Out for a Kill (2003) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
I think I can give you a pretty good idea whether you
would like this movie. Here's a key scene. A bunch of Chinese
gangsters enter a strip club in single file. They all line up near a
wall, then turn and face the club, armed with various firearms.
Standing in that very neat column, they blast away with their
weapons for an impossibly long time, until every corner of the club
and each of its customers is riddled with bullets. Then they turn
silently 90 degrees toward the door, and march out in single file.
The camera shows us that one customer is still alive, having
survived by hiding behind a mini-stage. Unfortunately for the
survivor, one of the Chinese gangsters returns to the room, and
proceeds to blast him to bits.
There you have it. Filmed entertainment at its paragon.
If you haven't made up your mind yet, I guess I ought to tell you that the film was directed by Michael Oblowitz and stars Steven Seagal, whose career has been fully resuscitated in low budget straight-to-vid reductions of his earlier theatrical movies. As I write this, the big fella has three more movies in the pipeline, and must therefore maintain a solid fan base of indeterminate size.
Could you guess from the title that it was a Seagal film? He previously made films called Out for Justice and Hard to Kill.
Did I mention that Seagal plays an archeology professor with a Ph.D. in ancient Chinese civilizations? Sadly, Carrot Top and Anna Nicole Smith were not available to come to Paris to do their cameo appearances as Pierre and Marie Curie. Big Steve is one mighty tough schoolmarm, as he manages to waste not one member of the Chinese mob, but all of them, and perhaps 20% of the entire Chinese population in the process.
What else can you say? Except that the jumbo-sized martial artist is now approaching Brando proportions, and spends much of the the film wearing a muu-muu.
To be fair, there were some scenes in the film that looked pretty darned good. These two frames will demonstrate some competent filming as well as Seagal's current waistline and wardrobe. He looks OK when he can drape himself in the long coats, but that is not practical for the fight scenes.
|The IMDb voting base rates Out for a Kill lowest of all of Seagal's films, even lower than the previous Oblowitz/Seagal collaboration, The Foreigner, which was a muddled and often incomprehensible jumble of bad dialogue and confused plot. I didn't find Out For a Kill to be that bad. It is not a good film, but it is at least a minimally watchable genre film with some redeeming elements - Mark Vargo's cinematography alone raises it to a higher level than the Foreigner - and it isn't all that bad for a straight-to-vid, assuming you have reasonable expectations of a Seagal movie.|
Return to the Movie House home page