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No Way Back [Blu-ray]

Russell Crowe , Helen Slater , Frank A. Cappello    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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The FBI, the Mafia, and the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) fight to the death in this nonstop action thriller starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator). FBI agent Zack Grant (Crowe) sends beautiful rookie operative Seiko (Kelly Hu) on a sting operation against the depraved, skinhead son of a Mafia kingpin. Little does he know that Seiko is on a revenge mission of her own. This bloody situation escalates into all-out war, as the Mafia kingpin, Frank Serlano (Michael Lerner), and the head Yakuza, Yuji (Etsushi Toyokawa), get into the act. Grant is forced to go renegade from the bureau when Serlano kidnaps his young son, a plot point that certainly raises the story's emotional stakes. During an exciting airplane hijacking sequence, we meet Mary (Helen Slater), a dizzy blonde flight attendant who introduces an unexpected note of comic relief to the proceedings (along with a touch of romance). Crowe is convincing in Dirty Harry mode, bringing his characteristic intensity and empathy to the role. It's fun to watch a former Miss Hawaii, Kelly Hu, display her martial arts mastery, and the performances of Slater and Toyokawa are a cut above the action-genre norm. Still and all, No Way Back falls squarely into the "guilty pleasure" movie category. Writer-director Frank A. Cappello (American Yakuza), provides plenty of slam-bang, shoot-'em-up action, plus enough nail-biting suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. --Laura Mirsky

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Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 16-JUN-2009
Media Type: Blu-Ray

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3.0 out of 5 stars If collecting the lot... Nov. 26 2002
While I am a huge fan of Crowe's... this was NOT one of his better performances.
There is plenty of action, more than average suspense but the dialogue is lacking greatly.
Phrases and sentences that just don't make a lot of sense permeate the entire script. More specifically, I found myself saying "would they REALLY say that in this situation???".
Russell drops in and out of his "American" accent, which is a painful reminder of the fact that this is one of the earlier films in his now stalwartly coral of films.
STILL, that all being said... if you are collecting the lot of them... it is worth the purchase if not for anything other than to be able to see just how far he has come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowe acting like himself or is he REALLY acting? March 25 2003
I like this movie simply because it was entertaining. There's no deep drama, brainiac prose or intense emotional scenes here. It's just a story about your average cop with a major attitude problem who has a somewhat strained relationship with his 7(?) year old son. The reasons as to why there's a seeminly lack of affection from this single father to his son is explained through poignant flashbacks. The movie is LA Confidential meets Rush Hour. I found Crowe's character humorous, simply because he's so grumpy and prickly, one wonders if it's possible for anyone to be that rude! The ending is uncharacteristically endearing for a movie of this genre. Definitely a must see for Crowe fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Way Back ... Thank Heaven July 7 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Stupid story. Since when do skinheads work for the Mafia? And how did the Japanese get involved? When is the last time a Mafia king-pin kidnapped an FBI agent's son? Nevertheless, Helen Slater saves this from the re-cycle bin. She is sweet and good-natured and her scenes with Russell Crowe are the best part of the movie. (Get a hair-cut and a shave Russell. I got sick of watching you push your hair out of your eyes, only to have it fall back into disarray.) We saw L. A. Confidential and liked the three leads, Crowe, Spacey and Pearce, so we have been shopping for more of their work. We should have passed on this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars HUGE Russell Crowe fan but hated this movie Feb. 8 2002
By jbug10
Format:VHS Tape
I have almost all of Russell Crowe's movies, but unfortuneatly this may be his worst. Everything about it goes against what Russell prides himself in making a movie. His charactar's dialogue is contrived and unrealistic. He is famous for battling directors when it comes to the integrity of his charactar, but he didn't win this battle. His co-star Helen Slater played a stupid girl with stupid lines, again a co-star's charactar the Russell must have had little patience for. I can overlook a bad movie and still enjoy Russell, but I wasn't able to in this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There is "No Way Back"... unless you return it June 29 2002
From the typical action movie title that slips out of your memory within days to the typical overused clichés, I felt like I had seen this one before. Surely Crowe is a good actor, but he isn't exerting himself in this blah flick, and he definitely can't save it from the suspense B-list (at best). There is really no reason to buy this DVD, even with the one talented actor in the cast.
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This Russell Crowe film is one of his least known works. One should realize it is not in the same caliber as his other great films, but one that should be appreciated as strictly an action hero performance instead. "No Way Out" was not a theaterical release, instead it debuted on cable televison. It has the typical elements of a made for t.v. movie fare; weak script and storyline, minimal character development, and strictly action-driven. However, Russell Crowe turns this film around from your typical action genre movie to a well-paced and well-acted film on his part. This is the first role of Crowe's where he plays a father and a widower. It is ashame there was not enough of an established relationship between father and son. However, it was so adorable to see the character of Zack Grant talk to his son as if an adult and have his son call him by his first name. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by this different kind of film, character, and performance by Russell Crowe in his fourth U.S. film. You will notice how far he has come in his present film career!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Even Russell Crowe Can't Save This One Oct. 30 2000
By A Customer
I'm a big fan of Russell Crowe's work, "L.A. Confidential" and "Proof" are among my favorite films. Having said that, I have to place "No Way Back" in the "what was he thinking?" category. Okay, it's a low-budget, made-for-cable action film, and I shouldn't have hoped for too much, right? Well, I've come to expect Russell Crowe to pull a riveting performance out of even a weak script or a two-dimensional character - just watch "The Quick and the Dead" or "Virtuosity" for evidence of that. Unfortunately, Crowe's Zack Grant was flat and uninteresting and the character of Mary, played by Helen Slater, was simply excruciating. The only performance in the whole film worth watching was Etsushi Toyokawa as "bad guy" Yuji. He brought some complexity and subtlety to what could have been just another flat character. The bottom line? Skip this one, even if you're a big Crowe fan. Trust me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A movie that could have been saved! Jan. 21 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Honestly, I'm not really sure what type of review I could give this movie! I mean the hard rock in background music was okay, and it has some pretty good action scenes to it! I really rented it because I wanted to see Helen Slater in it! I did get my fair share with Helen playing the Mary, the dim-witted flight attendant! I liked the scene with her and Russel Crowe debating who's the better "Star Trek" Captain! Crowe liking Kirk (of coarse), and Slater adoring Picard! But honestly the movie was a bit loud and story undeveloped (especially the ending)! Crowe did some fair share with his role of Zack Grant, but if Mel Gibson was cast in the role, that would have given the character some style and justice to his part! In all honesty, and not to offend Ms. Slater, but I feel that a 2 star rating fits this movie perfectly!
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