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Driven To Kill - Reviews

#2
Well, I already got more entertainment value out of the Ruslan trailer than I got from watching the entire running time of Kill Switch. Maybe that's a good sign.
 

Martin01

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#2
I'm actually not sure that the movie really comes out this month. On amazon echo bridge is listed as the distributor, but it should be Fox I think.

We have to wait and see..
 
#2
Well it should be released in just under 3 weeks, but again no screener, no DVD cover up on Amazon, no picture... I hope this movie is released at the time it was supposed to. I am dying to see this movie, I honestly feel this will be Seagal's BEST dtv release of all time!
 

Martin01

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#2
Littledragon;196009 said:
Well it should be released in just under 3 weeks, but again no screener, no DVD cover up on Amazon, no picture... I hope this movie is released at the time it was supposed to. I am dying to see this movie, I honestly feel this will be Seagal's BEST dtv release of all time!
I think it will be good, but Keeper could be a bit better. ;)

Anyway I can't wait to see Ruslan.
 
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Martin01;196010 said:
I think it will be good, but Keeper could be a bit better. ;)

Anyway I can't wait to see Ruslan.

I thin Keeper overall will be the more professional film in terms of production, budget, etc...

But I think for Martial Arts fans, Ruslan will be the one ;)
 
#2
my friend in russia saw this movie,and this is his review,but in russian,if you can translate,read this.
Пересматривая новую ленту Стивена вновь и вновь, выделяя очевидные преимущества и плюсы картины, каждый раз прихожу к выводу: »Руслан", — это окончательное и явное доказательство, последний штрих в убеждении многих сомневающихся в популярности, величии и таланте неподражаемого Стивена Сигала!

Действительно, картина призвана убедить и показать миру, что Стивен по-прежнему в строю, так же активен и способен на многое, как и не в столь далёкие 90-ые; может шокировать, удивлять и радовать зрителя всё новыми и поистине стоящими кинотворениями! Таковым и является »Руслан", — полным драйва, динамики и откровенного интереса со стороны зрителей, с ностальгией вспоминающих поистине качественные и близкие фильмы прошлого времени!

Сам фильм настолько стремителен и захватывающий, что 1,5 часа пролетают за мгновение, казалось, только включил, только приступил к просмотру, как нескончаемый ряд событий и происшествий, действий и интриг проносится перед тобой с ужасающей скоростью, позволяя ещё минут 10 после просмотра сидеть с удивлённым и шокированным видом, проматывая по несколько раз всё происшедшее в голове. Вот насколько красочно и замечательно всё преподано!

Теперь немного о сюжете. »Руслан" рассказывает зрителю о русском гангстере, бывшем преступнике и бандите, отошедшим от дел и планирующему уйти на заслуженный отдых, человеке по имени Руслан Драчев. Всё вроде идёт по плану, не нарушая спокойного и тихого течения событий, размеренной жизни Руслана. Однако, герой узнаёт о смерти своей дочери, убитой при странных обстоятельствах. Руслан приезжает на место происшедшего и понимает, что кто-то был заинтересован в умышленном убийстве его дочки.

Совершенно не предполагая, кто же виновен в этом убийстве, Руслан отправляется на поиски лиц, замешанных так или иначе в этом деле. Теперь месть, только месть поможет Руслану в этом нелёгком ипытании на прочность, и она будет очень ужасной и жестокой, настолько, что врагам Руслана не позавидуешь…

Вспоминая каждый зрелищный кадр, каждый яркий эпизод (коих в картине предостаточно), вдохновляешься и преисполняешься радости, желаешь посмотреть фильм ещё раз, и ещё, и ещё… «Руслан» не надоедает и не утомляет, не наскучивает и не навевает тоску, нет! Всё с точностью до наоборот, и в этом Вы, Дорогие друзья, скоро убедитесь!

Для возвращения популярности и всемирного успеха Стивен не прогадал, когда подписал контракт на съёмку в этом фильме, ибо, уж не сомневайтесь, Сигал ещё покажет, кто он такой, а «Руслан» является первым и вполне уверенным шагом навстречу новым рекордам, новым рейтингам и любви зрителей во всём мире!

