Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|No Way Back |
Actors: No Way Back, Russell Crowe, Helen Slater, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michael Lerner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
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) ... more »
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Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 06/15/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I actually missed this film altogether from cable to VHS to DVD, but once I saw a Blu release I thought it might be worth a shot. This film must have had a place in the 90s action genre library, but it had no place being saved here (in HD) other than to record Crowe's earlier works.
The film content is laughable, and the amount of flubs and mistakes were the highest I have seen in virtually any 90s film of this genre. So I skipped finding everything wrong and instead went for a quality review on the Blu end. Admittedly, this movie has loads of opportunity in creating a nice reference for Blu display testing; The deserts, skylines, color contrasts (especially that red flight attendant outfit against the sandy backdrop) and big action are ripe for being a sleeper. Instead Sony went the low budget way and did little to clean it up. The picture looked the same as the upscaled DVD, and the TrueHD was uneventful. The CGI failings somehow became even more prevalent, so maybe there was some edge enhancement done or an equivalent that ended up not producing a competent reference. I would have to say the opening sequence with Kelly Hu was actually the best test (red lipstick, pale skin makeup contrast). Was strange seeing the 747 fly below the Twin Towers, and then even worse seeing it fly through the mountains like it was a Cessna....anyway.
No special features and not a recommendation unless maybe you never got the DVD."
One of the OK Crowe movies before he got into doing really g
Mike Bolts | Superior, Wi | 10/25/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When FBI Agent Zack Grant, played by Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man, Heaven's Burning), loses his partner Seiko Kobayashi, played by Kelly Hu (Scorpion King, X-Men2:X-Men United), in a blown up operation, a Neo-Nazi son of a mafia man named Victor Serlano, played by Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210, Domino) also dies and his father Frank Serlano, played by Michael Lerner (The Mod Squad, Godzilla (1998) with a not so believeable mustasche, kidnaps Zack's son Eric, played by little Andrew J. Ferchland (Tv's Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and so Crowe goes all gung-ho renegade, so Lerner wants Yakuza member Yuji Kobayashi, played by Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter, Dog Star), and he wants Crowe to bring him back to him and Crowe will get his son back. But things get complicated along the way, and Crowe's prisoner is making him tick along the way. Crowe and Toyokawa are joined by airplane stewardess Mary, played by Helen Slater(Supergirl, The Legend Of Billie Jean) who is also a hostage in the whole mix. This Action Thriller goes like this, good moment, boring moment, good moment, ok moment, boring moment, good moment, ok moment, boring, boring moment, good moment and so on. One of the OK Crowe movies before he got into doing really good stuff...here he saves this from being a total disaster....him and actor Etsushi Toyokawa make this worth the watch. Christian Slater's Sister, Helen Slater has some funny oneliners and is sexy holding a gun...that's basically it and Ian Ziering was wasted in a small role. If you're a fan of Crowe like I am, I recommend this but to those who dont like Crowe, well...just watch it once."