Seagal in it from time to time.

First, the horror part : I was surprised with the fact the movie was actually pretty good as a horror movie. There is plenty of gore for horror fans, en nicely done too. The vampires (or should i say mutants?) are also nicely done and scary enough. There is some tension, and some scares. Even the acting is not so bad as in some other horror movies. Overall a pretty good horror flick to watch.

Well, what about the Seagal fans? I am a big fan myself, and found it pretty cool to see him in something else. But his role is a little pointless. He just appears from time to time and hacks into some mutants, or he say something like : "clear that area", or he spits out an oneliner. What he does looks cool, but it is a strange role. At one point he uses his aikido skills two times to throw a mutant into a wall or through a window. The rest is hacking with his sword or shooting with his shotgun. One scene is so cool, when a mutant runs towards the group and Seagal shoots him in the chest with the shotgun, after that he stands there in the smoke of his fired gun looking like only Seagal can look, cool :) But a real seagal movie...? No. But a nice cameo role.

Overall i will give this movie *** 1/2 out of *****

Greetings,

Simon
 

Martin01

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#3
nomis;195102 said:
I've watched the film yesterday. Here is my short review.

First of all, it is not a Steven Seagal movie. It is a simple horror movie with Seagal in it from time to time.

First, the horror part : I was surprised with the fact the movie was actually pretty good as a horror movie. There is plenty of gore for horror fans, en nicely done too. The vampires (or should i say mutants?) are also nicely done and scary enough. There is some tension, and some scares. Even the acting is not so bad as in some other horror movies. Overall a pretty good horror flick to watch.

Well, what about the Seagal fans? I am a big fan myself, and found it pretty cool to see him in something else. But his role is a little pointless. He just appears from time to time and hacks into some mutants, or he say something like : "clear that area", or he spits out an oneliner. What he does looks cool, but it is a strange role. At one point he uses his aikido skills two times to throw a mutant into a wall or through a window. The rest is hacking with his sword or shooting with his shotgun. One scene is so cool, when a mutant runs towards the group and Seagal shoots him in the chest with the shotgun, after that he stands there in the smoke of his fired gun looking like only Seagal can look, cool :) But a real seagal movie...? No. But a nice cameo role.

Overall i will give this movie *** 1/2 out of *****

Greetings,

Simon

I agree with you in almost every point.

I must say I actually think it's really ok. The first half of the movie is a bit longbreathed, and there are 1-2 actors who aren't that good. But especially the second half of the movie makes fun (if you like movies with vampires and blood of course and if you accept that it's not a real Seagal movie). Seagals voice is dubbed for some lines (but not much and not that bad) and when he is walking from behind you can see sometimes the double if you watch careful. But for the most action scenes Seagal is doing his own stuff and also Tanoai Reed shows some nice stuff.
In the first half of the movie Seagal is not very much to see, in the second half longer and with better scenes.
A big plus is the storyline, easy to following.

Not a great movie, but actually ok. If you like a movie with that storyline you can watch it.
 
#4
I agree with your review nomis, I watched the film last night not expecting it to be anything good and knowing it wasn't a "Seagal Movie" however I really enjoyed the movie, I thought it would be a low budget laughable horror movie with the same plot used over and over, however the movie was not dissapointing. The horror was actually pretty good, I enjoyed to see Seagal, he looked great, very short and simple, but the movie wasn't bad at all.

nomis;195102 said:
I've watched the film yesterday. Here is my short review.

First of all, it is not a Steven Seagal movie. It is a simple horror movie with Seagal in it from time to time.

First, the horror part : I was surprised with the fact the movie was actually pretty good as a horror movie. There is plenty of gore for horror fans, en nicely done too. The vampires (or should i say mutants?) are also nicely done and scary enough. There is some tension, and some scares. Even the acting is not so bad as in some other horror movies. Overall a pretty good horror flick to watch.

Well, what about the Seagal fans? I am a big fan myself, and found it pretty cool to see him in something else. But his role is a little pointless. He just appears from time to time and hacks into some mutants, or he say something like : "clear that area", or he spits out an oneliner. What he does looks cool, but it is a strange role. At one point he uses his aikido skills two times to throw a mutant into a wall or through a window. The rest is hacking with his sword or shooting with his shotgun. One scene is so cool, when a mutant runs towards the group and Seagal shoots him in the chest with the shotgun, after that he stands there in the smoke of his fired gun looking like only Seagal can look, cool :) But a real seagal movie...? No. But a nice cameo role.