Итак, Уважаемые киноманы, встречайте хит и несомненный шедевр, современный ответ боевикам 90-ых и великий триумф Стивена Сигала с картиной »Руслан"!

Шедевр, талант и несомненный успех, не менее
 
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english translation with a tool. maybe someone could correct it to perfect english :)

Reconsidering Stephen's new tape again and again, allocating obvious advantages and picture pluses, each time I come to a conclusion:» Руслан ", is a definitive and obvious proof, last stroke in belief of many doubting popularity, greatness and inimitable Stephen Sigala's talent! Really, the picture urged to convince and show to the world that Stephen still in a system as it is active and capable of much, as well as not in so far 90-s'; can shock, surprise and please the spectator all new and really standing film creations! That also is"Ruslan", — full of a drive, dynamics and frank interest from outside spectators, with nostalgia recollecting really qualitative and close films of last time! The film is so prompt also grasping that 1,5 hours fly by for an instant, appear, only has included, only has started viewing as a never-ending number of events and incidents, actions and intrigues is carried by before you with terrifying speed, allowing even minutes 10 after viewing to sit with the surprised and shocked kind, wasting on some times all event in a head. Here how much colourfully and remarkably all is given! Now it is a little about a plot.» Руслан "tells to the spectator about the Russian gangster, the former criminal and the gangster, departed from affairs and planning to leave on the deserved rest, the person by name of Ruslan Drachev. All like goes according to plan, without breaking a quiet and silent current of events, a measured life of Ruslana. However, the hero learns about death of the daughter killed under strange circumstances. Руслан comes to the place of an event and understands that someone has been interested in a premeditated murder of his daughter. At all without assuming, who is guilty of this murder, Ruslan goes on searches of the persons who have been got mixed up anyhow in this business. Now the revenge, only revenge will help Ruslanu with this hard ипытании on durability, and it will be very awful and severe, so, that to enemies of Ruslana will not envy … Recollecting each entertainment shot, each bright episode (which in a picture it is enough), are inspired and filled pleasures, wish to look a film once again, both still, and still … "Ruslan" does not bother and does not tyre, not наскучивает and does not cast melancholy, no! All just what isn't needed, and in it you, Dear friends, are soon convinced! For returning of popularity and the world success Stephen has not lost, when has signed the contract on shooting in this film for, do not doubt, Sigal still will show, who it such, and "Ruslan" is the first and quite confident step towards to the new records, new ratings and love of spectators all over the world! So, Dear film fans, meet a hit and a doubtless masterpiece, the modern answer to insurgents of 90-s' and Stephen Sigala's great triumph with a picture "Ruslan"! Masterpiece, talent and doubtless success, not less
 

SimonLustenberger

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pold;196033 said:
my friend in russia saw this movie,and this is his review,but in russian,if you can translate,read this.
Пересматривая новую ленту Стивена вновь и вновь, выделяя очевидные преимущества и плюсы картины, каждый раз прихожу к выводу: »Руслан", — это окончательное и явное доказательство, последний штрих в убеждении многих сомневающихся в популярности, величии и таланте неподражаемого Стивена Сигала!

Действительно, картина призвана убедить и показать миру, что Стивен по-прежнему в строю, так же активен и способен на многое, как и не в столь далёкие 90-ые; может шокировать, удивлять и радовать зрителя всё новыми и поистине стоящими кинотворениями! Таковым и является »Руслан", — полным драйва, динамики и откровенного интереса со стороны зрителей, с ностальгией вспоминающих поистине качественные и близкие фильмы прошлого времени!

Сам фильм настолько стремителен и захватывающий, что 1,5 часа пролетают за мгновение, казалось, только включил, только приступил к просмотру, как нескончаемый ряд событий и происшествий, действий и интриг проносится перед тобой с ужасающей скоростью, позволяя ещё минут 10 после просмотра сидеть с удивлённым и шокированным видом, проматывая по несколько раз всё происшедшее в голове. Вот насколько красочно и замечательно всё преподано!

