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Against the Dark

2.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Kantana master Tagart (Steven Seagal) leads a special ops squad of ex-military vigilantes on a massacre mission, their target: vampires. On the post apocalyptic globe, sucked dry by bloodthirsty vampires, a few remaining survivors are trapped in an infected hospital. Tagart, is their only hope and he knows the only cure is execution. Now it’s time for the last stand against the flesh-eating vampires and there’s nothing left to lose but the last of humanity.

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  • Actors: Steven Seagal, Jeff Chase, Skye Bennett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Against the Dark" on IMDb

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QUESTION: What is more unstoppable that Steven Seagal? ANSWER: Steven Seagal with a sword..

The main reason I have not watched any Steven Seagal movies in many years is because his character is always untouchable. How many times can we watch Seagal slice through the biggest and baddest villians like a hot knife through butter and never even get a single scratch? It's a boring formula, and drains all suspense from the movie.. because you know our hero will never even get touched by anyone of anything.

I bought Against The Dark hoping it would be a little bit different. After all, it was a total change up for Steven Seagal as far as movie type. He wouldn't be that dumb as to bring the same old untouchableness into a horror movie would he???? But he did... and right before I put the movie in I said laughingly, "I'll bet Seagal has the same look he always has in every movie.. He will be invincible and never even break a sweat. He will always be in total control and never have a finger laid on him." And I was so right...

Even in a world where an unknown virus has turned most of the population into vampire like creatures, Stevie wears his same old hide kicking grimace and obliterates everything in his path with ease. He never gets scared, never flinches and has the whole situation by the short hairs.

The acting is bad in this movie as well.. When Stevie delivers his lines he sounds like he is trying to be a gangsta.. other times he sounds like Fog Horn Leg Horn doing a Steven Seagal impression. And yet sometimes, he reminds me of my Uncle Louie when he was a bit younger and had teeth. Stevies moves were bad, was he injured or something????? All he did was the same few swish, swish, swishes with his sword and slash the vampires necks..
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Some may not even be as generous to call Stephen Seagal an action legend. Let me start by saying this, I am very forgiving when it comes to b-rate action/sci-fi movies. I enjoy that genre, even in all of its corny and unbelieveable antics. It is one thing to be a b-movie, and shunned by the masses, they are definetly not for everybody. It is quite another to be so bad that not even fans of this type of movie can't stand it. For all intents and purposes, for people like me, this film should have been an easy slam dunk. A matial arts star (albiet washed up) and vampires. No one watching a movie like this is expecting an oscar-worthy script, or even good acting. Rather, they are looking for some redeeming quality, even if an over-the-top action sequence, or creative carnage, or in some way making light of itself (i.e. Bruce Campbell movies).

If there is one B-movie killer, it is the 'b' word. Boring. There are a myriad of bad movies out there, each bad for its own reason, but at least they are not boring, and thus have a select audience. Against the Dark couldn't be more boring. They do not even attempt to get you connected to any one of the characters. The biggest miss here is also the most obvious-Stephen. An Aikido master, we should have seen some action. His character is supposed to be a sword master, yet despite that, we see NO martial arts, and for a sword master, he barely touches it. Even with a big, cool sword, he opts to just shoot the vampires with no flash at all. The vampires, by the way, are less vampires, and more like zombies, except they can be stopped easily.
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Perhaps "Against the Dark" is the worst Steven Seagal film, this side of incredibly terrible "Attack Force." Trust me, this is really bad. And what is worse, boring.

Steven Seagal is Tao, a sword-wielding zombie hunter dressed in black leather coat. Actually, he doesn't use the weapon very much, let alone his (once trademark) martial arts skills. What he does in this post-Apocalyptic world where most humans turned into zombies, is just roaming in a dilapidated hospital at midnight, mumbling something forgettable occasionally.

There are other characters trapped in this deserted building, some trying to find medicine, some just to survive. In this awfully ineffective story, all they have to do is look worried, keep talking and walking. Actions? None. Scares? None. Unintentional laughter? None, again. The editing and photography is below average, so poor and dark that sometimes you cannot tell what is going on. The film is just boring, a total waste of time.

Keith David appears as a military officer who must make a tough decision. He deserves much better films than this.
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If your thinking of renting/buying this video because it looks like Stevie has done a horror movie well he has.....but that is just because how bad this film is. First-not scary. Second-Bad acting (worse than you would expect, I should say). Third-Seagal is hardly in the movie. The only time we see him is as he and his "entourage' walk through this bldg easily striking down these creatures as they `step' out one at a time to be sliced and diced!! No thought put into any of these must have taken Stevie a cool 30 minutes on the set to come in and film his whopping < 8 minutes total and then go to another set to start another bad movie. Worst of all how do you have all these creatures running around and the movie is still boring? I was even having a beer and it was still bad........... DO NOT BE DECEIVED!!! THIS MOVIE REEKS!!!!
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