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What can I say... overall I enjoyed the plot of the movie but I didn't care for the fight scenes, well I did but didn't care about the filming aspects of it, from frame to frame in the fight scenes it was amateurish filming.. I was getting nauseous through these scenes. I have every one of Seagal's Movies & I understand why this one didn't go to the Big Screen & only to DVD.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Steven Seagal plus Russian Mob against Chinese = KillingFeb. 19 2010
E. O. Pages
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I'm a big huge fan of Steven Seagal. I mean I had all his movies (maybe I have some that He does not have in his own collection). Steven Seagal is at the wrong place at the wrong time and for that He is going to kill a lot of people. This movie is full of killing and action. Any action movie fan should see this. I really enjoyed. Actually the movie makes sense and is really good. The last movies of Steven Seagal were really bad, but this one and The keeper are getting our action hero back in the field. If you like Steven Seagal you should buy it. You won't regret.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"It means your mama won't be able to recognize you in your coffin"-actual Seagal quoteMarch 4 2010
Sid the Elf
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Over the past few years Steven Seagal has become more of a walking punchline then the renowned action powerhouse he used to be known as. His movie had hit the bottom of the barrel in a way you could barely get through the entire thing without a finger on the fast forward button. However our beloved Seagal is showing signs of greatness yet again as he appears to be pulling a 180 in the a-- kicking department. Where we last left him was with his film The Keeper where we got a taste of a supremely entertaining entry and thought it to be more of a fluke, but were proven very wrong. Hey we're not ashamed to admit it, even we make mistakes from time to time. A Dangerous Man (aka A Nice Mix) is definitive proof that Seagal still has a little something left under his sleeve. Not to mention a new catch phrase with the term "F--- you up ugly" which he utters a couple times as a warning before he has to take you down.
In A Dangerous Man Seagal plays an empty soul Shane Daniels who was just released from prison. The reason for his inner anger is due to the fact he served 6 years for a crime he didn't commit with nothing more then an apology from the State. He lost his wife and everything that mattered in his life long ago. Once free he happens to witness a cop murdered by the Chinese Mafia and decides to intervene. After finding a bag of drug money along with a kidnapped girl he decides to make this matter his business in old school Seagal a-- kicking fashion. He finds that the kidnapped girl has an uncle that was captured, and with a helping hand from the Russian mafia, makes it his mission to dismantle the Chinese Mafia one eggroll at a time.
This movie right here has restored all faith in the fact Seagal has so many more great years of action packed potential to offer. Sure anything he will ever do for the rest of time will be a straight to video release, but that makes it even more appetizing for us. It keeps it in that realm of B action (which we live for) while simultaneously being a legit great movie. From the opening scene this one has us captivated all the way through with barely any lulls. There was a short stint here or there that slowed the pace down a little, but not nearly enough to take anything positive away. We now have no choice but to eagerly await his next release which will most likely be in another month or two. So kudos to you Steven on a job.....done.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
quicker pace, a bit more relevantFeb. 15 2010
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Before you watch a Seagal movie, you gotta know why he keeps making them. He wants to be known as a good writer, and bring awareness of injustices in modern society. Keeping that in mind, I find it admirable he would tackle wrongful incarceration in a movie role. Moreso, he did it fairly well. Yeah, he stays pissed the whole film. Wouldn't you if you were put in jail for 6 years for something you didn't do? And in trying to do the right thing, he was still haunted/jaded and therefore acted like a bad guy - hell he even teamed up with a bunch of 'em (russians). I'm a huge fan of asian culture, and it was nice to see that plotline in there with the mercenaries. And for the first time in quite a while I actually recognized many other actors, though they weren't very high profile. Just a "hey, I've seen that guy/girl before!". It made the film seem more familiar and current - which Seagal has to do to bring in a new decade of 50 more movies or so haha. Some diss it, but I like the speed-up camera action in the film. It seems to bring a faster pace to the movie, and many movies bore me with too much down time. It gives Seagal a break too, before his bones do. What is he like 60 now? He's gotta have a little break so he can keep making movies. I'd like to see any of the people dissing him for this to try half this stuff when they're his age, or accomplish even half of what he has in his lifetime. Yeah, it's not some mega-blockbuster made to bring money. But for what it is and to me I'd say it is well worth a purchase and I hope to see it on Blu-ray.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth a watch. No the best action film,but far from the worst.Aug. 11 2010
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I don't like to start a fight unless I finish it. Action legend Steven Seagal stars as Shane Daniels, an ex-Special Forces operative released from prison after serving six years hard time for a murder he didn't commit. Back on the street, he comes to the rescue of a beautiful young hostage stashed in a car trunk with millions in cash. Wielding a devastating combination of street fighting smarts and martial arts skills, he suddenly finds himself in a deadly showdown with international drug merchants and the local corrupt cops. As the only ones standing between him and his new found freedom, they're about to discover just how dangerous one man can be in this explosive, wall-to-wall thriller.
