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Into The Sun Reviews

gunslinger said:
Just saw Into the Sun. Really liked it. Definitely his best DTV effort. Several things
came to mind after watching the movie.

1. It should have had a theatrical release.
2. Although there wasn't much action, the action scenes that were there were well
done.
3. Pacing reminded me of The Glimmer Man (not much happens until the end)
4. Seagal used his own voice in the movie...what a refreshing change. :)
5. Direction was good.
6. Really loved the ending where Seagal goes back to work. Cool.
7. Nice score.
8. Nice cinematography and location work.

However, a few things bugged me.

The storyline was incorherent to say the least: The Yakuza get the Tong to assassinate the Japenese governor so it will distract the CIA from investigating their drug activities? All it did was make the CIA MORE aware of it!

The Jewel character. What was the point of her role? She did absolutely jack.
Ditto for the Japanese dude who was the detective. What was the point of having him in the damn movie? He only said two words.

Overall Into the Sun is a good Seagal movie. Here's hoping he continues the trend with Submerged. Fingers crossed.

Ye for real, what was her point in the movie, I still don't understand.
 
Serena please move it as needed

Serena said:
I like deeper action stories, Hallarian! :D LOL And that "plenty of action" sounds like a good thing, too! He does have trouble hanging onto women, doesn't he? :D I guess that's the best incentive for the tough guy in these movies, eh? The loss of the woman he loves. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :) I hope to see it very soon.


P.S. After a day or so, we will merge this thread with the rest of the reviews for Into the Sun. Craig has requested they all be kept in one thread, which is located in the Movie Reviews sub-form of the Movies section. :)

I'm a klutz at this and just stuck it in because I was excited. I've a bruise on my heas and cody keeps trying to lick the cold pack I had on my head while I was watching the movie. Thsi movie was nice to come home to.
 

Clement3000

aka The Phoenix
gunslinger said:
Just saw Into the Sun. Really liked it. Definitely his best DTV effort. Several things
came to mind after watching the movie.

1. It should have had a theatrical release.
2. Although there wasn't much action, the action scenes that were there were well
done.
3. Pacing reminded me of The Glimmer Man (not much happens until the end)
4. Seagal used his own voice in the movie...what a refreshing change. :)
5. Direction was good.
6. Really loved the ending where Seagal goes back to work. Cool.
7. Nice score.
8. Nice cinematography and location work.

However, a few things bugged me.

The storyline was incorherent to say the least: The Yakuza get the Tong to assassinate the Japenese governor so it will distract the CIA from investigating their drug activities? All it did was make the CIA MORE aware of it!

The Jewel character. What was the point of her role? She did absolutely jack.
Ditto for the Japanese dude who was the detective. What was the point of having him in the damn movie? He only said two words.

Overall Into the Sun is a good Seagal movie. Here's hoping he continues the trend with Submerged. Fingers crossed.
I watched it 3 times now, but I'm dumb, which character was Jewel?
 
come back in Japanese style

I like Into the Sun too. It's his first movie when he almost 70 % language using japanese. The whole movie is 90 % japan style. I like the action and the script. This movie is deep and it shows not only our Steve but his partner and other elements importend in the movie. There was only one movie when his woman lived to the end "Hard to Kill" yes I know that his wife was killed at the beginning. I hope that his new title will be also as good as this. Also I hope that Into The Sun DVD will be released in Polad official very soon (but it's only hope becouse they just released Out of Reach in my country not showing Belly Of The Beast first, weird).
 
Hey Guys, thought i'd drop in

It's been awhile since I posted on this forum. Frankly, the reason was because I was starting to get disappointed with the amount of effort Seagal was putting into his movies. I completely lost interest in Seagal for a couple of months, and still do not consider myself the superfan I once was. Nevertheless, I decided to pick up "Into the Sun" to see how he would do with a supposedly much bigger (35 million dollar) budget. What I found was quite surprising. Here is my review, which will also be avaiable on IMDB shortly.

Into the Sun:
It's been a rough for years for Seagal. Hell, it's been a rough few years for action stars in general. Guys like Vin Diesel and The Rock just don't deliver, and the quality of movies Van Damme and Seagal have choosen to do really aren't even worth mentioning. But much to my surprise, Seagal pulled a complete 360 with "Into the Sun", his latest action vehicle. While it isn't anywhere near as good as the classics, it does bring us a more entertaining Seagal, one we haven't seen since "On Deadly Ground" ( or at the very least, Exit Wounds"

While everyone by now knows the story (not in spite of the fact it is the same story for the majority of his movies), it was still quite a fun little movie. Seagal did lose a little bit of weight, and his fighting scenes are a little more believeable. One in particular was the hand-to-hand scene where he punches the heck out of a guy at the casino, while taking on a bunch of his henchmen and throwing him out the window. The sword fight was a nice change in its brutality, but personally Seagal's hand-to-hand is a lot more satisfying to watch. The actors were competent, and Seagal managed to steer clear of voice overs while showing his mature yet subtle tough guy side. The special effects were quite cool, as was the cinematography showing Tokyo.