Теперь немного о сюжете. »Руслан" рассказывает зрителю о русском гангстере, бывшем преступнике и бандите, отошедшим от дел и планирующему уйти на заслуженный отдых, человеке по имени Руслан Драчев. Всё вроде идёт по плану, не нарушая спокойного и тихого течения событий, размеренной жизни Руслана. Однако, герой узнаёт о смерти своей дочери, убитой при странных обстоятельствах. Руслан приезжает на место происшедшего и понимает, что кто-то был заинтересован в умышленном убийстве его дочки.

Совершенно не предполагая, кто же виновен в этом убийстве, Руслан отправляется на поиски лиц, замешанных так или иначе в этом деле. Теперь месть, только месть поможет Руслану в этом нелёгком ипытании на прочность, и она будет очень ужасной и жестокой, настолько, что врагам Руслана не позавидуешь…

Вспоминая каждый зрелищный кадр, каждый яркий эпизод (коих в картине предостаточно), вдохновляешься и преисполняешься радости, желаешь посмотреть фильм ещё раз, и ещё, и ещё… «Руслан» не надоедает и не утомляет, не наскучивает и не навевает тоску, нет! Всё с точностью до наоборот, и в этом Вы, Дорогие друзья, скоро убедитесь!

Для возвращения популярности и всемирного успеха Стивен не прогадал, когда подписал контракт на съёмку в этом фильме, ибо, уж не сомневайтесь, Сигал ещё покажет, кто он такой, а «Руслан» является первым и вполне уверенным шагом навстречу новым рекордам, новым рейтингам и любви зрителей во всём мире!

Итак, Уважаемые киноманы, встречайте хит и несомненный шедевр, современный ответ боевикам 90-ых и великий триумф Стивена Сигала с картиной »Руслан"!

Шедевр, талант и несомненный успех, не менее
Hey Pold.
Do you know where your friend got to watch the movie?
 
#2
Yeah, it doesn't look good for the release to be on time. I've emailed the folks at Echo Bridge and they have yet to respond. My feeling is that Fox has quietly purchased the rights to this from Echo (according to various rumors). That can only mean they were pleased with what they saw which is a good sign. Remains to be seen when they will release it if they're the new distributor. I know that Fox would have promoted this way more than Echo Bridge. DVDs and Blu-rays usually have the cover art up weeks if not months before the street date. I wouldn't be surpirsed if on March 24th there's still no cover art anywhere. This sucks; I really feel like Rusaln will be THE movie that will put Seagal back on the map for good :)
 
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SimonLustenberger;196036 said:
Hey Pold.
Do you know where your friend got to watch the movie?
hi,i don't know,such other russian seagal fans.as for me i believe him,i ask him some qustions,about film,i think that he saw it.he very want go to the forum and answer on your questions,but,he could not wriite,in the threads,because moderator doesn't account his login.
 

SimonLustenberger

Well-Known Member
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pold;196046 said:
hi,i don't know,such other russian seagal fans.as for me i believe him,i ask him some qustions,about film,i think that he saw it.he very want go to the forum and answer on your questions,but,he could not wriite,in the threads,because moderator doesn't account his login.
No problems Pold. Thanks!
 

Martin01

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Staff member
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pold;196046 said:
hi,i don't know,such other russian seagal fans.as for me i believe him,i ask him some qustions,about film,i think that he saw it.he very want go to the forum and answer on your questions,but,he could not wriite,in the threads,because moderator doesn't account his login.
that's very bad...I would like to ask him some questions about the movie.
 
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Hi Pold!

Hi Pold! Thanks for the Review... I can't wait to see this SPecific Movie Myself!!! I will translate this review for yall and get back with yall, later on this week, as to what it says... It will take me a little while, especially since I am going through My Own Battles "Against the Dark", right now for my children and me! This is Cool, to see this review in Russian!!!! Oc(Oc-chin Spah-cee-buh)!!! Thank You very Much!

