7 Seconds [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Action star Wesley Snipes (the Blade trilogy, U.S Marshals, Passenger 57) is a professional thief whose high-stakes caper goes murderously wrong in this explosive, brilliantly unpredictable crime thriller. Captain Jack Tolliver (Snipes) is an ex-Delta Force commando leading what should have ben a clockwork-perfect armored car heist. Instead, he ends up with a priceless Van Gogh painting - and one of his crew ends up held hostage by the sadistic Russian gangsters who muscled in on the heist. Tolliver's only option: a suicidal rescue mission where enemies become allies, your best friend can be your worst nightmare, and survival is deadliest art of all.
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The movie begins with snipes as an ex-special forces kind of guy now on the wrong side of the law. He plans this elaborate armored car company robbery, that goes terribly wrong. The woman he's "with" in the beginning gets kidnapped and he obviously has to rescue her. After the robbery goes wrong, he car jacks a lady who just happens to be a military official who must not be very busy because after she then makes it her personal mission to catch snipes. However, she SLOWLY, VERY SLOWLY, like so slow you could fall asleep, starts to realize that there are much badder people involved in the whole mess and then in the end teams up with snipes to get the real baddies. After the VERY SLOW middle part, the movie ends in another car chase.
This movie is almost totally predictable, it's not a very good story, and the acting is pretty poor. I think snipes did a good job with what was handed to him, and some of the action sequences were good. But for the most part, this was just another straight to dvd movie that we have grown to expect from people like van damn and seagal. Definitely a step back for snipes.
Rent it if you like, but buying it would be silly. You'll never watch it twice, and you probably won't even get through it once. Only die-hard snipes fans will be interested in this one. Hope this helps.
Oh, and by the way, maybe it was discussed in the boring middle somewhere, or maybe I just blinked and missed it, but why the heck was this movie called "7 Seconds" anyways?
Wesley Snipes plays the thief named Jack. Jack's failed robbery in Bucharest, Rumania, lands him in a fresh trouble because his girlfriend/partner-in-crime is kidnapped during the shoot-outs. He takes hostage a NATO military cop (Tamzin Outhwaite sporting her British accent) after the mayhem (and saving her life too), and engages in urban car chase with familiar settings. The story doesn't make much sense (why steal the money of casinos in Rumania?), but the earlier part of "7 Seconds" is fun with decent car stunts and a little bit of humor. The actions are confusing, and you don't know where these wildly running cars are going, but at least the stunts themselves are not bad.
Then in the film's middle section tedium settles in, which stops the actions and starts to introduce superfluous characters, plus an unnecessary plot twist or two. We don't need to see Wesley Snipes walking in the station and putting a brief case in the coin locker there. Or actually we don't care what the briefcase really contains at all; and we don't even want to know whether something in it (whatever it is) is real or not. We want thrill and action, or funny dialogues. Except for some brief martial arts stunts and mildly amusing banter between Snipes and Outhwaite, "7 Seconds" doesn't have much to show, particularly in its second part, where the film has another car stunt sequence involving street cars, but it is marred by choppy editing.
We often hear complaint or criticism about direct-to-video films, but actually some of them are pretty good, offering diverting 90 minutes like the films of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Unfortunately, for all the fairly good acting from the stars, Wesley Snipes' "7 Seconds" is not one of them.
I have to say that I think I liked this movie, it was no were near Snipes other films but is was better then most of the straight to DVD action films coming out. I will agree that the first half of this film is really good and well executed. I will also agree that the last half is a little less interesting, though it is still certainly entertaining. I think Snipes made a wise decision by being apart of this film.
This film produced by Andrew Stevens, who starred in one of my all time favorite films [The Terror Within], and has also produced other Wesley Snipes, Steven Seagal, and Kevin Sorbo films is about a heist gone completely wrong. And in the process turns into a rescue mission to save a girl, you know typical action hero stuff. Of course Snipes isn't really a good guy in this as he is one of the men who pulled the original heist. Like most people have stated the first half of this film is great, the heist and counter heist were put together excellently. The film really has you interested and ready to see what happens next, but that is were it falls a little short. Don't get me wrong the movie is still good enough to watch even own, but get it used or something.
Director Simon Fellows and writer Martin Wheeler did a really good job with this low budget flick, you can tell both set forth to create an entertaining film for movie goers to see. Also performances were top notch, which for a low budget action flick is rare these days. Wesley Snipes obviously did is thing in this film, as did all of the other actors in this film. I really enjoyed this movie and I think most of you will as well. It is not a classic award winning production but it is good for a rainy day when you just need to relax.
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