There were some problems, that's to be expected. Some of the scenes were sped up so fast, it was almost a challenge to try and see who was fighting who. The storyline was full of holes, particulary the opening scene (what is Seagal and Eddie George doing except shooting up a village?) and the action, although overall well done, was not mixed up enough, and took a little long to get started. There was also that whole thing up spraying the blue stuff all over the place, but I digress.

Overall, Seagal surprised me and made me realize why I was once a diehard fan. While I can't say I will ever respect him as much as I did before "Out for a Kill", it's nice to see he is capable of doing a decent film. At the same time, it's disappointing to see that the only time we'll here Seagal's own voice and not have to play "spot the stunt double" is when he is getting a higher paycheck. Should it have gone to theatres? Probably not. It wouldn't have done well, that's just a fact. But I for one don't care if they go to theatres, I can watch them at home. The quality just better be there, and when it is, it makes you want to smile. Because then, you can respect the man for what he truly is. A hero, and one that can still kick ass even after 20+ years in the game.
 

aikidoboynj

"Lookin fit Nelson"
Reservoir Dog said:
It's been awhile since I posted on this forum. Frankly, the reason was because I was starting to get disappointed with the amount of effort Seagal was putting into his movies. I completely lost interest in Seagal for a couple of months, and still do not consider myself the superfan I once was. Nevertheless, I decided to pick up "Into the Sun" to see how he would do with a supposedly much bigger (35 million dollar) budget. What I found was quite surprising. Here is my review, which will also be avaiable on IMDB shortly.

Into the Sun:
It's been a rough for years for Seagal. Hell, it's been a rough few years for action stars in general. Guys like Vin Diesel and The Rock just don't deliver, and the quality of movies Van Damme and Seagal have choosen to do really aren't even worth mentioning. But much to my surprise, Seagal pulled a complete 360 with "Into the Sun", his latest action vehicle. While it isn't anywhere near as good as the classics, it does bring us a more entertaining Seagal, one we haven't seen since "On Deadly Ground" ( or at the very least, Exit Wounds"

While everyone by now knows the story (not in spite of the fact it is the same story for the majority of his movies), it was still quite a fun little movie. Seagal did lose a little bit of weight, and his fighting scenes are a little more believeable. One in particular was the hand-to-hand scene where he punches the heck out of a guy at the casino, while taking on a bunch of his henchmen and throwing him out the window. The sword fight was a nice change in its brutality, but personally Seagal's hand-to-hand is a lot more satisfying to watch. The actors were competent, and Seagal managed to steer clear of voice overs while showing his mature yet subtle tough guy side. The special effects were quite cool, as was the cinematography showing Tokyo.

There were some problems, that's to be expected. Some of the scenes were sped up so fast, it was almost a challenge to try and see who was fighting who. The storyline was full of holes, particulary the opening scene (what is Seagal and Eddie George doing except shooting up a village?) and the action, although overall well done, was not mixed up enough, and took a little long to get started. There was also that whole thing up spraying the blue stuff all over the place, but I digress.

Overall, Seagal surprised me and made me realize why I was once a diehard fan. While I can't say I will ever respect him as much as I did before "Out for a Kill", it's nice to see he is capable of doing a decent film. At the same time, it's disappointing to see that the only time we'll here Seagal's own voice and not have to play "spot the stunt double" is when he is getting a higher paycheck. Should it have gone to theatres? Probably not. It wouldn't have done well, that's just a fact. But I for one don't care if they go to theatres, I can watch them at home. The quality just better be there, and when it is, it makes you want to smile. Because then, you can respect the man for what he truly is. A hero, and one that can still kick ass even after 20+ years in the game.