Love Your Sister(Lube-lue-vahs Yo Sis-trah),
CountryEagle
Stacey :yin:

pold;196033 said:
my friend in russia saw this movie,and this is his review,but in russian,if you can translate,read this.
Пересматривая новую ленту Стивена вновь и вновь, выделяя очевидные преимущества и плюсы картины, каждый раз прихожу к выводу: »Руслан", — это окончательное и явное доказательство, последний штрих в убеждении многих сомневающихся в популярности, величии и таланте неподражаемого Стивена Сигала!

Действительно, картина призвана убедить и показать миру, что Стивен по-прежнему в строю, так же активен и способен на многое, как и не в столь далёкие 90-ые; может шокировать, удивлять и радовать зрителя всё новыми и поистине стоящими кинотворениями! Таковым и является »Руслан", — полным драйва, динамики и откровенного интереса со стороны зрителей, с ностальгией вспоминающих поистине качественные и близкие фильмы прошлого времени!

Сам фильм настолько стремителен и захватывающий, что 1,5 часа пролетают за мгновение, казалось, только включил, только приступил к просмотру, как нескончаемый ряд событий и происшествий, действий и интриг проносится перед тобой с ужасающей скоростью, позволяя ещё минут 10 после просмотра сидеть с удивлённым и шокированным видом, проматывая по несколько раз всё происшедшее в голове. Вот насколько красочно и замечательно всё преподано!

Теперь немного о сюжете. »Руслан" рассказывает зрителю о русском гангстере, бывшем преступнике и бандите, отошедшим от дел и планирующему уйти на заслуженный отдых, человеке по имени Руслан Драчев. Всё вроде идёт по плану, не нарушая спокойного и тихого течения событий, размеренной жизни Руслана. Однако, герой узнаёт о смерти своей дочери, убитой при странных обстоятельствах. Руслан приезжает на место происшедшего и понимает, что кто-то был заинтересован в умышленном убийстве его дочки.

Совершенно не предполагая, кто же виновен в этом убийстве, Руслан отправляется на поиски лиц, замешанных так или иначе в этом деле. Теперь месть, только месть поможет Руслану в этом нелёгком ипытании на прочность, и она будет очень ужасной и жестокой, настолько, что врагам Руслана не позавидуешь…

Вспоминая каждый зрелищный кадр, каждый яркий эпизод (коих в картине предостаточно), вдохновляешься и преисполняешься радости, желаешь посмотреть фильм ещё раз, и ещё, и ещё… «Руслан» не надоедает и не утомляет, не наскучивает и не навевает тоску, нет! Всё с точностью до наоборот, и в этом Вы, Дорогие друзья, скоро убедитесь!

Для возвращения популярности и всемирного успеха Стивен не прогадал, когда подписал контракт на съёмку в этом фильме, ибо, уж не сомневайтесь, Сигал ещё покажет, кто он такой, а «Руслан» является первым и вполне уверенным шагом навстречу новым рекордам, новым рейтингам и любви зрителей во всём мире!

Итак, Уважаемые киноманы, встречайте хит и несомненный шедевр, современный ответ боевикам 90-ых и великий триумф Стивена Сигала с картиной »Руслан"!

Шедевр, талант и несомненный успех, не менее
 
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I'm hoping "Ruslan" comes to Asia soon, they don't release Steven's movies in the order thay are made, having only just viewed "Against the Dark,"
am waiting for "Kill Switch" as well as "Ruslan", love hearing spoken Russian in movies and this is the first time that Steven plays a Russian? sounds like a great storyline though.
Halkush
 
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hi,guis!first of all lefaunt 2 years ago came to our forum and answered on some questions.so this is his parol and login.i understand that most of you don't know russian.my fried will answer on your questions about movie
 
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Martin,what can i say,russian fans don't understand how he could see ruslan,but he answered on our questions,and we believede him.please i'll write in russian,o.k)))?
прежде всего,он этот форумчанин,оставил на странице,посвященной руслану.свой отзыв.конечно же мы заинтересовались,где он смог увидеть фильм.дошло до того,что админ его забанил на неделю,уж больно гоорячее споры были.вот пожалуй и все.что касается английского,то он его знает,и ответит.his login on this forum is Russian gyu.
 
