18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2000
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.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This movie is worth seeing for five reasons:
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2007
Just after "Above The Law" and before his girth expanded, Seagal made this dandy little action thriller. Set seven years ago on oscar night( and that is as close as he would ever get to one) Seagal gets bad guy Sadler(always fun as the bad man) on video ordering a hit on someone. Well before you can say "kung fu" Seagal is shot and left for dead , his wife is killed and his son gets away. But as we all know, if you don't cut him into pieces, just like Jason, Seagal isn't dead, but he is REALLY, REALLY MAD. Never once is this believable but as it moves so fast you never really have much time to think about it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2000
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
As an owner of all of Steven Seagall's films, I still find this one to be his best. It is most difficult to rate his films as solid "Fives," because of the sometimes hokey nature of the acting and even the plots, but in terms of pure entertainment value, these are definitely entertaining. As he aged, Seagall's roles became less believable, due to the weight he put on and the deterioration of his martial arts skills. But this is the ultimate 'revenge" film, matched only perhaps by the first two "Death Wish" films of Charles Bronson. The story line is excellent here, Kelly LeBrock is fabulous, and the viewer will certainly be satisfied with the totally apropos title ending!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2007
Seagal plays Mason Storm, a Los Angeles homicide detective who is seen on the dock, one night, with a video camera and a tape recorder, spying on mystery guys who were plotting to turn a political figure into a memory...
Once he gets the evidence, Storm shares the information with a buddy, unaware that two crooked cops, in the next room, are listening in to their phone conversation...
Later that night, an assassination squad turns their automatic weapons against Storm and his family... They murder his wife, fail to kill his young kid, but apparently left him seriously wounded...
After Storm is taken to the hospital, he sank into a deep coma... His death was faked and his true identity was hidden away by a friend..
Seven years later, Seagal suddenly comes out of his coma, and begins to remember events that happened while he was conscious...
When he regains his full consciousness, he asks his beautiful nurse, Kelly LeBrock, to get him immediately out of the hospital...
In a house-sitting far back from the city, Storm prepares his health and wellness with Oriental healing traditions, stimulating the flow of energy within his body, by inserting fine needles into specific points on his skin...
Once achieving his skills of vitality, he set out to avenge his wife's murder by tracking down the crooked cops, and of course the ambitious, cynical politician, who was behind the grand scheme of things...
"Hard to Kill" is full of flying bullets and breaking-glass, with super-graphic fights and shootouts... Our great hero proves once again to have a threatening penchant for breaking bad men's arms, legs, wrists and backs...
Seagal and LeBrock look great together.. Their palpable chemistry is well translated on the screen... The gorgeous model eventually married the wonderful man, and they would have three children... However, in 1996 the two divorced and LeBrock began appearing a bit more, taking part in the feature film 'Wrongfully Accused' (1998), opposite Leslie Nielsen and Richard Crenna...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mason Storm (Seagal) is a dangerous LA homicide cop. So bad, in fact, an early movie exchange cements his lethality. Storm tauntingly drops to his knees in a grocery store, whispering, "Come and cut my heart out, come and cut my heart out!" to a knife-wielding criminal. It's funny because the criminal has clearly never even used a steak knife, much less attack another human being...who happens to be a black belt in aikido. That'll cost you one fully functional ankle and fibula, Mr. Unaware Criminal.
Anyway, Storm is investigating police and political corruption. One night he's spying on a corrupt deal where he gets audio and video evidence of a political assassination plan. Unfortunately, he can't keep his trap shut and blabs to a friend as corrupt policemen listen in.
Once the bad guys are aware of Storm's evidence, they send a hit-squad to his house. Completely unaware, Storm and his wife get gunned down in bed. Luckily, Storm's young son escapes through the window, and, Storm does not die. He's severely injured, but he's just left for dead in a coma.
Fast forward seven years...
Storm wakes up from his coma where a hot nurse (Kelly Lebrock) is attending to him. During a pointlessly unreal scene, Lebrock lifts the sheet to look at Storm's dormant package, and openly pines for him to awake from the coma. A guy waking from a coma to a beautiful nurse who wants to have sex with him? What is this, a porn flick?
In a matter of no time, Storm has regained his past superhuman dexterity and strength via some light work outs and self-administered smoking acupuncture needles...because this clearly takes care of SEVEN year's worth of muscle atrophy. And, sure enough, he and Lebrock start to fall for one another. From vegetable to fully healthy man forgetful of his dead wife, it's borderline comical how quickly he begins romance anew with his hot, private nurse.
During this brief healing period, Storm hears a campaign ad on tv from the corrupt Senator who was involved in his assassination attempt, and this is where the classic Seagal line is uttered, "I'm gonna take you to the bank Senator. To the blood bank!"
From there it's a confrontation with the crooked cops and politicians, where an ample amount of appendages are broken and dislocated, and Mason Storm triumphantly delivers pain before walking off during the credit roll with his new woman, his long lost son, and a plethora of bleeding bad guys in his wake.