What was that blue stuff again? It was to make the evidence impossible to uncover right?
 

aikidoboynj

"Lookin fit Nelson"
Oh yeah just a side note, I think Vin Diesel really has what it takes to take over the legit tough guy roles, being a bouncer and just looking like a rough guy...I think the only thing he lacks is good direction, his movies are way to crazy, he needs a simpler and more realistic formula, and good fight sequences. Maybe Dwight Little could do something right for the guy, if Marked For Death is his usualy style he's got it down, that movie was the epitome of a good simple but effective action movie IMO. I think Vin Needs to stray away from these way to OVER THE TOP style movies he continually does. I think the Rock is to corny to really be the next big action hero. Maybe it's because I used to watch WCW NITRO and WWF RAW a while back. What do you guys think
 

Kaze

New Member
Into The Sun another crappy Seagal movie to add to my prestine collection.
What can I say about this film, beside the fact that people named "Mink" should never be allowed to direct a motion picture and investing 35million dollars in a Seagal flick is a big mistake. Man how I wish it were the old Seagal days when he had good scripts and half decent directors to work with. Anyway here's my two cents on this latest Seagal DTV picture, probably one of the most expensive DTV films Seagals ever done.

The film had a decent budget, an all star Japanese cast for those who watch a lot of Japanese film you'll immediate recognize all the familiar faces and a half decent script. So what went wrong, you figure with 30+ Million Dollars you can expect a half decent film. Well your wrong cause some two bit Hummer driving MTV director named "Mink" got a hold of the film. The man actually manages to use every horrible film making technique in book to make this film bad, there were times in the film where I was like what the hell is going on, is this guy actually trying to make a bad film. Everything from cheesy blue screen effects, to rediculous CGI enhanced shots, to broken continuity, to crossing the axis, our man Mr. Mink doesn't let one bad film making technique pass it's like he graduated from the school of bad film making. Some of Seagals other DTV films like Belly of the Beast or Out of Reach were bad, but man at least they were made by professional B-movie directors who can put together a film from shot to shot. This guy was just horrible, a few examples: there's a simple scene where Seagal is talking to his Boss in CIA office and there's this folder of Yakuza headshots lying on the table, one shot the pictures outside of the folder, we cut back the picture has magically jumped back into the folder, and then back out and then back in the pictures jumps in and out of that folder like clockwork, I was laughing my ass off. And then we have that opening scene with the helicopter, everything's looking fine we got helicopter flying, machine guns blazing...Oh wait a minute something about those machineguns look funky...wait wait is that CGI Muzzle from Adobe After Effects, no way that can't be. So I press rewind on the DVD player...holy**** that is CGI muzzle flash. Why? why? why use CGI muzzle flash just to make the film that much cheesier. The film is filled with stupid **** like that, buy the end of the film I had decided to take the movie as either a comedy or a lesson on what not to do in film making. Poor Seagal, he keeps getting stiffed with these losers one after another and they just get worse with each new DTV film he makes. I hope to see a least a semi professional looking film from his next few release, even B-movie directors have a limit.
 

mikek7316

Engorged Member
Into the Sun rocks

A plot synopsis, cast listing, and review of Into the Sun by Mike K:

Rogue CIA agent Travis Hunter is a foreigner on deadly ground in Japan, as he has been marked for death by the Japanese mafia. Fortunately, Hunter is hard to kill and sets a fire down below the ranks of the Yakuza, which rises into the sun. Hunter is out for justice and out for a kill at any cost, and after the brutal murder of his wife he must remain above the law to take down the ruthless Japanese gang. Most of Hunter's victims never realize that their illegal terrorist network is under seige, since the gangsters only catch a glimmer of this man, who is at heart a patriot. Much blood and gore is evident as Hunter does not just fight his enemies, but ensures they are half past dead when he is finished with them. The ticker is running out... does Hunter have what it takes to enter the belly of the beast, or will he find himself under seige too?

Written by: Steven Seagal
Producer: Steven Seagal
Starring: Steven Seagal
Choreography: Steven Seagal
Soundtrack composer: Steven Seagal
Soundtrack performed by: Steven Seagal

Into the Sun is by far Mr. Seagal's best DTV yet, which is quite an accomplishment considering the popularity and quality of BOTB. Excellent swordfighting scenes with cool shots (especially overhead shots in the final scenes), combined with a lot of blood, a polished theatrical look, and a couple of good Seagal one-liners make this a great film. I am also VERY happy that Mr. Seagal is now using his own voice instead of some dubbed voice that doesn't sound anything like him. The ending of the film is somewhat ambiguous, leaving room for the possibility of a sequel, which we all hope will come to fruition. ***** 5/5 stars!
 
Into The Sun is a pleasure to watch, this is a film by his since Exit Wounds that I can watch over and over again. I love this film, a little bloopers, but still it is much better than his recent DTV'S. I think Today You Die will be better than ITS though. ;)
 

suziwong

Administrator
Staff member
I liked soo much...

I remembered one scene and I liked ...

