Movies Urban Justice aka Renegade Justice

Plot
Simon Ballester (Seagal), a former government special ops agent, is committed to finding the killer of his son who was gunned down senselessly while working his beat in the heart of a poverty stricken city. When Ballester learns the murder is to be deemed a closed case, he decides to take action. He soon moves to the neighborhood where his son was killed to spend his days and nights investigating the murder as he searches for the killer. He quickly makes enemies with the local gang members and becomes a target of their hostility. What ensues is a no-holds-barred, crime story full of Seagal’s trademark martial arts and street fighting expertise.
Source : Sony Pictures press release.

Cast:
Steven Seagal
Eddie Griffin
Kirk B.R. Woller
Liezl Carstens

Director:
Don E. FauntLeRoy

Budget:
$12 million USD

Production Dates:
October 2006 - 19 June 2007

Filming Dates / Location:
26 November 2006 - 24 December 2006 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Release Dates:
UK - 5th November 2007
US - 13th November 2007
German - 22nd November 2007
Japan - 27th November 2007
Poland - 4th December 2007
Dutch - 13th December 2007
Sweden - 28th December 2007
Australian - 3rd January 2008

Trailers:
Official trailer
Trailer by Scott Conrad - Scott Conrad is film editor of Urban Justice.
Japanese teaser trailer
Unofficial trailer by Kotegashi

Reviews:
Forum reviews

Links:
IMDB
Questions for Don E. FauntLeRoy
Press release
Official Sony page for movie.
 

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Storm

Smile dammit!
How is it going Casey? Yes it's me Storm. Cannot keep a bad man down! Lol. And i am! Best wishes. I hope you are doing good.I'm ok anyway. Never lost a net fight and i never will. The rest had no brains! Lol.
 

Mama San

Administrator
Hey, Storm!!! Where you been, young man?
How's everything going???
I'm doing OK! "They" can't keep either
one of us down for long, huh? So very
glad to see you posting!
More later...
God bless,
Mama san/Casey
 

Purplelotus1

Active Member
Yes!!!

Oh man is he back and I believe better than ever. I am loving what I have seen so far. Glad to have him back. Peace PL
 

Purplelotus1

Active Member
hold on

Let me get over this movie first. Just the trailers have me frothing at the mouth. One movie at a time here, please. Pur
 

rtc

New Member
I've seen the screener for this movie and it's fantastic! This is easily the best Seagal movie since the early 90s. It has a coherent plot, good character development, and most importantly some serious action.

If you've been disappointed with the latest DTV Seagal releases lately don't give up hope. This movie could have (should have!) made it to theatrical release.

rtc
 

msmith

Member
Review from Ain't It Cool News

URBAN JUSTICE
starring Steven Seagal

PREAMBLE

You know, there are movies, and then there are Steven Seagal movies. And you know what else? There are Steven Seagal movies, and then there are direct-to-video Steven Seagal movies. Seagal has made 13 DTV movies since his last theatrical, HALF PAST DEAD, came out in 2002. In 2003, 2006 and 2007 he was able to release three movies a year. For 2008 he already has three in progress. In 2005 he actually did four. So this is a guy who shows up in your video store almost as often as the seasons change. Which makes his DTV Era a god damn force of nature. Almost.

Personally I think he's had a hell of a DTV run, putting his weird mark on all kinds of adventures for his secret agent, mercenary, freelance covert ops and Yale professor of archaeology characters. The movies he's made are not always as competent as those made by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Wesley Snipes, but they are almost always more interesting and unusual.

Unfortunately, part of what makes them unusual is a turnoff for alot of people, because it's the weird stuff that was not intended, the goofy mistakes and shortcuts that come from low budgets, tight schedules and conflicting ideas from too many producers. For example there's the weird voice doubles. Seagal doesn't have time or doesn't get paid to come back and loop lines, so patches of dialogue here and there are dubbed in some other dude's voice. This was done most hilariously in OUT OF REACH, where we heard letters to his penpal read in voiceover by some random dude.

