ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – E – Exit Wounds (2001)

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writer: Ed Horowitz, Richard D’Ovidio (Screenplay) John Westermann (Novel)

Starring: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson, Michael Jai White, Bill Duke, Jill Hennessy, Tom Arnold

 

Plot: Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.


Tagline – This Is Gonna Hurt

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Seagal Action 101

 

Story: Exit Wounds starts when tough police officer Orin Boyd (Seagal) prevents an assassination attempt on the Vice President against orders from his superiors and Secret Service. This loses him his job at his prescient and being sent to a rougher one where new Captain Annette Mulcahy (Hennessy) sends him anger management.

When Orin starts investigating a known gangster Latrell Walker (DMX) he is assigned a partner in George Clark (Washington) and the two only honest sounding cops trying to bring him down and uncover the dirty cops in the force.

 

Thoughts on Exit Wounds

 

Characters – Orin Boyd is a tough no nonsense cop that will always run in first to do the right thing for people in danger, he doesn’t like dirty cops or criminals or partners and will go all out to bring down the criminals. Latrell Walker is the criminal that Orin is tracking, he is a genius, but not everything about what we learn about him is what it seems on the outside. George Clark is the partner that gets forced onto him, he has a family and just wants to do the right thing but could easily be another one of the dirty cops. We do meet plenty of cops that are dirty through the film, we see many different clichés for the genre in our characters too.

PerformancesWe know what Steven Seagal is capable of as an actor, he can handle the fighting fine, but when it comes to the line delivery he isn’t the best, this is typical for what we know about him. DMX was trying to make an acting career and he does show promise in a time when all musicians seemed to want to get into acting. When we look at the rest of the cast they are what we need in the film without anyone standing out too much, Anthony Anderson gets the funniest moments in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a tough cop trying to bring down criminals and corruption from within the force. This does play into Seagal’s strengths where he gets to beat people up and be the good guy doing this. We have a big third act twist which does turn the film on its head and doesn’t really get implied early on which is nice. By the end this will have checked the boxes for a fun easy to watch action film and that is all we want from a story at times

Action/Comedy/CrimeThe action is short fight sequences, shootouts and chases sequences which are fun to watch with plenty going on through them making the action all we want. The comedy is in small moments and does give a couple of laughs with Anderson being the one with the most. The crime world we enter is everything we know when it comes to corrupt cops which is fine for the film.

SettingsThe film brings us to Detroit with crime running through it, we know it is generic for crime world, so this works for the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Seagal versus White sword fighting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The comedy works, but can takeaway from the main story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a standard Seagal action film, it is easy to watch and will keep you entertained throughout.

 

Overall: Simple to watch action film.

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Fighting Demons (2015)

fighting demonsDirector: Rustam Branaman

Writer: Rustam Branaman (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Bean, Eva Longoria, Kate Walsh, Tom Arnold, Nolan Gross, Paul Ben-Victor, Aedin Mincks, Peter Mackenzie

 

Plot: An ex-fighter finds redemption from his troubled past.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Redemption Story 101

 

Story: Fighting Demons starts as we see fighter Vian (Bean) lose control at a party leading to him ending up in jail. 12 years later he is released pushed out of his gym but accepted by his sister Bethley (Walsh) Vian looks for a fresh start. Vian is trying to get back into the swing of things but doesn’t get chance when it comes to his criminal record as we see him try his best to pick up woman with Jolene (Longoria) being the first attempt.

When Roland (Arnold) finally gives Vian a job working is his restaurant while Vian starts into a relationship with Jolene all while trying to be a good role model for his nephew Jimmy (Gross) who is getting bullied at school.

When everything seems to be going well for Vian it all gets taken away in seemingly one day as he quests for redemption gets tested.

Fighting Demons is a drama thriller showing one man trying to make up for the crime he committed, the film shows the ups and downs the character has to go through. This does end up feeling very much like an easy pull of a film and I really would have liked to understand more of the action Vian is making to cause him to kill the man. This is easy to watch and will shock you with certain twists of the story.

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Bean: Vian is the trained fighter who finds himself in trouble with the law, we follow him from his time after jail trying to put his life back together. He stays with his sister and finds himself a job as well as starting a new romance, he also ends up being a role model for his nephew. Vian finds his past catching up with him as he tries his hardest to get away from his past. Sean is good in this leading role showing his dramatic side throughout.vian

Eva Longoria: Jolene is the new love interest of Vian where the sparks fly between them, she doesn’t know Vian’s past but once her obsessed ex-boyfriend tells her the truth her mind soon changes. Eva is good in this supporting role but I do feel we needed slightly more screen time for her character.

Kate Walsh: Bethley is the sister of Vian’s who gives him a place to stay, she is a single mother struggling to make ends meet. She doesn’t get a chance to spend time away from busy life with William being the most important part of it. Kate is good in this role dealing with all the extra emotional side to her story.

Tom Arnold: Roland is the man who gives Vian a job, he understands the struggles and respects his honesty but when he shows interest in Bethley the twos friendship gets shattered. Tom is good in this supporting role stepping away from the comic role we are used to seeing him in.

Support Cast: Fighting Demons has a good supporting cast that all do a good job with where the film ends up going.

Director Review: Rustam BranamanRustam does a good job directing which follows the drama side to give you all the emotions required.

 

Romance: Fighting Demons shows the romance between Vian and Jolene without being too much of an important part of the story.

Thriller: Fighting Demons keeps us wondering where the story will go next with a few lose ends at the end.

Settings: Fighting Demons shows us in a small town as we see the people struggling to make ends meet through the film.
Suggestion
: Fighting Demons is one to try, it is a powerful film that will leave you slightly shocked by the end. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Drunken vision.

Worst Part: Slight too much over the top with final scene.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Never give up

 

Overall: Very powerful redemption story that tries to tug at the heart strings.

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