Gunned down and left for dead, L.A. cop recovers while hiding for seven years, then takes revenge. — Item Type: DVD Movie — Item Rating: R — Street Date: 08/03/04 — Wide Screen: yes — Director Cut: no — Special Edition: no — Lang... more »uage: ENGLISH
1) Emotional storyline. Kill a guy's family, put him in prison, and you've got the making of a high-octane story. Yes, maybe it's not CASABLANCA but it taps into our deepest emotions and desires. Including trying to get your son back.
2) Martial arts. Love the sequence where Steven Seagal is training. Very Eastern. Very authentic.
3) William Sadler as Senator Vernon Trent. Hollywood's most underrated character actor and villain turns in an understated performance. Very smooth and slick.
4) Seagal's romance. Yes, it's cheesy, but I'm a chick. Sue me.
5) The hot tub scene with Sadler. Again, sue me."
Bone Crunching action
Tony Ginnetti | Murfreesboro, TN United States | 08/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being a huge fan of action films, it's hard to critique them because this genre of movie making has one purpose...to give viewers an escape from reality and a sense of enjoyment in seeing scumbags and criminals get what they don't get in the real world: The sh-- kicked out of them. For this reason, I rate films of this nature on production values and good action and effects, not necessarily the script or character definition. Most of Steven Seagal's films are better-than-average and this one rates near the top because the action is top-notch and the choreography of the hand-to-hand scenes is truly believable. His aikido skills are remarkable. There's even a little pathos and some humor thrown in to give viewers a little more than just bone-breaking fun. This is a good movie if you remember not to take it too seriously and just have fun and watch the bad guys get theirs in painful quantities."
Worth watching from start to finish
DSG | Franklin, Wisconsin | 03/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"saw this about 9 times on tv loved it more and more every time shocking powerful action movie with small bits of humor like when Mason Storm gets down on his knees to look like he's playing fair with the robbers in the store and he still kicks their ass regardless even while on his knees now that's funny and powerful. Lebrock is lusciously pretty and very talented. if you like Seagal see Marked for Death, Exit Wounds. and other great titles. I got this on dvd 2 days ago. it's worth the thrills, laughs and excitement every watch see this movie if you like Kelly Lebrock, then see Weird Science. good and interesting movie"
"I'm gonna take you to the bank Senator. To the blood bank."
Michael P. Beck | Allentown, PA United States | 10/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to hate Hard to Kill, but you will also find it hard to avoid soiling yourself after being subjected to the unintentional humor inherant in any quality Seagal flick, this one no exception. Grasshopper Steven portrays Mason Storm, a man brutally cut down in his home by crooked cops and presumed dead... that is until he shows signs of life in the emergency room and is kept alive in a coma for years. He awakens in the 1990s with the beautiful Kelly LeBrock as his nurse and soon realizes that he is being sought out by the same cops that attempted to murder him years earlier. Seagal manages to recall a shady Senator through a memory lapse and promises to take him to the blood bank. Some other humorous moments include Seagal punching a wood plank out of its ground anchor during his training sessions, Seagal covered with smoking acupuncture needles during therapy, Seagal throwing a tribal mask over the head of a defeated enemy, etc. Another winner."
Steve At His Finest!
Melvin Hunt | Cleveland,, Texas United States | 11/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was definitely one of Steven Segal's finest films. Playing the role of a policeman Segal video tapes a crooked politician striking a deal with underworld elements. This causes hired killers to invade his home. This invasion causes the death of his wife and places our hero in a 7 year coma. His son is raised by a fellow policeman. Segal comes out of his coma and narrowily escapes being killed again. The pretty nurse takes him to an isolated retreat where he regains his health. The crooked politician has now become a U.S. Senator. Through the efforts of our hero the politician is brought down and our hero gains revenge. This is a must see video."