Classic Seagal, great movie.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2008
In 1990, after an excruciating two year wait, the film world was blessed with Steven Segal's second masterpiece, Hard to Kill. The work of cinematic art also stars William Sadler(Heywood from Shawshank Redemption), and Kelly LeBrock. LeBrock and Segal were actually married at the time this film was made. LeBrock was one of the hottest chicks in the 80's, then ballooned up enough to cement her status as B with a Celebrity Fit Club appearance a couple years ago. How did Segal land her? How has he fooled people enough to appear in 20 films? It's like the guy has the whole world hypnotized. Considering how irrelevant they both are now, how funny is it that they were married. And until 1996. I can't even imagine how their relationship was at the end there. Did Segal divorce her because she finally beat him in a hot dog eating contest and he couldn't stand it? I don't get it, but it somehow adds to the b of Hard to Kill doesn't it? You know what else does? The plot.
In the movie, Segal plays Mason Storm, no seriously. Storm is a cop(shocker!) who films some mobsters and a politician making some illicit deal. When he gets home, corrupt cops who are in on the deal, shoot up Segal and his family. His wife is dead, Segal is in a coma, and his son jumps out the window but survives. Words cannot do it justice, believe me it was awesome. And a little tough to take. Segal got totally lit up. Sid always thought Segal's ponytail grease would save him somehow in moments like this. And, one of the corrupt cops was the guy who got forked in the hand by Denton Vachs! If you don't know what movie that's from, shame on you.
So, Segal is in a coma for SEVEN years. And his smoking hot nurse falls in love with him while he's in the coma. Are they serious? Were they intentionally going for the soap opera parallels? The portion of the movie that featured Segal in the coma and trying to recover from being a vegetable for seven years was the best in the movie. It kept on giving. There was the unforgettably uncomfortable scene when LeBrock lifts up Segal's bedsheet while he's in the coma to get a look at the Segalsage. Her reaction when she saw it: "PLEASE wake up." Oh the baby! Then, once Segal was out of his coma, he gave himself acupuncture to regain the muscle function in his legs. Read that again. Obviously, Segal gets his son back. The kid has been living with Segal's old partner. Segal ends up finding out that Senator Vernon "And you can take that to the bank!" Trent was the politician talking with the mobsters the night he got shot. So, he goes to Trent's mansion and kills like 15 of Trent's men before holding the Senator at gunpoint. Just then, the cops bust in! And they don't arrest Segal, they arrest the U.S. Senator. Then, Segal is walking away with his son, the old tape Segal shot is playing-and it ends. The credits roll, as they would in any self-respecting B.
Hard to Kill will be as ridiculous for you to watch as it was for Sid to try to review. But, if you can watch it while imagining Segal and a buddy sitting in Segal's house trying to write the script it will be just a hilarious, transcendent movie watching experience. The number of times Seagal said things like, "Yeah, then I have atrophy from the coma. And I...I give myself acupuncture to cure it!" must have been astounding. And, this movie has historical significance. It is the first time Segal wasn't indestructible in his movies. The only other time this happened was in Executive Decision. During that filming, Segal's tantrum over the fact that he dies in the movie held up shooting for three days. That's the Segal we all know and love, with an ego as big as his giant gut. So, if you feel like laughing at the man who once gave us the quote: "I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol" then watch Hard to Kill. Sid recommends!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2008
I like action movies, and Steven Seagal movies are a guilty pleasure. This, I think, is one of his better ones.
Cop Mason Storm (Steven Seagal) overhears something he shouldn't have, and the bad guys come after him, his wife, and his son. His wife dies, and Storm is in a coma, hidden away under an assumed name by the one trustworthy cop on the force.
Seven years later, he wakes up and asks his nurse (Kelly LeBrock) to get him out of the hospital--with a little extra convincing from the bad guys who start shooting up the place to get him, she complies.
They hide out while he recuperates and trains and regains his strength, then he goes after the bad guys.
Like most Steven Seagal movies, it's a little overdone, a little unbelievable, but it's fun. Seagal is the same character he always plays, and the dry, serious delivery of his lines always works for me. Unfortunately, Kelly LeBrock seemed to be trying to mimic him, and she just sounded wooden. Eh. She was probably eye candy for the male audience anyway. The little bit of romance was sweet, and the action was exciting and interspersed with humor. Best of all, the ending was very satisfying--you never need to worry about the bad guys not getting what's coming to them in a Steven Seagal movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2007
Hard To Kill is what made me a Seagal movie fan. This is Seagal's best movie and is better than Under Siege and much more violent. Seagal is a cop who is gunned down and his wife is killed. After many years in a coma, Seagal wakes up and goes to get revenge against the people who killed his wife. This movie is loaded with martial arts and gun fights. There is more martial arts in this movie than in any other Seagal movie. There are multiple times in this movie where Seagal puts away his gun so he can hand out a beating using aikido. One of the best fights is in the liquor store where Seagal tells his four attackers "Oh, my gun makes this unfair. I'll put it away. How about if I kneel too. Will that make it more fair". Eventually the bad guy attacks and gets multiple broken bones by Seagal. The end of the movie was very satisfying with more violence including one scene with a pool stick that was so good I was grinning with enjoyment.