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Translated

Reexamining the new tape of Steven again and again, separating obvious advantages and pluses of picture, each time I come to the conclusion: ” [Ruslan]" , these are final and explicit proof, last prime in the persuasion many of those being doubting the popularity, the sublimity and the talent of inimitable Steven Siegal! Actually, picture is called to convince and to show peace that Steven as before in the system, it is so active and capable to much, as not into the such distant 90-[ye]; can shock, astonish and gladden spectator all by new and truly confronting [kinotvoreniyami]! The same is” [Ruslan]" , complete of [drayva], dynamics and frank interest from the side of spectators, with nostalgia who recall the truly qualitative and close films of past time! Film itself is so swift and gripping that 1,5 hours fly for the instant, it seemed, only it included, only it approached the survey as the interminable number of events and incidents, actions and intrigues it is carried before you with the terrifying speed, allowing still minutes 10 after survey to sit with the [udivlennym] and shocked form, squandering on several times all that occurred in the head. Here how it is colorful and is noticeable all taught! Now a little about the subject. ” [Ruslan]" tells spectator about the Russian gangster, the former criminal and the bandit, that go awayed from the matters and planning to leave to deserved leisure, man on the name Ruslan Drachev. All like [idet] according to the plan, without disrupting the calm and quiet flow of events, the measured off life of Ruslan. However, the hero of [uznaet] about death of its daughter, killed with the strange circumstances. Ruslan arrives in the place of that occurred even he understands, that someone was interested in the intentional murder of his daughter. Completely without assuming, who is guilty of this murder, Ruslan leaves for the searches for the persons, mixed one way or another in this matter. Now vengeance, only vengeance will help Ruslan in this difficult [ipytanii] to the strength, and it will be very terrible and severe, so, that you do not envy to the enemies of Ruslan… Recalling each entertainment sequence, each bright episode (which in the picture quite sufficiently), you inspire and fill happiness, you desire to look film again, and still, and still… “Ruslan” does not annoy and does not tire, not he [naskuchivaet] and it does not blow melancholy, no! All with an accuracy to on the contrary, and of this you, dear friends, soon will be convinced! Steven it did not miscalculate for the return to popularity and the world success, when signed contract to the survey in this film, since, already do not doubt, Siegal still will show, who it such, but “Ruslan” is the first and completely confident step towards the new records, the new ratings and the love of spectators in the entire world! Thus, respected [kinomany], meet Heath and undoubted masterpiece, the contemporary answer to the fighters of the 90th and the great triumph of Steven Siegal with the picture” [Ruslan]"! Masterpiece, talent and undoubted success, is not less
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#2
ive just watched this film

9/10 seagals best since 2001


Story 4/5-a simple story thats easy to follow for once

screenplay 3/5-one of seagals better screenplays up there with PW

acting/support cast 3/5-again compared to ATD and KS the acting's decent for a STV film

fights 4/5-lots of fights very violent...my ony problem is the camera is too close for some shots but king did a better job than he did on KS but i wished RR directed instead

seagal 4/5-seagal cares about this film more than any film since US2 IMO.he even speaks with a russian accent all the way through and althoguh some will criticize him for it ill give him credit for trying

action 4/5-apart from fights theres some good knife fights and shootouts...theres one very violent knife fight where he does a US1 type fight about half way in the film

DOP 5/5-i thought the DOP in this was very good and better IMO than all other seagal STV films..even ITS

overall this is easily one of seagals best STV films but im frustragted that he spent so long making crap like ATD,KS,OOR,OFAK,TYD,AF when he could have made films like this


heres hoping for TK and OTR later in the year
 

DiDa

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Staff member
#3
Thank you for the review! This sounds great. But how about his stunt double? Does Steven do all the fightscenes himself or do we see the stunt double like in Kill Switch? And I hope the editing is not as bad as in Kill Switch...
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#4
DiDa;197194 said:
Thank you for the review! This sounds great. But how about his stunt double? Does Steven do all the fightscenes himself or do we see the stunt double like in Kill Switch? And I hope the editing is not as bad as in Kill Switch...
the editing and fights are miles better than KS
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#11
Littledragon;197204 said:
This movie is amazing!!!

