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|No Way Back|
Actors: Russell Crowe, Helen Slater, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michael Lerner, Kyūsaku Shimada
Director: Frank A. Cappello
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
An FBI agent trying to redeem his career ends up in the middle of a Mafia vendetta. Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure Rating: R Release Date: 7-JUN-2005 Media Type: DVD
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Kathy H. (kate54) from SAINT LOUIS, MO
Reviewed on 10/18/2013...
I enjoyed the movie. Lots of action which is what i like.
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Follow Russell Crowe, the Yakuza, the Mafia, and the FBI....
Maxine E. Nelson | Tampa, Florida | 06/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Surprisingly good little actioner
Maxine E. Nelson | 07/15/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While clearly not big studio fare this fun little film sneaks up and takes you by surprise. Director Frank Cappello moves an interesting set of characters along in a fun and engaging way that is far above what you expect in this kind of low-budget genre piece. Cinematography is especially good and the movie has a slick and stylish look. Effects and action sequences are modest, but well done. The film never seems to take itself too seriously, which is a big plus at this level. I highly recommend this one, but I liked "American Yakuza," the previous effort by this same director-producer-cameraman team even better. Check them both out."
Even Russell Crowe Can't Save This One
Maxine E. Nelson | 10/30/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of Russell Crowe's work, "L.A. Confidential" and "Proof" are among my favorite films. Having said that, I have to place "No Way Back" in the "what was he thinking?" category. Okay, it's a low-budget, made-for-cable action film, and I shouldn't have hoped for too much, right? Well, I've come to expect Russell Crowe to pull a riveting performance out of even a weak script or a two-dimensional character - just watch "The Quick and the Dead" or "Virtuosity" for evidence of that. Unfortunately, Crowe's Zack Grant was flat and uninteresting and the character of Mary, played by Helen Slater, was simply excruciating. The only performance in the whole film worth watching was Etsushi Toyokawa as "bad guy" Yuji. He brought some complexity and subtlety to what could have been just another flat character. The bottom line? Skip this one, even if you're a big Crowe fan. Trust me."