Littledragon;197286 said:I know we are all entitled to our own opinions and most of your reviews I agree with you supertom, but I completely disagree with you. I really think you are not giving the credit in which this film deserves.
I will admit the plot felt a little dull and was a little stale, but this is some of Seagal's if not Seagal's best work for a dtv release in years. You can tell Seagal was more involved then he ever has been. The action and fight scenes were some of Seagal's best.
I really disagree with your review, maybe you expected so much more from the trailer that you were dissapointed in the end result. I agree I did expect much more, but I really believe you are not being fair to Seagal in this review. This film in my opinion is his best DTV release yet, classic Seagal action, fights, one liners. And to say it is a little better than Kill Switch, that is an understatement. It is a lot better than Kill Switch. Kill Switch to me is his WORST dtv release ever!
Driven To Kill is a great Seagal film, so far this is the ONLY negative review, and I believe if you watch it again with an open mind and understand that most of the fans look forward to the action and fight scenes, not A class acting, you'll be satisfied.
But I really feel you are too harsh on this film and do not agree with you review at all.
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. I just didn't like the film. I went in to this one expecting more. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to be on a level with PW, and it was not at all, but I felt it could be as good as UJ. It's a lot better than Kill Switch, but that's not saying a lot at all. It might be action packed but the action wasn't very well filmed, or thought out. Certainly, I'd like to see Seagal move back to doing more aikido based moves. The fights were very offensive on Seagals part. A lot of big boots, punches and violent payoffs, and in part that's down to him playing a darker character. But I prefer the more evasive moves, when he uses his opponets momentum against them. That scene in Marked for Death, when he escapes capture, is just a brilliant fight scene. If you look at it, he hardly throws any punches, but he manages to beat 3 guys (I think it was 3). He seems to have moved away from that sort of stuff, the sort of thing he was doing in his earlier career in his fight scenes. There was a little re-treat of that in PW and UJ. There was some great moves in PW for example, one where he simply knocks someone over using his body weight. Simple, real, and looked good.
Again though, the editing was probably my main gripe. It was totally inconsistent. Sometimes they tried to quicken the pace and up it to a Bourne-esque rate of cutting, but then it would switch to very laboured cutting. A film should have a consistent pace of editing throughout, otherwise it just becomes choppy. Again, some scenes were played out too much, some cut too short. The scene when Seagal poses as a cop at the crime-scene with his dead ex-wife and left for dead daughter, there's actually a moment where Seagal is showing some emotion, but right as we start to see it, it cuts. I kind of appreciate that they dared to have Seagal play, pretty much, a bad guy. This was quite possibly his darkest role, but there was no depth. So essentially, all it is, is this guy who does vicious things to people when it's not always called for. There's gratuitous, and then there's gratuitous to the extreme.
This might be the first negative review on here, but I don't think it'll be the last, nor will it be the first on the net. Even Kill Switch got some fairly forgiving reviews on here.