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No Way Back [Blu-ray]

2.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Helen Slater, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michael Lerner, Kyûsaku Shimada
  • Directors: Frank A. Cappello
  • Writers: Frank A. Cappello
  • Producers: Aki Komine, Don Phillips, Joel Soisson, Michael Leahy, Mitsuru Kurosawa
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 16 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0024396EC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,953 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Russell Crowe, Helen Slater and Michael Lerner star in this white-knuckle action thriller about oneman's revenge and another man's redemption. Special Agent Zack Grant's career is on the line and he's given one last chance to prove himself. When the sting operation he's in charge of goes disastrously awry, Grant finds himself with a mob vendetta on his hands. Mafia kingpin Frank Serlano has brutal revenge in mind and his target is Yuji, the Japanese Yakuza he holds responsible for his son's murder. Serlano kidnaps Grant's young son in exchange for the delivery of Yuji. Agent Grant and Yuji'scross-country rendezvous with Serlano is further complicated when the duo are joined by a flighty flight attendant. With the mobster's ferocious skinhead assassins, the Yakuza and the FBI all in hot pursuit, the trio must risk everything - and now, there's NO WAY BACK.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Enjoy!
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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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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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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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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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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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I admit that I've gone on a Russell Crowe film spree. I think he is an amazing actor with unbelieveable range and depth. But this has to be the weakest film of his that I've seen. I haven't seen the first 3 films that he was in or "Love in Limbo", "Rough Magic" & "Heaven's Burning". So my opinion could change. This is after all just my opinion.
I don't think the director knew what to do with his actors besides making them run around. This is film... let the actors faces tell some of the story. I just didn't feel that connection I've come to expect from Mr. Crowe.
As far as Russell doing the the New York/New Jersey accent there was a bean instead of a bin/been. But I only noticed that one slip. Picky, picky, picky. Next
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