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In the first few minutes of the film we discover Matt (Steven Seagal) is a bad guy, a bad cop, a bad father, a bad gambler, a bad drinker, and a bad actor. Down on his luck, he accepts a job as a hitman for a secret government organization that goes after people so above the law, that the law can't touch them. (Just go with it.)
The plot actually has a twist, because this film wasn't written by Seagal, although it is as simple to figure out just as if Seagal wrote it.
Film includes, fighting, killing, car explosion, and tough talk.
this movie cast steven in a believeable trying to beat the bottlle with a drinking problem and trying to form or touch base with his teenage son trying to be a better father when a job for him comes knocking he takes this opportunity to take the sober route and take back his dignity and his reason for living his son kick ass action and awesome fight scenesthat make some of his ealy movies look easy a great action movie with a great story behind it how this movie did,nt make the big holly wood screen shows how stupid holly wood descion makers really are
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A good effort for a Seagal DTV but the good supporting cast really show up Seagals very limited acting ability.Jan. 28 2008
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With Pistol Whipped, Seagal has made an effort to make two good DTV's in a row with Urban Justice being the previous release, but he generally fails. Pistol Whipped is more of a thriller than an action film and as such is a little slow to get going. It also has the strongest cast that Seagal has worked with for some time. The unfortunate thing about this is that it glaringly shows up Seagal's inability as an actor.
When Seagal has confrontational dialogue or is in a scene with another actor that could lead to a physical confrontation, Seagal lights up the screen with the confidence he exudes as a martial arts expert which made him a star in his early films, he is truly believable as someone who could snap your neck in 2 seconds. When he has normal character dialogue to deliver in Pistol Whipped, it is flat, unemotional and boring to listen to. Seagal makes no choices as an actor as to how to convey any emotion in his lines, there is no life in his performance during these scenes. No one watches Seagal films for the acting but it is disappointing to have to watch someone do a job and see the look of complete disinterest in their face.
Seagal again beds a very young woman in Pistol Whipped and there is also some of the ego massaging dialogue that appears in many of these DTV's spoken to Seagal. I'm surprised the actress delivering the lines could keep a straight face, this occurs at a breakfast table after a night of supposedly hot passion with Seagal's character.
Overall, one positive thing that director Roel Reine has done is to pull the camera back during the choreographed fight scenes. There are several quick fight scenes throughout the movie and one longer choreographed fight in a bowling alley against multiple opponents that looked impressive considering the budget and time constrains of shooting choreographed scenes such as these in DTV's. The action set pieces are well staged and look professional, the car chase although of a higher quality and with more energy than the car chase in Urban Justice is still rather dull and again the rear projection scenes with Seagal supposedly driving the car during the chase scene are obviously just that, rear projected. The final shoot-out taking up the last 15 to 20 minutes of the film has Seagal as part of a 3 person team rather than a one man army as they go to the graveyard to take down the villain.
As for body doubles, I noticed only one scene with an obvious body double and that was a wide shot of Seagal's character walking on a roof top of a building to the exit door. Another possible body double shot occurs in the beginning with Seagal's character walking up some interior hotel lobby stairs. There is also an appearance by a body double during the shoot-out just before the car chase but it's not that noticable unless you are really making a point of looking for it. Other than that it looked to be all Seagal to me. Pistol Whipped also looks much more expensive than its budget which would be down to the cinematography and is probably the best looking DTV that Seagal as been in. If Seagal has any sense he should make a point of continuing to work with both directors Don LaFaunt and Reol Reine in the future.
To non Seagal fans who have a passing interest in seeing what Seagal is up to, I'd say it might be worth a rental. For hardcore Seagal fans, this is an above average Seagal outing.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Let Me Ask You Something..."April 27 2008
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Another great movie recommended by Sid the Elf!
Have been a fan of Steven Segal since he's been kicking but in the late 80's as slick Italian cop with attitude. This more recent movie takes a different direction with Segal's trademark attitude, and it surprisingly works.
First thing I noticed about this movie is that Segal looks awful! Looks like he's been in a real bad accident and had tons of reconstructive surgery on his face. But alas, this imitation of Elvis' famous I-Just-Died-On-The-Toilet bloated look is just time catching up with the actor. That and the frizzy hairpiece he's now wearing.
The movie itself is classic Segal: snapping arms, blurring punches, and a scowl that still scares. His most famous--if not most used line--of `Let me ask you something," is used more than 20 times in this movie. Count for yourself and see. We are also blessed with the guy most unlikely to bed a girl, as Segal snatches a girl from a bar. Putting on more than 50 pounds since his slimmer days, this gives us "average Joe's" hope for an unlikely future. And we also see Segal's tender side--a great change from the wife-beater we all know--as he tries to be a good father to his daughter, despite being a degenerate gambler who owes too many people too much money.