Overall i will give this movie *** 1/2 out of *****

Greetings,

Simon
 

Kotegashi

Master Of Disaster
Staff member
#6
It's getting kinda boring, but I agree with pretty much everything.

It was a refreshingly decent horrormovie and Seagal was pretty cool.

Joe Halpin already said Seagal did this one for the fun and I think it shows, he was pretty relaxed and showed some effort. And he is still fast as hell, even in slowmotion he is too fast with some moves.

His dialogue could have been better, but that's the screenwriters fault and not Seagals.

This movie holds its ground in comparison to other zombie/mutant/infected horror movies.

Peace

nomis;195102 said:
I've watched the film yesterday. Here is my short review.

First of all, it is not a Steven Seagal movie. It is a simple horror movie with Seagal in it from time to time.

First, the horror part : I was surprised with the fact the movie was actually pretty good as a horror movie. There is plenty of gore for horror fans, en nicely done too. The vampires (or should i say mutants?) are also nicely done and scary enough. There is some tension, and some scares. Even the acting is not so bad as in some other horror movies. Overall a pretty good horror flick to watch.

Well, what about the Seagal fans? I am a big fan myself, and found it pretty cool to see him in something else. But his role is a little pointless. He just appears from time to time and hacks into some mutants, or he say something like : "clear that area", or he spits out an oneliner. What he does looks cool, but it is a strange role. At one point he uses his aikido skills two times to throw a mutant into a wall or through a window. The rest is hacking with his sword or shooting with his shotgun. One scene is so cool, when a mutant runs towards the group and Seagal shoots him in the chest with the shotgun, after that he stands there in the smoke of his fired gun looking like only Seagal can look, cool :) But a real seagal movie...? No. But a nice cameo role.

Overall i will give this movie *** 1/2 out of *****

Greetings,

Simon
 

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#8
Maybe I didn´t watch the movie with the right attitude

To be honest, I´m confused.I´ve been always pretty permissive with the Seagal´s movies except Ticker,(because the horrible lack of fights and the horrific editing of the only ones) and Today You Die(I´ll never agree with fake fights), I accepted awful dubbings(Submerged, Out For A Kill), I accepted weird sequels(Black Dawn), and even I enjoy a bit(and tooke a lot of siestas)with the gore-alien-vampire touch of Attack Force instead of the horrible dubbing and nonsense story.

But now, I´ve watch the movie a couple of hours ago and I´m confused:

1st-That´s incredible that with only 3 days shooting with Seagal the producers have the sassy devil inside to put Steven as starring.I admit that the edit is cool, to put the 3 days footage into a movie to look as Steven has the big role is incredible, but there´s a great lack of Seagal in the flic.

2nd-I like the vampires/mutants/goree movies, but this one is very bad as horror genre.The only attractive is Steven Seagal vs. Vampires.Furthermore there aren´t vampires, are weak mutants easily to kill.

3rd-The budget is very low, the story is poor, without a clear beginning and a typical/topical ending.

Conclusion:1 star from 5

Steven Seagal is cool, a bit fat in the movie, but he handle the sword as the best, not as cool as Into The Sun, but he shows he is awesome.In the movie, Tao is awesome.

But the rest, the double of the rock is young, tall, strong and fight well, but I watch the movie because of Segal, not because Tanoai Reed.

The movie is very boring, slow, filmed in the same location, Rumanian or Bulgarian crap cast(ideal choice for mutants)...The movie is very bad, guys!!

But Tao, Seagal, is cool.Incredible, 3 days shooting...An a worlwide straight to video release, succesfull for sure.Seagal vs. Mutants-Cool Idea!

But the result is a nonsense awful upset typical bad movie.

Without Seagal: 0 stars from 5!!

That´s because Seagal is The Big One, but the movie is garbage.

Best regards, buddies
 

Martin01

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#9
Maybe I didn´t watch the movie with the right attitude
I'm absolutely sure.

I thought it will be a cheap trash movie, but it looks like a solid DTV-movie for me. As I said before, for me it's an ok and watchable movie. Surely better than Attack Force or Ticker (this movies are REALLY boring from begin to end) or the Stock Footage -party Flight of Fury.
 