And there's body doubles too. Not just in the action, sometimes just to fill in a shot, you'll see some dude with a leather jacket and ponytail coming out of a door or something, but it's clearly not Seagal. (It must be one of those guys the bad guys see from behind and think it's Seagal but then they turn him around and he just gives them that look that means "just because I have a ponytail and leather jacket doesn't mean I'm the guy you're chasing.") In some cases, like SUBMERGED and ATTACK FORCE, the premise of the movie (mutants on a sub, alien invasion) was changed in postproduction, so they must need these doubles, they end up with some weird reshoots and plot elements (the poisoned water supply in ATTACK FORCE) that disappear without explanation.

Because of all the producers who get involved and come up with different ideas that they want added into the script, you usually get a ridiculously murky and convoluted plot. There's too many factions, too many doublecrosses, the goals aren't clear enough. The emphasis is all on this overly complicated plot that nobody gives a **** about, and meanwhile the simple appeal of a badass beating up mother****ers to achieve a goal (or as the goal itself) is left behind like Kirk Cameron.

And probaly most disappointing for many of the fans is the decreasing amount of action scenes, the over-reliance on car chases or shootouts between other characters besides Seagal's. Seagal's first DTV movie was THE PATRIOT, where he plays a doctor, and the climax does not involve him fighting but instead boiling a bunch of chemicals. And the fans want to be paid back for that.

ACTUAL REVIEW PART

But, my fellow Seagalogists, the state of Seagal's DTV Era is strong. I am here to tell you that Seagal's November 13th release URBAN JUSTICE has NONE of those usual problems. NO voice doubles, NO obvious body doubles, a straightforward screenplay with some good tough guy dialogue, a good performance by Seagal, TONS of action. You hear that? TONS, plural, as in at least 4,000 pounds of action. And that is not a joke about Seagal being fat, you assholes.

This is still DTV, it's not gonna win over people that aren't into this kind of ****. The music is pretty cheesy, the look is pretty cheap, some of the actors in small parts are terrible, the cover has Seagal's head hilariously photoshopped onto somebody else's body. But the story is streamlined (son is dead, wants revenge), the action is brutal and frequent and the character Seagal plays is brooding and serious. URBAN JUSTICE is the kind of movie we were dreaming of when we picked up TODAY YOU DIE thinking maybe that blunt title and ridiculous cover signalled a return to the old school Seagal style of asskicking. This is definitely his best movie since at least INTO THE SUN and I think most people will go back further than that.

Seagal's character Simon Ballister is what I would call minimalistic. They never fill in his background or say he's ex-CIA or anything. People figure he's gotta be ex-SOMETHING but he never admits it. We just know he's divorced and he's from out of town. He comes and rents an apartment above a liquor store. He's just in town for the funeral and to kill some guys.

His son was a cop, and the murder had something to do with some corrupt cops and some gangs. One gang is led by Machete himself, Danny Trejo (who Seagal put in a trunk 17 years ago in MARKED FOR DEATH). He's only in one scene. The more prominent gang leader is played by Eddie Griffin. I know, I laughed too, but I swear to Christ that Undercover Brother gives a good villain performance. He seems to mostly adlib, and I personally think he makes too many SCARFACE references, but even when he's making jokes he comes across as a menacing, sadistic little ****er.

Seagal's character is completely amoral. Well, not completely, because he gives a sandwich to a homeless guy in one part. But he has a code which requires no more or less than killing whoever killed his son. He doesn't give a **** about crime or cleaning up the streets. He calls himself "a bad man with good intentions." He calls truces with evil gangsters. But cross him and you're double-****ed. He breaks wrists, tables, walls. He does a wrestling move on a big fat guy and snaps his neck. He grabs nuts. He shoots a guy's ear off. One guy he kicks in the balls 11 times before kicking him in the face and throwing him down a flight of stairs. I counted seven fights (where he kills or knocks unconscious more than a dozen people), a car chase and two shootouts (he kills more than 20 people just in the gunfights). Sorry, no swords - it's more of a streetfighting vibe and less of the usual Asian influence.

Alot of Seagal's characters are really sarcastic, always joking around to piss off his enemies. Not this guy. His only joke is trying to bribe Danny Trejo's security for five bucks. And he has one of the most badass lines ever uttered in a Seagal picture. When his daughter-in-law sees him preparing a bunch of guns she says "You're as bad as they are!"