He was sitting FBI building at the table and in front of the mirror.
Did you remember his fingers ??? :D
hah !! He was sooo sweet !!!

suzi
 

Clement3000

aka The Phoenix
Into The Sun Review

I'm not sure if this has already but if it has sorry, I can't find it anywhere, here goes:
http://www.thecritics.org/movies/movie_review.asp?ID=1727
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Into The Sun (2004)
Reviewed by Jason Van Bergen

2/9/2005
For his entire bravado and machismo attitude, Steven Seagal is actually an exemplary human being in the manner by which he uses his chosen art to shed light upon problems in the world. Indeed, Seagal’s acting work would be highly relevant and worthwhile on a populist level today if it weren’t for fickle consumer tastes and a bit more talent in the acting department to go along with his martial arts prowess.

In Seagal’s latest flick, “Into the Sun,” he sheds light upon the problem of drug-trafficking within the burgeoning economies of Japan and China, particularly as relating to alleged mafia involvement in such activities. Of course, along with Seagal’s social commentary, he must insist that he always be there hero, saving the day, with his motives entirely cut and dried toward the side of good – the character would occasionally do with a slightly darker side even to the good guys.

Yet “Into the Sun” is sufficiently enjoyable that it should please long-time fans insisting upon catching each and every yearly project. Steven Seagal as a cinematic superstar is long a thing of the past, but a loyal group of viewers remain, and Seagal’s social commentary is just resonant enough to keep even the casual fan motivated to seek out his latest effort in the video store.

Into The Sun

Action superstar Steven Seagal is back in this nonstop thrill ride! When the governor of Tokyo is murdered, it falls on ex-CIA agent Travis Hunter to track down the responsible terrorists. However, the plot to kill the Governor is only the beginning of a web of corruption and violence. Hunter discovers a plan by a rising Yakuza leader to build an enormous drug-dealing network with the Chinese Mafia. With time running out and the Yakuza determined to see their plan through, Hunter must thwart the operation - and get out alive.

http://www.thecritics.org/movies/movie_review.asp?ID=1727
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Actually if you want my honest opinion I will give his top 5 best. I will grade them 1 to 5.

1) Under Seige:probably his best as far as the tole he palyed. I would give it a
4.5
2) Exit Wounds: With a little help with DMX this turned out to be a pretty good movie. I would have also give it 4.5
3) Marked For Death: Well not much to say about the plot in theis one. It gets
a 4.0
4) Above The Law: Probably should be at the top but it was his first, so it will
a 4.0
5) Glimmer Man: A good plot, Wayans did work out well with Seagal so I will give another 4.0

You probably have different opinions and opinions very. I would of stuck
"Belly Of The Beast" in their and "Out For A Kill" but I just put the ones I liked best.:D
 
seagalstheman said:
Actually if you want my honest opinion I will give his top 5 best. I will grade them 1 to 5.

1) Under Seige:probably his best as far as the tole he palyed. I would give it a
4.5
2) Exit Wounds: With a little help with DMX this turned out to be a pretty good movie. I would have also give it 4.5
3) Marked For Death: Well not much to say about the plot in theis one. It gets
a 4.0
4) Above The Law: Probably should be at the top but it was his first, so it will
a 4.0
5) Glimmer Man: A good plot, Wayans did work out well with Seagal so I will give another 4.0

You probably have different opinions and opinions very. I would of stuck
"Belly Of The Beast" in their and "Out For A Kill" but I just put the ones I liked best.:D

Ahhh! Why why why! Seagal looks so overweight, and half the fights he didn't even do. Why do people like that movie so much.
 
Even though he looked over weight he stilled packed the punch which counts for
alot . To answer the ? about Van Damm. Van Damms' movie show more because of his presence. He does what the Choreographer wants him to do and how he
wants it done. Seagal Choreographs all of his fight scenes, which ie you look at most of them, they are basic Aikido, Judo moves. The thing that Seagal has against is that he knows more than one style, while Van Damm is one dimentional, not that, thats bad but it would be nice to see him use his left foot or left fisr every once in awhile.
 
seagalstheman said:
Even though he looked over weight he stilled packed the punch which counts for
alot . To answer the ? about Van Damm. Van Damms' movie show more because of his presence. He does what the Choreographer wants him to do and how he
wants it done. Seagal Choreographs all of his fight scenes, which ie you look at most of them, they are basic Aikido, Judo moves. The thing that Seagal has against is that he knows more than one style, while Van Damm is one dimentional, not that, thats bad but it would be nice to see him use his left foot or left fisr every once in awhile.

You noticed that as well!!! You are my hero! :D