Kotegashi

Master Of Disaster
Staff member
#10
Interesting, a lot of things are cool about this movie and you think it's great how they handled a 3 day shoot into this end product.

But then you crack the movie and downgrade it to 1 star.

Now that's confusing. From the beginning word about Last Night/Against the dark got around it was made clear that Seagal only had a cameo. So this couldn't have been a surprise to you.

Sure it's no Blade or Resident Evil flick, but they made a very decent effort and delivered an evenly decent end result.

You should not watch this movie as a Seagal movie, but as a horror action flick that just happens to have Seagal as one of the cast members.

Peace

latinojazz;195130 said:
But the rest, the double of the rock is young, tall, strong and fight well, but I watch the movie because of Segal, not because Tanoai Reed.

The movie is very boring, slow, filmed in the same location, Rumanian or Bulgarian crap cast(ideal choice for mutants)...The movie is very bad, guys!!

But Tao, Seagal, is cool.Incredible, 3 days shooting...An a worlwide straight to video release, succesfull for sure.Seagal vs. Mutants-Cool Idea!
 
#11
I agree with you Kotegashi... this was NOT a Seagal movie, he simply played a supporting role. I was expecting this movie to be alot worse but I actually enjoyed it, and I honestly thought this movie was better than some of Seagal's DTV releases. This movie was not bad and without a doubt it was entertaining and enjoyable to me. Seagal looked great, loved to see him back in the black leather jacket and the poneytail. Seagal is a master in Kenjutsu which is Japanese sword fighting, unlike Iado, Kendo and Gumdo, Kenjutsu is what the Samurai's used, one strike one kill method. It is great to see Seagal using the Katana to kill the "infected", this movie was a 28 Days and Blade plot with Seagal in it. I enjoyed the movie and even it is not a Seagal movie I like it. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Kotegashi;195132 said:
Interesting, a lot of things are cool about this movie and you think it's great how they handled a 3 day shoot into this end product.

But then you crack the movie and downgrade it to 1 star.

Now that's confusing. From the beginning word about Last Night/Against the dark got around it was made clear that Seagal only had a cameo. So this couldn't have been a surprise to you.

Sure it's no Blade or Resident Evil flick, but they made a very decent effort and delivered an evenly decent end result.

You should not watch this movie as a Seagal movie, but as a horror action flick that just happens to have Seagal as one of the cast members.

Peace
 
#12
OK Guys...You win

A cameo, the first producer line...SteamRoller-Seagal

A cameo, the producers...Steven Seagal, his pupil Bihng Dan and Joe Halpin

A cameo, The first name before the movie title...Steven Seagal

The movie is the lower budget flic I´ve seen in years.IT´S VERY BAD, SOOO POOOR, SOOO CRAP, SOO DISSAPOINTED

But Ok, you like it, I´m not gonna argue ´cause a Z movie.Today is my free day and I´ve watched today good A films as Pride And Glory & Gran Torino at the theather.I´m cured, healed of the trash I saw with the crap of Against The ****ing Dark...It´s a fake, a deceive, a mislead for the people, guys!! It´s the same that cheeting on your wife, ****!!

Do u love the garbage flic?

OK Guys...You win.I love Seagal, but I can´t hold this movie crap

But forget it...I love the movie, I´m dumb from ****ing now on!!

What did you loose your ) criterion?What´s our agree on our ****ing criteria?

Or..at least, where do you leave your discernment, your adult judgment?

Baah!Whatever!3 of 5!!

The movie is cool, it isn´t a great George A.Romero, Blade 2 or 28 days but qe gonna give the garbage 3 of 5!!

Lord have mercy...For god´s sake...

Tao is cool, Segal is cool.

The ****ing movie is REALLY VERY BAD.

But you win...and I lose, you beg, but I chose...The theather to see decent movies...And today I only expent 13bucks for two good films, TWO REALLY 3 OF 5

1-PRIDE AND GLORY-EDWARD NORTON, COLIN FARREL
2-GRAN TORINO-THE LAST CLINT EASTWOOD in front of the cameras

But you win...if I´m gonna buy the european release only because the making of...

I´m sure that Segal will be more in the Behind The Scenes that in the movie

See u around, as always...

I´m so dissapointed.More with you than with the movie.
 
