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Into The Sun Reviews

TDWoj

Administrator
Staff member
#21
lee nicholson said:
Hi there
Just read a review for INTO THE SUN by VERN (remember him?) he is actually a big fan, but he does tell it as it is.
He says the movie, has a few sword fights in it, but a lot of the action takes place in the latter half. He says it is one of the most 'professional' d-t-v's that SEAGAL has made.

He also mentions a brief love scene.

Even though Vern likes to jape, he is a SEAGAL fan, so if you don't mind knowing the plot, take a look.
I can't wait to see it, i've pre-ordered my copy from amazon.

Let me know what you think?

peace
The thing is, Into the Sun was supposed to be a theatrical release, hence the professionalism, but clearly, once the suits at Warner had a look at it, they decided it wasn't good enough to waste money promoting it.

The A&E Bio, in fact, was filmed probably around the same time as post-production, when it was still slated to be a theatrical release. That's what the A&E Biography was - it was something put together to promote the movie theatrically, not a real "biography", and it served its function to make Steven's fans all warm and fuzzy for him again.

Don't get me wrong - I'm all in favour of reinventing oneself (I do it frequently myself), so I think the A&E Biography did what it set out to do, very successfully, if responses here in the forum are anything to go by.

It's just worrisome that the suits at Warner Bros. decided Into the Sun wasn't good enough for theatrical release, and if they did that to a film where he actually put some effort into making it, what does that hold for us - and him - in the future?

-TD, happy the glass is half-full but wondering about the half that's empty
 

Mason

Well-Known Member
#24
There allways is!

Vern said:
Don't worry though, there's more action than The Patriot.

thanks,

Vern
http://www.lulu.com/outlawvern
That wouldnt be to hard to achive.:D:D

And another thing...How are the fightscenes choregraphed?? Please dont tell that they are Matrix style like the fightscenes in Belly Of The Beast,becouse then I'm really dissapointed. I hope the are more realistic like in his old movies.
 
#26
Here's the IMDB Review:


Same Steven. Same plot.. Less quality., 6 January 2005
Author: thesociety from San Pedro


It's the billion dollar formula, the cop on his last investigation, loses his new bride to bad guys and swears revenge. You hope there's something new, in the flair, the setting, or maybe the bad guys. Not in this movie. The grouchy FBI boss was toothless, the rookie recruit wasn't likable and the wife didn't even get to struggle.

The bad guys weren't believable or scary, and neither was the violence. Steven has slowed down a step or two, looks more like David Carradine. Maybe they expected Steven's competent Japanese to give him character. The violence was cheap, very cheap. No one dies in any exciting way. The blood is so terribly fake. A movie about Yakuza and made by Yakuza Productions Inc.
 

Kaze

New Member
#28
Man I can't wait to see this, a quality Seagal production how I miss those days. I've been checking my local DVD store every week hoping I'll see it on the shelves. I live in China so the DVD stores here get all the latest DVDs up like the very day they are released. Since I'm like the only one who buys Seagal films in all of Beijing they always keep a copy of Seagal's newest film just for me.
 

Administrator

Administrator
Staff member
#29
Well after getting my hands on a preview copy here's my thought on the movie:

Action:
Steven Seagal looks in the best shape he's been in since Exit Wounds. The action fight sequences unfortunately were few and far between. There was a fight at the mall that was superb, in my opinion this was great, but it was over too soon. This was really the only time where he truly showed off his hard to hand combat moves as well as his Aikido throws. The other fights later on were mainly sword based although there were a few punches. ;) No care chases at all. :( The movie was certainly more plot based than we are used to for a Steven Seagal movie.

Characters:
Steven Seagal get's a partner in this movie, but he is pretty much under-used. There's a few funny moments between them. The other characters are pretty poor too. William Atherton as the boss doesn't seem to interested in his role and the other Chinese and Japanese stars don't improve the movie much either. I sure miss the days when Steven Seagal made movies with a decent support cast.

Soundtrack:
The radio stations and restaurants in Tokyo must all be tuned in to Steven Seagal FM, everywhere he went his music was playing - i heard a few of his tunes from 'Songs From The Crystal Cave' playing through the film. Overall i counted at least three of his songs including the credits song. The soundtrack was good though. :)

Direction:
The movie begins with an action sequence in the jungle, which is not very well done. The opening credits begin and then some graphic work happens to show the movie is in Tokyo. When i saw this is reminded me other Michael Oblowitz's work in 'Out For A Kill' and i thought the worst, but after that panic it was certainly well directed. Good job mink. :)

Overall:
Pretty disappointing, i was expecting much more for a budget of $35 million, i don't know where all this money was used as it seems rather excessive considering not much was blown up. It is certainly a better movie than 'Out For A Kill' and 'The Foreigner', but it is not better than 'Belly Of The Beast' and nowhere near as good as his earlier work. :( For a direct to video effort it is certainly above average though. :) I must admit i pretty much agree with the review form 'Ain't It Cool'.

Rating:
2 / 5

If i think of more later i will add to the review.
 

suziwong

Administrator
Staff member
#30
Thanks for the review Craig, I can not wait this movie !!
I saw you have some photos !!! :D
very good photos I belive !!

sincerely

suzi
 

Kotegashi

Master Of Disaster
Staff member
#33
:confused: :eek: :confused: :eek:
Craig Robertson said:
Well after getting my hands on a preview copy here's my thought on the movie:
:confused: :eek: :confused: :eek:

How on earth did you get your hands on a preview copy?????

