Cold case . . .
trebe | 05/20/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Black Dawn is another direct to video release from Steven Seagal, which features the action star returning as Jonathan Cold, a deep cover agent involved with criminals, and an Eastern Block terrorist group seeking to construct and employ a nuclear device. While the terrorists commit a number of brutal robberies to raise the capital to fund their scheme, Cold teams with CIA agent Amanda Stuart (Tamara Davies), a former associate to try and stop them.
There's a high level of violence, and some good action sequences, and plenty of gunfire, explosions, and chase or two. Seagal breaks one wrist, but doesn't do much actual hand to hand combat. Those days are probably gone. For Seagal's fights, some funky editing is used at times, to give the appearance of battle, or perhaps it is ballet? Still, the plot holds together better than one might expect, unlike the first Jonathan Cold adventure, The Foreigner, which was rather a disjointed effort. Although the final action sequence involving a helicopter is a little weak, among Seagal's recent films, this is one of his better efforts.
Decent, but mostly boring...
phoong dan | International | 09/20/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film actually reminded me quite a bit of Shadow Man (2006) though this film being released in 2005 predates that movie. Both films have kind of an eastern European, dark & shadowy espionage-quality to them and despite being fairly-well directed movies are rather slow & methodical without much action to them. However, there wasn't any obvious voice-dubbing in this flick as there was in Submerged (2005) or Attack Force (2006). But there was quite a bit of use of a stunt double and it was obvious at times though it didn't really detract from the movie too much. There was one scene in particular though that I noticed towards the end of the film where Seagal's stunt double is fighting some bad guys in a stairwell and the stunt double is wearing a light grey suit, but in the scene prior to it and following it Seagal's character is wearing a dark blue suit. That was pretty bad!
Unfortunately not much Aikido showcases in this movie, other than the work by the stunt double in a couple of scenes, you don't really see Seagal do much of anything other than shootouts and car chases. More and more of his more recent films are going this direction I've noticed. Less of the martial arts and more of the shootouts and car chases - disappointing. However, not a bad film overall, just a little slow and methodical for my taste."