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Out for Justice [HD DVD] [Import]
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Steven Seagal has always been an awkward action hero. Initially, he had a certain amount of credibility thanks to his nebulous association with secret government agencies and mastery of aikido, which helped to excuse his bad acting. But as a self-righteous action hero in the vein of Schwarzenegger and Stallone (which helps to explain his bad acting), Seagal fell into unintentional self-parody faster and more dramatically than either of his two predecessors. In Out for Justice, Seagal plays Gino Felino, a Brooklyn-born cop known and respected by everyone--both good and bad--in his neighborhood. The worst of the neighborhood baddies is Richie Madano (William Forsythe), a crack-smoking killer who murders his partner and terrorizes the neighborhood. Technically, Felino is a terrible cop--touching evidence at murder scenes, stealing evidence, intimidating witnesses--but only by breaking those rules can he bring in this horrible criminal. As his soon-to-be-ex-wife discovers, he does everything because he cares too much. Julianna Margulies (ER) has a small but thankless role as Richie's hooker girlfriend, and Gina Gershon (Face/Off, Bound) has an equally thankless role as Richie's foul-mouthed, bar-owning sister. The movie plays like a vanity piece for Seagal, and in that vein, it is fascinating to watch. --Andy Spletzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I used to think there wasn't much to making a good Seagal film. How hard can it be? But his recent efforts, which have gone straight to DVD, prove that some talent is required to make a satisfying rogue-cop-on-a-mission flick.
Seagal plays Brooklyn cop Gino Felino (I'm not kidding) whose partner is blown away on the streets (18th Avenue, we're told over and over) by the crack-smoking lunatic Richie, played with aplomb by William Forsythe. Using his acute knowledge of 'the neighborhood', Gino sets off on revenge, killing several dozen people before the suitably ultraviolent finale.
The film has many things going for it. Firstly, Seagal attempts a Brooklyn accent and an overall Brookln persona which is priceless to watch. Second, the violence is top notch. It starts off strong with a pimp being put through a windshield after insulting Gino's Italian-American heritage. The violence then escalates as Gino uses tried-and-true methods of interrogation such as the old cue-ball in the bar towel, shots to the family jewels, the snapping of wrists, and good old fashioned Smith and Wesson. Thirdly, William Forsythe is amazing as Richie, proving that he will throw himself into a role totally and completely. His fat man waddle, crazy crooked mustache, and berserker behavior make him a great villain. Think about it--Seagal versus a fat character actor doesn't sound like much, right? But Forsythe is game and makes the film fun to watch.
What else? The film is totally foul-mouthed, full of off color humor and a message that is morally dubious at best.Read more ›
same type of carnage which we previsley seen in his last three
films. Breaking Bones using everything from a meat cleaver, pool
balls tightly wound in a sock, to a saw-offed shotgun. The Viloence is high and much more brtual than in "Marked For Death"
Story plays like this Seagal plays a streetwise tough Italian
Cop named Gino, who goes on a one man rampage agaisnt a childhood Nemesis Named Ritchie played by William Forsythe who
made this role every bit as mean and psychotic as it supposed to be. who killed his partner and best friend in Broad Daylight.
Now Gino has become a terrible cop stealing evidence, destroying
establishments, beating the hell out of anyone who gets in his
way of nabbing his quarry when in the end the cop is no better
than the hood he's pursuing. One good thing i say about this film is even though it's terrible it somhow has the uncanny ability to hold the viewer's attention until the climax which is bloody but entertaining.
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Like him or hate him... This is still my favorite Steven Seagal movie. Have it on VHS, DVD and Sony PSP, so I had to get the Blu-ray.Published on Nov. 14 2013 by Andrew Dorscht
This is by far my favorite Seagal movie and I looked forward to the day when I get it on bluray. I must say the transfer is not the best I've seen out there. Read morePublished on June 7 2013 by V. Jankovic
un de ces meilleurs & autres seagal que j'aime nico hard to kill
one of is best but others seagal i like nico and hard to kill
Great action. This is a great movie if you like over the top violence without much story. The fight scenes and shootouts were cool, but those fake Italian accents and the Mob stuff... Read morePublished on June 15 2004
A BROOKLYN COP [SEAGAL] GOES AFTER THE MURDERER OF HIS PARTNER. HAS PLENTY OF GOOD ACTION TO SPARE AND IT HAS A VERY GOOD VILLAIN, WHO'S PLAYED BY WILLIAM FORSYTHE. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
This movie is definately action packed with it's share of violence. Steven Seagal is wonderful as a "Brooklin born" cop willing to go the extra mile to catch a killer. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Tammy Starks
Alright... not bad by Seagal's standards. Lots of borken limbs... numerous fights where Seagal takes on multiple opponents who are nice enough to attack him one at a time... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Action J