"No," he says harshly. "I'm a LOT ****in worse." Not like he's trying to brag. Like he's stating the cold hard facts. There's not that smugness in his voice. There's anger and pain. It's a good badass performance. And yes, it's his own voice.

The director of INTO THE SUN, a guy called mink, described Seagal to me as "a John Wayne amongst WB tv actors." URBAN JUSTICE showcases that man-from-a-different-era quality. It shows that he doesn't have to desperately chase the young people by co-starring with rappers, fighting off wire fu or facing down a 360 degree view of a CGI bullet or arrow. That stuff is all nice, but URBAN JUSTICE doesn't need it. It doesn't try to distract you with flash and gimmicks. It's open and honest: hello, my name is URBAN JUSTICE. Remember in the old days when a movie could just be about Charles Bronson as an old guy getting revenge? I am one of those movies. I'm not gonna pretend to be whatever crap the kids like in the post-MATRIX age. I am a movie where Steven Seagal kicks a guy 11 times in the balls and then throws him down a flight of stairs. If you have a problem with that, I will kick YOU 11 times in the balls and then throw you down a flight of stairs. Because that's just who I am. I'm URBAN JUSTICE.

Okay, admittedly, the movie is called URBAN JUSTICE. That does not sound like a good movie. There's no getting around that. But take my word for it. You'll try to apply for a position at the Department of Urban Justice as soon as the credits roll.

So this is a great day for Seagalogy, because the last couple have been pretty lackluster, I heard even Seagal was disappointed in them. URBAN JUSTICE is a huge leap ahead, a very enjoyable picture. Seagal has shown that he can make a good Charles Bronson type of picture. Next I think he should show that he can still make a good Steven Seagal type of picture. He's definitely got the badass side of the equation going. Now I want to see that combined with those weird touches, those quirks of personality that you wouldn't see in a Charles Bronson movie, or a Van Damme, or a Snipes, or anybody else, because only Steven Seagal would do them. Consider this equation: the brutality of OUT FOR JUSTICE + the heart on its sleeve earnestness of ON DEADLY GROUND = the future of cinema.

EARTH-SHATTERING ANNOUNCEMENT

Alot of you know I've been working on a book that would analyze all of Seagal's movies, blow the lid off of film criticism forever, force all other film critics to retire in shame, etc. I started more than 5 years ago, after getting good reactions to some Seagal reviews I wrote here and wanting an excuse to take a closer look at the connections between all those movies. It started as an interest and sort of grew into an obsession. I just thought it would be funny to take the time to do it, but the movies when watched as a whole body of work and really examined turned out to be even more interesting than I suspected. One problem though: the force of nature thing. He keeps doing these DTV movies, when do I stop? I decided to cut it off after FLIGHT OF FURY and call it the first 25 films. That seemed like a good round number.

So of course the day after I decided the manuscript was 100% finished somebody hooked me up with the URBAN JUSTICE screener. And I had to include it because it gave the book a happy ending. Finally a new Seagal picture in the tradition of OUT FOR JUSTICE, which is still Seagal's most badass movie in my opinion. People make fun of Seagal for his size and age, but I happen to think it suits him well these days. I prefer a Lee Marvin or a Charles Bronson to the shaven and oiled babies they put in action movies today. I want a guy with a face like a beaten up old shoe, a guy who has been kicked around, whose hard times have left tracks on his forehead. More than ever before the broken-in Seagal fits this role, because he's the grieving father of an adult. And we can guess more about him from the tired look in his eyes than the innuendo made about his past.

Well, now I'm happy to announce that my book SEAGALOGY is finally available at this link. In the book I go through every Seagal picture in chronological order and analyze them in even more obsessive detail than I do here, finding their common themes and trying to compute what it's all about. I also examine his two albums, his energy drink, notable TV appearances, even his cameo in Billy Crystal's MY GIANT. Yes, I watched MY GIANT. That is the kind of serious discipline and sacrifice that was put into this project. That thing is 103 minutes long.

I hope it's an enjoyable book that will make you laugh, but I also hope you know by now that I'm serious about this Seagalogy ****. It's not some smug ironic wackiness like people try to pull with Chuck Norris. I honestly hope I have come up with some new insights and will change some people's perception of Seagal's movies. If not, at least I wrote the first book to discuss Seagal's appearance on The Celebrity Guide To Wine. (Well, only in an appendix.)