I was highly impressed with this movie, learning once again to trust Sid the Elf and their many reviews. Always a skeptic, I like to see for myself. Glad I did. Segal still has it, bloated-with-hairpiece or not!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Back On The Right TrackFeb. 10 2008
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Pistol Whipped (aka Marker) is a good continued effort by Steven Seagal to making good direct to DVD action releases. Most of his direct releases have not been as good as his earlier films. The problem mostly being that Seagal was not doing his own fight scenes (obvious body doubles) and not doing all his voice work. Urban Justice was a return to form for Seagal by delivering on the action front and doing his fight scenes and vocal dubbing. Pistol Whipped is, in my opinion, more of what we want from Seagal. While not having a high budget to work with, this movie still contains the action you will want from a Seagal film. Here's a brief breakdown of the plot. Matt (Steven Seagal) is an ex-cop who is a compulsive gambler and battles with alcoholism. Matt is divorced and has a daughter whom, though he loves her very much, isn't always there for her. He reaches the million dollar mark with his debts and accepts jobs from the "old man" (Lance Henriksen) who bought Matt's debts in exchange for some assassination work. Needless to say some things get complicated and lines are crossed. The fight scenes are well staged and it is all Seagal during the fights. No stunt doubles. There are occasionaly stand-ins for certain scenes such as long shots of Seagal's charactor walking down the street or a rooftop shot, but nothing that detracts from the story or action. You have to be looking for it to notice it as it's not very distracting. There is also no dubbing of Seagal's voice in this movie as there was in past releases. Overall, this is a good acion flick harking back towards the days of Marked For Death and Hard To Kill. I give this movie 5 stars by way of what it is. It is a Seagal action flick, and as such, it is enjoyable. This is not a 5 star film in the way Departed or Wizard Of Oz is. If you like Seagal films or liked Urban Justice, I suggest giving it a try.
Rated ( R ) (strong violence, profanity, sexual content, nudity)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"If I want any lip, I'll rip it off your [...] face"Aug. 7 2008
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Unlike his fellow action heroes Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal never got to work with John Woo, but his opportune teaming with director Roel Reine (Death Race 2) brought the Buddhist Bonecrusher about as close to "heroic bloodshed" subgenre as he's going to get in one of the best DTV titles he'd ever release... Okay, the comparison to Woo is a matter of opinion, but the mere fact that a Steven Seagal movie can still feel inspired is noteworthy. "Pistol Whipped" is a stellar follow-up to his previous Urban Justice and simply one of the most unique Seagal flicks you're ever going to see. Sure, it's still just a Steven Seagal movie, but at long last, it's one that can actually be used to attract new fans.
The story: ex-policeman Matt Conlin (Seagal) lost his job and family to the vices of gambling and alcohol when he's approached by the agent of a mysterious, gentlemanly "Old Man" looking to put his lethal talents to use (Lance Henriksen, Aliens). Matt finds new purpose in life as a hitman attacking the city's criminal underbelly, but finds himself at odds with honor and duty when his family is dragged into the mix.
"Pistol Whipped" was written by J.D. Zeik, the pen behind Ronin, and when interpreted by director Reine's able hand, the script makes for the most complex and dramatically intense outing that the usually one-note Seagal has ever been on. For one thing, it's a decently complex story of double-crosses and fragile relationships, but unlike manure like The Foreigner which simply confused you in the process of trying to appear smart, this one is surprisingly streamlined - keeping you in suspense but not causing any headaches. Additionally, the mere fact that Seagal's not playing an invincible superman but an individual afflicted by worldly ills is an elephantine step forward for Steven. Dramatically, it's clear that he's on uneven footing, but he still gives one of the more layered and sophisticated performances of his career. This isn't saying much, so it's a good thing that he's got the likes of Renee Goldsberry ("One Life to Live") as his love interest, Paul Calderon (The Last Castle) as the Old Man's enigmatic enforcer, and B-movie god Lance Henriksen to support him, creating one of the most capable ensembles you'll ever see in his movies. Even relatively unknown names like Lydia Jordan (Kidnapped) as Matt's neglected young daughter and Mark Wilson as her two-faced stepfather do significantly good jobs, to the point that you can almost forget you're watching a Steven Seagal movie and can just think of it as its own capable action-thriller.
I could go on about the film's dramatic strengths, but of equal importance is the film's action content. In an interview, director Reine mentioned how he wanted the halt the embarrassing trend of modern Seagal action scenes relying heavily on stunt doubles and stand-ins, and I'm happy to say that, for the first time in a long while, Seagal is looking back on-form with his younger self. There aren't as many fight scenes as many of Steven's other pictures, but they all look pretty painful and feature long, uninterrupted shots to show that it really is Steven doing his own fighting. There's also a pretty decent car chase in there with a couple good crashes. The gunfights fluctuate between old hat and classy, with the finale in the graveyard being a complete triumph of style.
Occasionally, the writing does bear a loose end or two (e.g. who sent the assassins after Matt in the beginning?) and the film's visual style is clearly limited by its budget. Because of this, there is a chance that viewers who turn down Seagal's DTV fare simply for being DTV won't be as blown away by this as I was, but I like to think that true fans will be impressed and delighted by how far our hero came with this picture. It's safe to say that Steven's never done a movie quite like this one, and for that reason alone, it should be worth a buy. Go for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
only one scene.....July 16 2009
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the other folks said it all...there was just one scene that touched and that was when he looked in the fridge and sighed..."Man, I ain't got xxxx" That did it for me. Because at this point in my personal journey, I feel likewise