#13
If I am not mistaken weren't you one of the people who said Kill Switch was a good movie even though ALL his fights were doubled and his voice?

latinojazz;195135 said:
A cameo, the first producer line...SteamRoller-Seagal

A cameo, the producers...Steven Seagal, his pupil Bihng Dan and Joe Halpin

A cameo, The first name before the movie title...Steven Seagal

The movie is the lower budget flic I´ve seen in years.IT´S VERY BAD, SOOO POOOR, SOOO CRAP, SOO DISSAPOINTED

But Ok, you like it, I´m not gonna argue ´cause a Z movie.Today is my free day and I´ve watched today good A films as Pride And Glory & Gran Torino at the theather.I´m cured, healed of the trash I saw with the crap of Against The ****ing Dark...It´s a fake, a deceive, a mislead for the people, guys!! It´s the same that cheeting on your wife, ****!!

Do u love the garbage flic?

OK Guys...You win.I love Seagal, but I can´t hold this movie crap

But forget it...I love the movie, I´m dumb from ****ing now on!!

What did you loose your ) criterion?What´s our agree on our ****ing criteria?

Or..at least, where do you leave your discernment, your adult judgment?

Baah!Whatever!3 of 5!!

The movie is cool, it isn´t a great George A.Romero, Blade 2 or 28 days but qe gonna give the garbage 3 of 5!!

Lord have mercy...For god´s sake...

Tao is cool, Segal is cool.

The ****ing movie is REALLY VERY BAD.

But you win...and I lose, you beg, but I chose...The theather to see decent movies...And today I only expent 13bucks for two good films, TWO REALLY 3 OF 5

1-PRIDE AND GLORY-EDWARD NORTON, COLIN FARREL
2-GRAN TORINO-THE LAST CLINT EASTWOOD in front of the cameras

But you win...if I´m gonna buy the european release only because the making of...

I´m sure that Segal will be more in the Behind The Scenes that in the movie

See u around, as always...

I´m so dissapointed.More with you than with the movie.
 
#14
Yes, I did and I do

Kill Switch is a good Seagal Movie.Like the blues music he plays.Little changes

The crap that I can´t explained to myself in Kill Switch is the editing....

It´s nuts!!

But the movie itself is pretty good stuff, with a lot of awesome fight sequences(the hammer one, my friend, the **** broken teeth, cool), and specially the lighting of the movie is the best in years!!

You can see Steven pretty cool in this movie, the editing is horrific, yeah, but his attitude is cool, the story too, and it´s a Seagal movie.Everybody(not fan of Segal) that have watched the movie with me enjoyed a lot, and said wows!! in many parts of the movie.The locations, his way to express his own written lines...anyway, a lot of things

You can´t compare Kill Switch with Against The Dark.

Nevertheless I said that I liked the Tao character, I dislike the low budget and boring unique location of the movie.Not Seagal.Seagal does his job.But the cast, the story, the characters, the lighting...for god´s sake, if the Seagal´s movie are B, all them all, this is Z.

But is not his fault, he were called, he liked the idea, another movie, to be active, a couple of thousand dollars(or more)...cool stuff

Seagal is always awesome with the sword, his face, the way he see, he talks, and in the movie he is really cool.
 

Martin01

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#15
LOL funny statements.

Compared to Kill Switch is Against the Dark a real masterpiece with a normal editing (!!), a better story (easier to following) and better fight choreography.

The only point who Kill Switch is better are the actors.
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#16
latinojazz;195130 said:
To be honest, I´m confused.I´ve been always pretty permissive with the Seagal´s movies except Ticker,(because the horrible lack of fights and the horrific editing of the only ones) and Today You Die(I´ll never agree with fake fights), I accepted awful dubbings(Submerged, Out For A Kill), I accepted weird sequels(Black Dawn), and even I enjoy a bit(and tooke a lot of siestas)with the gore-alien-vampire touch of Attack Force instead of the horrible dubbing and nonsense story.

But now, I´ve watch the movie a couple of hours ago and I´m confused:

1st-That´s incredible that with only 3 days shooting with Seagal the producers have the sassy devil inside to put Steven as starring.I admit that the edit is cool, to put the 3 days footage into a movie to look as Steven has the big role is incredible, but there´s a great lack of Seagal in the flic.

2nd-I like the vampires/mutants/goree movies, but this one is very bad as horror genre.The only attractive is Steven Seagal vs. Vampires.Furthermore there aren´t vampires, are weak mutants easily to kill.