This is his best DTV release of all time!!

I am so happy with this film, the fight scenes are so brutal!!

Seagal is back everyone!!!
ive seen it twice already but i wont watch it now until its release on DVD in the UK which is june i think

agree with LD that its seagals best in years and it has everything a seagal fan wants

good fights
seagal acting and looking like he cares
good Prodcution values and script
not many doubles and no voice dubbing
 

DiDa

Super Moderator
Staff member
#12
Can't wait to see this! I'm so happy that Steven is back on the right tracks!
Little Dragon, can you post a bigger review? I would like to know more if it's possible!
 

rastafari

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#13
DiDa;197206 said:
Can't wait to see this! I'm so happy that Steven is back on the right tracks!
Little Dragon, can you post a bigger review? I would like to know more if it's possible!
heres a longer review for you


the film starts slow and TBH it takes about 20 Minutes to get going but once it does its a all out action film like the old days.there are about 6 fights scenes including a final showdown(something missing in films like PW,MJF and SM which spoiled them a bit) with the bad guy from Indiana jones.the fights are mostly street fighting and very little aikedo but it makes the film more realistic and also theres some nice knifework from seagal(although the bloods a bit overdone like UJ).the music is very good in this film and i liked the Russian theme thats playing in some of seagals fights.another thing is the aikedo would not suit this film as seagals character is old school mafia who in the real world wouldn't know how to use aikedo so im glad in a way he dindt do much aikedo i just hope its back in the keeper and it most certainly will in on the run has he is fighting chinese mafia.the films last 20 mnutes is all set in a hospital and its seagal on his own vs the russian mob and its a great climax to the film as good if not better than the shootout in PW.again i wished Roel reine had directed this has he films with the camera away from the action so you can see everything but for me king uses a few to many close ups but thats a minor complaint in what was for me a great action film that was good enough for a cinema release in my view and ive not said that often about seagals work in the last 8 years.
 
#15
Hey, guys! Driven to kill or Ruslan already is in net! Do you want to watch it, m-m? It's great, and Steven in this film is also in great form (like at face, like at muscles). What do you think about earliest view of the film? I think, that's good idea!
 
#16
was the final showdown efffective??any stunt doubles??in the trailer it seems that in some lines there's no accent and then he starts talikg with one..does this happen in the film??would you say it's better than UJ??THANKS FOR THE REVIEW rastafari!
 
#17
Yeahp, friend! All was nice! Do you know, I have heard russian words and Steven accent, but whole, he spoke English! Get ready for action - that's such words, which can write my empressions from film! I think, that stunt double was, but, as I know, all fighting and action scenes were get by Seagal! It's wonderful! You think so?
 

Martin01

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#18
Here is my little review of the film:


Story
All in all a good story. Easy to follow, actually typical Seagal-revenge-film, but there is a difference: He has also to protect a person in this movie. I thought this was a nice variety to the other revenge-movies Seagal made.

7/10


Actors
The most actors are ok. A lot better than the ones in his eastern europe movies. I liked the main russian gangster, played by the actor of a villain in Indiana Jones 4.
The actors are nearly not as good as the ones in "Pistol Whipped", but I was happy with the most.

7/10


Action & Fights
Surely the most important thing in a Seagal movie. Yes, there is a lot action, I was quite surprised.
There are very much fights, but not much Aikido. It's more made in a street-style-way. Unfortunately, the camera is again too close to the persons in a lot of this fights and there are again some doubles. BUT: There are not nearly as much doubles as in Kill Switch and Steven is very involved here and did some fantastic cool stuff. The fights are very violent too and the editing of the fight scenes is much better than in Kill Switch.

There are also lot of shootouts and very well made. I was surprised. Great choreography, lot of blood and some rooms become completely destroyed.:D

Unfortunately, there aren't bigger explosions and car chases (although a stuntman said there will be one), and I also missed the announced fight scene in Seagals kitchen.

