Please post your reviews for Pistol Whipped in this thread.
supertom;181843 said:Howdy folks, here's my review. And also bear in mind people, you probably know by now I always stand back and look retrospectively and critically before I review. I'm often very realistic (let no one call it harsh) so when you see the following, you'll appreciate just what sort of standard film you'll be in for. Folks this is no pretender like Urban Justice, or even ITS or BOTB, this really is a Seagal film.
After many years of some of the direst DTV films imaginable, Steven Seagal finally does a film that doesn’t need to be rated simply on: how much stunt work he‘s done, or fighting, talking and general set attendance, to come up favourable. Pistol Whipped in the end, actually delivers not only Seagal’s best film since Under Siege, yes, Under Siege, but it’s just a decent action film full stop. This is far beyond the bare minimum delivery of some of his better DTV flicks, such as Belly Of The Beast and Into The Sun. For starters the film has a surprisingly good screenplay, penned by the guy who came up with Ronin. Indeed it doesn’t suffer from mounting plot holes and pointless subplots, it has a twisting narrative that never becomes too convoluted. The biggest reasons though, as to why this will blow the pants of any Seagal fans who thought Urban Justice was a work of brilliance, are Seagal himself, and director Roel Reine. Both combine to deliver both vintage Seagal, but also a vintage, kick ass action film.
Seagal is up for it here. Despite looking possibly as heavy set as he‘s ever been, he’s reverted to a sheer badassedness not seen since Glimmer Man. Some have pointed to his weight as a problem being the tough guy action man, but truth is, the biggest problem in films such as Attack Force, or Flight Of Fury (to name two of a truck load of Turkey’s) is the complete lack of any enthusiasm shown by Seagal. Essentially the promise shown in the efficient, though mediocre, Urban Justice (which gave Seagal plenty of crunching moves and one liners) is fulfilled totally in Pistol Whipped. Seagal is back to his hard talking, quick fisted best! Not only does he have good lines coming out the wazoo, and not only does he show lightening quick moves in his numerous, and well choreographed fight scenes, but get this: Seagal…gives a performance! And get this too: He’s playing a character with some dimension! This is one of Seagal’s best performances. He’s human here, he’s got soul, and that charisma is turned on. It’s the perfect sort of character for Seagal. It engages him, without going past his limitations. There’s a sense at times of ad-libbing, like Seagal puts a stamp on his character, and that’s a good thing, boy is it a good thing! The support cast is also very good. Paul Calderon, Arthur Nascerella and Bernie MclNerney are all recognisable faces, adding a bit of class to the affair, and Lance Henriksen also does a good job in his extended cameo. However Seagal steals the show here.
Given the films meagre budget, every penny is eeked out to give the film a sleek look, that seems at least double what it is. Director Reine does a great job here. Obviously coming from an Indie film background, means he’s used to working with little money, but given the budget for Pistol Whipped was probably far beyond anything he’s previously had at his disposal, it seems as if Reine might have been the proverbial kid in a candy store. The film is loaded with neat visual flourishes. There’s plenty of crane shots, dolly shots and great steadicam work in evidence here. At times there’s perhaps one avid flourish too many, such as sped up, elaborate camera moves to introduce scenes, but the fact is on the whole, this film looks pretty lavish. The super 16 never poses a problem either, given that the cinematography, and said visual niceties, add to the class of proceedings. As for the action: well Reine delivers. He knows how to shoot it. Firstly, when Seagal fights, not only do we see it, but often we’re treated to some imaginative and slick camera work. Adding to the excellent Seagal hand to hand skirmishes (the best since Glimmer Man- no wires, all Seagal, all power) we get an excellent car chase and some decent shootouts. Above all, this film has a decent climax. There’s a feeling of a worthwhile finish, with everything coming to a head.
Elsewhere the film has a good sound mix, and the score is pretty good to. In the end this film delivers what Seagal fans not only want, but deserve. We’ve waited long and hard to really feel that satisfaction that flicks like Out For Justice delivered. Pistol Whipped delivers it straight to your door, piping hot, and Big Papa deserves his tip this time. I really do hope Seagal works with Roel again- and the film is in fact left open for a sequel. As a Seagal fan I’ve had to put up with some horrible films, I’ve also, like many, got to the point of cutting slack for the ones that aren’t quite as horrible as the last- but in actuality, just aren’t very good. Pistol Whipped has some flair about it, some originality and some genuine excitement, while Seagal proves he can still take on his rivals. It very rarely falters, and given more financial backing, could have been a worthwhile theatrical release (especially given horrendous pap like Hitman) As it stands in the DTV wars this year, 2008 has delivered a top quality Lundgren flick, and this Seagal flick. Van Damme and Snipes have a promising couple of films due out, that should deliver solid entertainment. But you know what, it does surprise me a lot, but so far Seagal stands out at the front of the race with Pistol Whipped edging ahead of Missionary Man. And you know what else? I think it might just stay there come the end of the year. I am totally, but delightfully, surprised. ****
rastafari;181846 said:a few questions for supertom
i am watching the film tomorrow hopefully but without giving away spoilers
1.how many fight scenes are there in the film and does the film have a fight scene near the end?
2.whats the overall acting like?..its the one thing in UJ that let it down some of the acting
3.roel renie said theres a lot of talking/drama in the first 30 minutes is that true?
bellyofb;181866 said:so the point is? good but less action and lots of dialoge and body double walking?