3rd-The budget is very low, the story is poor, without a clear beginning and a typical/topical ending.

Conclusion:1 star from 5

Steven Seagal is cool, a bit fat in the movie, but he handle the sword as the best, not as cool as Into The Sun, but he shows he is awesome.In the movie, Tao is awesome.

But the rest, the double of the rock is young, tall, strong and fight well, but I watch the movie because of Segal, not because Tanoai Reed.

The movie is very boring, slow, filmed in the same location, Rumanian or Bulgarian crap cast(ideal choice for mutants)...The movie is very bad, guys!!

But Tao, Seagal, is cool.Incredible, 3 days shooting...An a worlwide straight to video release, succesfull for sure.Seagal vs. Mutants-Cool Idea!

But the result is a nonsense awful upset typical bad movie.

Without Seagal: 0 stars from 5!!

That´s because Seagal is The Big One, but the movie is garbage.

Best regards, buddies
for a seagal film id give it 2/5

for a horror film id give it a 3/5
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#17
latinojazz;195135 said:
A cameo, the first producer line...SteamRoller-Seagal

A cameo, the producers...Steven Seagal, his pupil Bihng Dan and Joe Halpin

A cameo, The first name before the movie title...Steven Seagal

The movie is the lower budget flic I´ve seen in years.IT´S VERY BAD, SOOO POOOR, SOOO CRAP, SOO DISSAPOINTED

But Ok, you like it, I´m not gonna argue ´cause a Z movie.Today is my free day and I´ve watched today good A films as Pride And Glory & Gran Torino at the theather.I´m cured, healed of the trash I saw with the crap of Against The ****ing Dark...It´s a fake, a deceive, a mislead for the people, guys!! It´s the same that cheeting on your wife, ****!!

Do u love the garbage flic?

OK Guys...You win.I love Seagal, but I can´t hold this movie crap

But forget it...I love the movie, I´m dumb from ****ing now on!!

What did you loose your ) criterion?What´s our agree on our ****ing criteria?

Or..at least, where do you leave your discernment, your adult judgment?

Baah!Whatever!3 of 5!!

The movie is cool, it isn´t a great George A.Romero, Blade 2 or 28 days but qe gonna give the garbage 3 of 5!!

Lord have mercy...For god´s sake...

Tao is cool, Segal is cool.

The ****ing movie is REALLY VERY BAD.

But you win...and I lose, you beg, but I chose...The theather to see decent movies...And today I only expent 13bucks for two good films, TWO REALLY 3 OF 5

1-PRIDE AND GLORY-EDWARD NORTON, COLIN FARREL
2-GRAN TORINO-THE LAST CLINT EASTWOOD in front of the cameras

But you win...if I´m gonna buy the european release only because the making of...

I´m sure that Segal will be more in the Behind The Scenes that in the movie

See u around, as always...

I´m so dissapointed.More with you than with the movie.
its a cameo get over it and dont compare films like gran torino which is a heavy drama going for an oscar) with ATD
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#18
latinojazz;195138 said:
Kill Switch is a good Seagal Movie.Like the blues music he plays.Little changes

The crap that I can´t explained to myself in Kill Switch is the editing....

It´s nuts!!

But the movie itself is pretty good stuff, with a lot of awesome fight sequences(the hammer one, my friend, the **** broken teeth, cool), and specially the lighting of the movie is the best in years!!

You can see Steven pretty cool in this movie, the editing is horrific, yeah, but his attitude is cool, the story too, and it´s a Seagal movie.Everybody(not fan of Segal) that have watched the movie with me enjoyed a lot, and said wows!! in many parts of the movie.The locations, his way to express his own written lines...anyway, a lot of things

You can´t compare Kill Switch with Against The Dark.

Nevertheless I said that I liked the Tao character, I dislike the low budget and boring unique location of the movie.Not Seagal.Seagal does his job.But the cast, the story, the characters, the lighting...for god´s sake, if the Seagal´s movie are B, all them all, this is Z.

But is not his fault, he were called, he liked the idea, another movie, to be active, a couple of thousand dollars(or more)...cool stuff

Seagal is always awesome with the sword, his face, the way he see, he talks, and in the movie he is really cool.
ATD is alot better than KS which to me is seagals worst film ever
 
#19
Might be just me but when it comes to an cameo part i cant really put an score on it..he is either in it all the way or not at all..i had enough of cameo parts from that movie ED..