Release Date: 16-JUN-2009
Media Type: Blu-Ray
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is not Crowe's best OR worst movie. I found a lot of heart in this story of a father trying to save his son, by going against his bosses, to surrrender an alleged murderer to... Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by "angiemay52"
Crowe displays his developing skills as an action hero, giving us a glimpse of what got him an Oscar in "Gladiator". Read morePublished on May 27 2001 by becky robison
This is not rocket science material. It is escapism and nothing more. The two saving graces in this movie are Russell Crowe and Helen Slater. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001 by "bsu10"
This is without doubt the worst film I have ever seen. And believe me, I've seen some stinkers in my time. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2000 by Chicalolita
No one would say this film is worth to keep forever, but... But, as one third zone thriller, one migth say the buying is acceptable. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org