Lots of action. You get gunfights,hand to hand combat and even some real brutal scenes with him messing somebody up ugly. You get a number of hot chicks in it as well,some even got naked. A solid story line for an action film of this type. Seagal is convincing in this type of role. I was never a big fan of his,but I liked this film. Sometimes it's good to watch a basic action film with butt kicking and not much else. Like a guilty pleasure. The acting won't win any awards,but it wasn't bad for a lower budget film like this. I've seen many of these types of films with much worse acting than this. It's nice that he touched upon people getting put in jail on circumstantial evidence in our society
He may be good at action,but his acting could use some more effort. One scene has him being rode by a naked hot white chick and he sits there stone faced. I had a issue with the camera angles during the fights. It was jumping around at different angles so much I couldn't tell what was going on. I really wish some of these directors would stop trying to get fancy with this stuff. The story was decent,but I wish somebody would try and put a good story in an action film. I find myself not being as interested in films like this as I get older. You can have a good story and tons of action. I felt the island did it fairly well. I like seagal,but this super man things were he never gets hit much in his films is boring to me. Even BRUCE Lee took some lumps in his films. It's more interesting to see a guy have at least one match in the film who can give him some go. Some might have a problem with the level of violence in the film. He does get down and dirty in this film. Also there are brief scenes of nudity and some profanity in the film. Some parents may not want their teenagers watching this. I kind of hated that they didn't explore the subject of people getting forced into prison and the bad arrest that our criminal justice system makes. It would have made this picture much better to have focused on that a bit more. Also they could have developed the relationship with him and his wife a bit more. It would have helped me to feel his pain a bit more when he went to jail and lost every thing. Also why no scenes of him actually being in jail? Lets reinforce and show his suffering a bit more. Silly me though because that would have taken away from his time beating people up
A solid action film worth watching. It's not a great film,but you could do a lot worse. Sometimes it's nice sit around and watch a film like this that's not really about any thing,but people getting messed up ugly. The story line is almost non existent and the star is a one man killing machine. The film is a guilty pleasure. Not his best film,but it made me want to watch some of his other films.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Predictable ManMay 6 2011
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Churning out more movies in 6 months than Hollywood does in a year, Seagal still hasn't shown any signs of slowing down despite nearly collecting retirement. Since Above the Law audiences have been enthralled by the numerous ways in which a human body can be twisted, snapped, thrown, pummeled, cut, burned, impaled, shot and blown to smithereens. And ol' Steven continues to deliver that need with a cinematic body count rivaling that of a small country.
However, over the years viewers have been baffled by the parody of the 6'4" Aikido star.
Uncertain to fans:
1. The gross overuse of poor voice-overs. Also, Steven's mysterious use of accents ranging from a jive-talkin' brotha, to a Louisianan bumpkin. Is it mockery or simply trying to fit in with the natives?
2. Seagal's stand-in's that poorly resemble him; usually shorter, half his weight and with real hair.
3. How the lapsed time can sometimes feel like more than double or even triple the film's actual running time.
And still we commit time to his films in desperate hope for a quick glimpse of films decades past.
Now, advice for future Seagal DTV bad guys:
1. Never, under any circumstance hold a pistol a foot away from Steven's face. This generally results in being quickly disarmed in an array of hyper-edited fight shots resulting in a disc seperating neck chop by a hand big enough to grasp 3/4 of a basketball, or having your nuts kicked into your upper abdominal area and rendered useless (Seagal is a one man army for population control).
2. When you run completely out of ammo, flee. DO NOT by any means attempt hand-to-hand combat, especially when you are usually half the man's height and weight and plan to have children. You might be half his age, and he's usually standing immobile, but the man's arms can move quicker than lightning. The unfortunate saps that try typically end up pinned against a wall, bombarded by flailing arms and then thrown into every piece of nearby furniture (always done in hyper-editing mode).
3. Never explain your nefarious deeds while standing 3 feet away from said bone-breaker/nut-pulverizer, especially when holding a pistol a foot away from his face while standing in a room full of furniture.
4. Never make Steven look bad on the set, as it could result in aforementioned injuries (i.e. leave your confidence and arrogance at the door).
Advice to producers of the next imminent DTV release:
Please, do not put Steven in any further scenes involving sex or the possibility of it. It's downright cruel to the fans and the actresses who just received their high school diplomas. We watch ONLY to see the dismantling of bodies, and NOT for the clumsy, awkward, "exotic" scenes that might get women in their golden years hot and bothered, if such a fanbase even exists. We implore you to please bury that statement.