I've been e-mailing to almost every online dvd-store in the Netherlands and to every movie company in Holland if they have any idea if and when Into The Sun gets released here. No luck uptill now, most of them didn't even know anything about the movie.

Cann't you make a trailer for the members and post it in the exclusive section? (please, please, pretty please?) :D :D :D

I cannot wait to see it!


Peace
 
#34
Craig Robertson said:
Well after getting my hands on a preview copy here's my thought on the movie:

Action:
Steven Seagal looks in the best shape he's been in since Exit Wounds. The action fight sequences unfortunately were few and far between. There was a fight at the mall that was superb, in my opinion this was great, but it was over too soon. This was really the only time where he truly showed off his hard to hand combat moves as well as his Aikido throws. The other fights later on were mainly sword based although there were a few punches. ;) No care chases at all. :( The movie was certainly more plot based than we are used to for a Steven Seagal movie.

Characters:
Steven Seagal get's a partner in this movie, but he is pretty much under-used. There's a few funny moments between them. The other characters are pretty poor too. William Atherton as the boss doesn't seem to interested in his role and the other Chinese and Japanese stars don't improve the movie much either. I sure miss the days when Steven Seagal made movies with a decent support cast.

Soundtrack:
The radio stations and restaurants in Tokyo must all be tuned in to Steven Seagal FM, everywhere he went his music was playing - i heard a few of his tunes from 'Songs From The Crystal Cave' playing through the film. Overall i counted at least three of his songs including the credits song. The soundtrack was good though. :)

Direction:
The movie begins with an action sequence in the jungle, which is not very well done. The opening credits begin and then some graphic work happens to show the movie is in Tokyo. When i saw this is reminded me other Michael Oblowitz's work in 'Out For A Kill' and i thought the worst, but after that panic it was certainly well directed. Good job mink. :)

Overall:
Pretty disappointing, i was expecting much more for a budget of $35 million, i don't know where all this money was used as it seems rather excessive considering not much was blown up. It is certainly a better movie than 'Out For A Kill' and 'The Foreigner', but it is not better than 'Belly Of The Beast' and nowhere near as good as his earlier work. :( For a direct to video effort it is certainly above average though. :) I must admit i pretty much agree with the review form 'Ain't It Cool'.

Rating:
2 / 5

If i think of more later i will add to the review.
No way Craig,nothing can be as worse than Belly Of The Beast, Seagal looked terrible, the fights were pathetic..
 

Serena

Administrator
#35
Littledragon said:
No way Craig,nothing can be as worse than Belly Of The Beast, Seagal looked terrible, the fights were pathetic..
In your humble opinion, of course. :D
Some of us happen to think it was better than Out For a Kill. ;)
In OUR humble opinion, of course. :D
 
#39
suziwong said:
I am with you Serena !!! c'mon Dragon, Belly of the Beast was not a bad !!
sincerely

suzi

Sorry Suzi to me it was, the only reason imo it Out For A Kill was better than Belly Of The Beast because of the really neat plot and fight scenes, Belly Of The Beast he didn't do the fights, he was fighting with Tai-Chi, they have some stunt double make him do a jump spinning hook kick, and he looked so out of shape in that movie. But I would have to admit the Belly Of The Beast plot was very cool. If Seagal looked how he did in OFAK and the fights of OFAK were in BOTB, I would like BOTB better. ;)
 
#40
Craig Robertson said:
Well after getting my hands on a preview copy here's my thought on the movie:

Action:
Steven Seagal looks in the best shape he's been in since Exit Wounds. The action fight sequences unfortunately were few and far between. There was a fight at the mall that was superb, in my opinion this was great, but it was over too soon. This was really the only time where he truly showed off his hard to hand combat moves as well as his Aikido throws. The other fights later on were mainly sword based although there were a few punches. ;) No care chases at all. :( The movie was certainly more plot based than we are used to for a Steven Seagal movie.

Characters:
Steven Seagal get's a partner in this movie, but he is pretty much under-used. There's a few funny moments between them. The other characters are pretty poor too. William Atherton as the boss doesn't seem to interested in his role and the other Chinese and Japanese stars don't improve the movie much either. I sure miss the days when Steven Seagal made movies with a decent support cast.

Soundtrack:
The radio stations and restaurants in Tokyo must all be tuned in to Steven Seagal FM, everywhere he went his music was playing - i heard a few of his tunes from 'Songs From The Crystal Cave' playing through the film. Overall i counted at least three of his songs including the credits song. The soundtrack was good though. :)

Direction:
The movie begins with an action sequence in the jungle, which is not very well done. The opening credits begin and then some graphic work happens to show the movie is in Tokyo. When i saw this is reminded me other Michael Oblowitz's work in 'Out For A Kill' and i thought the worst, but after that panic it was certainly well directed. Good job mink. :)

Overall:
Pretty disappointing, i was expecting much more for a budget of $35 million, i don't know where all this money was used as it seems rather excessive considering not much was blown up. It is certainly a better movie than 'Out For A Kill' and 'The Foreigner', but it is not better than 'Belly Of The Beast' and nowhere near as good as his earlier work. :( For a direct to video effort it is certainly above average though. :) I must admit i pretty much agree with the review form 'Ain't It Cool'.

Rating:
2 / 5

If i think of more later i will add to the review.

BTW thank you so much for the review Craig! I love the pictures!