To show that this is real cinema I got an acclaimed director to write the introduction. David Gordon Green, director of GEORGE WASHINGTON, ALL THE REAL GIRLS, UNDERTOW and the upcoming SNOW ANGELS and THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS is a fellow Seagalogist and also happens to have a movie with a Criterion Edition. I wonder if he could help get a Criterion Edition of ON DEADLY GROUND? I should ask.

Also, I think alot of you are gonna be really thrilled to hear that I wrote it in Word with the automatic spell correcting on, so "alot" is always spelled as two words. So merry Christmas to you.

Anyway, if you would like to learn more or compare your Seagalogical theories to mine and write your own rebuttal book, consider checking out SEAGALOGY. As for URBAN JUSTICE, don't even bother with the considering, you NEED to see that ****.

thanks everybody

Vern

And the link for your viewing pleasure :- http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34507
 

latinojazz

Member
Craig Robertson;178347 said:
Plot

Source : Sony Pictures press release.

Cast:
Steven Seagal
Eddie Griffin
Kirk B.R. Woller
Liezl Carstens

Director:
Don E. FauntLeRoy

Budget:
$12 million USD

Production Dates:
October 2006 - 19 June 2007

Filming Dates / Location:
26 November 2006 - 24 December 2006 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Release Dates:
UK - 5th November 2007
US - 13th November 2007
German - 22nd November 2007
Japan - 27th November 2007
Dutch - 13th December 2007
Sweden - 28th December 2007
Australian - 3rd January 2008

Trailers:
Official trailer
Japanese teaser trailer
Unofficial trailer by Kotegashi

Reviews:
Forum reviews

Links:
IMDB
Questions for Don E. FauntLeRoy
Press release
Official Sony page for movie.

AND:

LEY URBANA(URBAN LAW)
 

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andysmommy

New Member
hi all

hi all sorry i have been real sick and then computer wnt down. been too long sence mr seagal, had a new moe out. i have all his moves so far and both cds. i have to have my seagal fix, like hubby said. ha ha
 

andysmommy

New Member
hi all

haven't posted in a while . sorry. iwas real sick and then computer went down. been awhile sence Mr seagal had a new movie out . i have all his movies. and both cds. can't wait for his new movie.
 

ckandarian

New Member
Urbain Justice

Good idea for a flick but too late with all the other Revenge movies out already. Also Steven needs to do more action scenes in the open. Most of the scenes in this movie were done in the dark...couldn't even see anything, just the crunching of bones.
 

steeven

Banned
looks like burt reynolds face on cover without his mustche. or is that steven seagal's face on cover of Urban Justice?
 

SeagalAddict

New Member
Urban Justice

andysmommy;179614 said:
haven't posted in a while . sorry. iwas real sick and then computer went down. been awhile sence Mr seagal had a new movie out . i have all his movies. and both cds. can't wait for his new movie.
You're in for a real tasty treat, believe me. Steven is so good in this. You can tell a lot of effort went into the production of this movie. He's sexy as he always is, and as always the bad guys worse nightmare. His performance is so spot on. You really believe he's Ballaster. And I'll tell you what else is stunning in this movie. In the final shot when they slowed down Steven walking away, after wiping out the gangbangers. That shot is so sexy, like a prowling panther! boy I love that shot. Whoever thought of that deserves a raise!!!

SeagalAddict
 

tspoons

Member
I watched Renegade justice lastnight for the first time, and loved it!
The fighting by Steven was brilliant, will try some of the moves on my bro when he's next in town.lol
I Love watching Steven show off his fighting skills.xx
 

qigong

New Member
Just rented the DVD last night (11/16/07). It's good. I actually enjoyed it. Compared to the other movies he's made since Half Past Dead, Urban Justice is practically Oscar material. Steven does his own fighting, and is GOOD. You'll be HAPPILY surprised when you see it - I certainly was! Let's hope this is a stepping stone to more great movies, and we can finally forget The Foreigner, Belly of the Beast, Submerged, and all those other ones we've had to endure.
 

ORANGATUANG

Wildfire
Still waiting ..iam so very good being as patient as iam...on the outside at least but on the inside well thats an different kettle of fish (oh sorry) i mean 'get it here already'
 
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