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Review: Marked For Death

#3
Eventhough I did not understand how that amount of artillery and arms got into Jamaica but anyway some real nice action was packed with the film. I wish its dvd had a behind the scenes feature:(
 
#4
I guess-in custom was blind custumers day :D
Jaaaa...I lke this movie becouse of really good thought-and
fight scenes specialy.:eek:
 

Storm

Smile dammit!
#6
His best movie. The fights with the posse all through the film show him at his peak.The shopping mall scene is action at its best.
 

Administrator

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#8
Fallschirmjager Gustav said:
I think marked for death is one of his best movies.
It is the most violent film , if i remember correctly.
Total must for anyone who likes steven seagal.
Welcome to the forum, glad you enjoyed the movie. :)

Craig
 
#9
Welcome To The Site!

Fallschirmjager Gustav said:
I think marked for death is one of his best movies.
It is the most violent film , if i remember correctly.
Total must for anyone who likes steven seagal.

Welcome to the site! I loved Marked For Death. It is in my Top 5 Seagal Movie List.
 

Serena

Administrator
#12
Fallschirmjager Gustav said:
I think marked for death is one of his best movies.
It is the most violent film , if i remember correctly.
Total must for anyone who likes steven seagal.
Hello! :) Welcome to the forum.
Good choice! I think many fans consider Marked for Death one of Stevens' best movies.
Hope we see more posts from you in the future. :)
 

Jules

Potters Clay
#14
Marked for Death is the only movie of Mr. Seagals' that had scenes that gave me the willies. I fast forward through those scenes and I like the movie. I really liked the remarks he made at the apartment when he killed one guy and the other guy ended up out the window.
 
#15
Not my favorite of his

"Marked for Death" is not one of my favorite in Seagal's filmography. The story is bland and the villian unengaging. I'll watch it to see Seagal, but without him, I wouldnt recommend it.
 

lee nicholson

Well-Known Member
#16
MARKED FOR DEATH (apart from OUT FOR JUSTICE) is the cream of the crop, as far as SEAGAL movies go. Fast paced, a great soundtrack (which i own) and bone-crunching violence (the shopping mall arm snap is a joy to behold!) but not long after, it marks the end, in his 'ultra-violent' mode of movies. Bigger budgets were to come and hollywood beckoned. I wonder why he didn't make more movies with 20th CENTURY FOX? (i had read, that FOX were accused of 'filmatic-racism' that year, along with PREDATOR 2, giving a missrepresentation of rastafarians)

peace
 

TDWoj

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Staff member
#17
My friend and I watched the movie together a while back, since I wanted to pick her brain on what was accurate and what wasn't (she's taking Caribbean studies at university, and she and I work on projects together involving one of the Caribbean countries).

One thing both she and I noticed was the disclaimers about not all Jamaicans being members of "posses" - it's mentioned at least twice in the film.

The Santaria stuff was mostly right, though she said that Rastas wouldn't really do what what's-his-name did in the film, consulting bones and suchlike. She did notice one of the black actors not getting the accent/dialect quite right - they say "respeck" in the Caribbean, for example, and one of the actors misspoke, and said "respect" - small stuff like that. Other details were just plain made up, but made for good movie suspense.

It was one of those "six degrees of" situations for me, since my friend was involved in putting on Carifesta VII in 2000 and Jimmy Cliff was one of the artistes on the programme!

I think the film, while not accurate in detail, hardly overstepped the bounds of racism, no matter how politically correct one might be.

I think the problem with what Lee was mentioning had more to do with that outbreak of rabid political correctness that took place in the early 90s than with any real problem with this film.

If you want a film that lowers the reputation of blacks on film, try watching "Soul Plane". That was way worse in stereotyping than Marked for Death ever was.
 
#18
MFD Is A Seagal Essential!

Marked For Death is a fantastic Seagal film! It is one of those classic Seagal movies that is on every Seagal fans Top 5 Seagal movie lists. The action scenes were revolutionary, the plot was great, the cast of actors were terrific, some scenes were overdone with the whole rastafarian Jamacian image but the movie is a classic and one of Seagal's best!

I give it a 4 out of 5.
 

lee nicholson

Well-Known Member
#19
TDWoj

I understand what you are saying, but i was merely pointing out the article i read (at the time) that stated that "FOX were accused of filmatic-racism." I personally don't think the movie was rascist, it had a lot of good things to say about afro-caribbeans as well. Unfortunetly though, most black youths look up to, or aspire to be 'seen' as gangster/killer/pimp stereotypes (mostly due to music and movies) and even though i'm partial to a bit of 'gangsa-rap', it doesn't do black people any good.
But i do agree with your comments on political correctness (it is silly, and in most cases, a good 'get-out' clause for most people)
Did your friend speak to JIMMY CLIFF, and if so, what did he have to say about SEAGAL?

peace
 

TDWoj

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#20
She was the general overseer in charge of making sure nothing went too seriously wrong, so she didn't have much direct contact with the artistes, alas, since the concerts were being handled by a specific committee. Of course I asked her if she had a chance to talk to Jimmy Cliff, but she hadn't. Drat! But that was four years ago, B.S.S. (Before Steven Seagal - I didn't become a fan of his until last year). If she has a chance to meet Jimmy Cliff again, though, she has her instructions!

I think the point about MFD, though, is that it likely fell into that politically-correct consciousness nonsense and it therefore suffered somewhat from the fall-out of that, regardless of whether it was actually overtly racist or stereotypical, or not (it was mildly stereoptypical, but not racist, at least, I didn't think so, and neither did my friend who knows more about what might be considered stereotypical vis-a-vis the view of Jamaicans by non-Jamaicans than I).