Review Date: March 16, 2001
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Writer: Ed Horowitz, Richard D'Ovidio
Producers: Joel Silver, Dan Cracchiolo
DMX is the real show-stopper here, giving us plenty of on-screen charisma, some kick-ass moves and even a healthy dose of acting shop 101. You go, boy!! The rest of the cast also helped take the emphasis off ol' chubface, and added some much needed humor into the mix as well, as both Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson took the reigns and rode 'em whole in here. And speaking of those two, do not leave your seat at the end of the movie if you liked what they did in the flick, because there is another really humorous session between the two of them during the closing credits, that just put the icing on this fluffy cake. So what's good about the movie? Well, it's got lotsa gunplay, some wicked shots from the director, an actual story with surprises, despite its basic plot line of "crooked cops" which we've seen a thousand times, adrenalized action sequences, car chases and explosions and even some T&A (for the kids...hehe). The negatives include Seagal's acting talent, the obvious dummies and stunt people used in some of the sequences (geeeez, are we really supposed to believe that Seagal could even ride a motorcycle, no less, do the things done in this movie?), the somewhat preposterous denouement once everything is out in the open, and oh, did I mention Seagal?
Anyway, I think the people who go into this movie expecting to see some solid action, a few laughs and an overall forgettable story, will likely be quite entertained by it all. If you're looking to nail Seagal on his "same ol', same ol" character and the basic generic tone of the movie, then you could do that, too. But for me, I decided to take it as it came and I honestly can't say that the film wasn't an enjoyable one, despite its many faults. So take off that mask of cynicism and enjoy this movie for what it is...a fun, good ol' guilty pleasure of guns, explosions and Steven Seagal doing things with his body that we all know he can't really do without his faithful stuntmen by his side! No substance here, folks...just good ol' fashioned "guy stuff"!