8/10


Steven Seagal
Really in a good shape for this movie, specially when I look at his age. Very committed. In one scene he is running like in the old movies.
Unfortunately, there is dubbing in some scenes, especially at the beginning. But it was not very annoying.

8/10


Music
Sorry, I didn't like the music in the action scenes. This russian sounds should be played on a russian vodka party but not in action scenes.
The rest of the music was ok, but nothing special.

4/10


Optical
Ok, there are again a lot of backyard-locations. But the Director of Photography did a great job to give a good look to the movie. The pictures are crystal clear, and the lighting couldn't be better.
I think "The Keeper" will have a better look and "Submerged" or "Mercenary for Justice" are also better in this regard, but I was quite happy with this result.

7/10


Conclusion
Although there are some things I didn't like (music, camera too close in the fight scenes) and the old films from 1988 to 2001 are ways better, I must say that this is a great action movie for its budget. Good story, lot of action. Together with Mercenary of Justice, Pistol Whipped and Belly of the Beast definitely one of Seagals better movies since Exit Wounds. This movie kicks ass!
When I look to the trailer to "The Keeper", it looks that this one wasn't a exception...

7/10
 
#19
Well, my friend, as I see, you did a deep analyse of the film, very nice, very nice! But... One little thing to know, what' ll be, if the Keeper will worse than Ruslan in you image? On my mind, film is better, then Attack forse and Against the dark, you know.. And, as russian man I can say you: the russian atmosphere, soul and culture look interesting and nice, you see... I'm glad, that have seen this film!
9 from 10! I think it's write and correct decision!
 

rastafari

Well-Known Member
#20
Martin01;197215 said:
Here is my little review of the film:


Story
All in all a good story. Easy to follow, actually typical Seagal-revenge-film, but there is a difference: He has also to protect a person in this movie. I thought this was a nice variety to the other revenge-movies Seagal made.

7/10


Actors
The most actors are ok. A lot better than the ones in his eastern europe movies. I liked the main russian gangster, played by the actor of a villain in Indiana Jones 4.
The actors are nearly not as good as the ones in "Pistol Whipped", but I was happy with the most.

7/10


Action & Fights
Surely the most important thing in a Seagal movie. Yes, there is a lot action, I was quite surprised.
There are very much fights, but not much Aikido. It's more made in a street-style-way. Unfortunately, the camera is again too close to the persons in a lot of this fights and there are again some doubles. BUT: There are not nearly as much doubles as in Kill Switch and Steven is very involved here and did some fantastic cool stuff. The fights are very violent too and the editing of the fight scenes is much better than in Kill Switch.

There are also lot of shootouts and very well made. I was surprised. Great choreography, lot of blood and some rooms become completely destroyed.:D

Unfortunately, there aren't bigger explosions and car chases (although a stuntman said there will be one), and I also missed the announced fight scene in Seagals kitchen.

8/10


Steven Seagal
Really in a good shape for this movie, specially when I look at his age. Very committed. In one scene he is running like in the old movies.
Unfortunately, there is dubbing in some scenes, especially at the beginning. But it was not very annoying.

8/10


Music
Sorry, I didn't like the music in the action scenes. This russian sounds should be played on a russian vodka party but not in action scenes.
The rest of the music was ok, but nothing special.

4/10


Optical
Ok, there are again a lot of backyard-locations. But the Director of Photography did a great job to give a good look to the movie. The pictures are crystal clear, and the lighting couldn't be better.
I think "The Keeper" will have a better look and "Submerged" or "Mercenary for Justice" are also better in this regard, but I was quite happy with this result.

7/10


Conclusion
Although there are some things I didn't like (music, camera too close in the fight scenes) and the old films from 1988 to 2001 are ways better, I must say that this is a great action movie for its budget. Good story, lot of action. Together with Mercenary of Justice, Pistol Whipped and Belly of the Beast definitely one of Seagals better movies since Exit Wounds. This movie kicks ass!
When I look to the trailer to "The Keeper", it looks that this one wasn't a exception...

7/10
agree with most of that apart from the music...i liked the russian vodka music LOL

also i think the DOP was better than any other post 2001 movie