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Steven Seagal stars in this gritty, no holds barred action film as an elite ex-cop with a gambling problem and a mountain of debt. When a mysterious man offers to clear his debts in exchange for the assassination of the city's most notorious gangsters, Matt (Seagal) makes a decision that will change his life?forever. The only man who has Matt's back is married to his ex-wife and has legal custody of his daughter. Even worse, Matt's heavy drinking and excessive gambling continually ruin his attempts to be a decent father. Matt gets a chance at a fresh start when a mysterious old man buys up all of his outstanding gambling debts. However, in return he must pledge his absolute loyalty and use his talents to kill the city's most notorious criminals. Matt must learn the politics of the underworld and grapple with his role as hired muscle. He soon realizes that there is more going on than meets the eye. As the pressures of his new world come crashing down around him, he finally finds the red
Steven Seagal muscles his way through Pistol Whipped, another brutal action flick. This time Seagal is a boozing, compulsive gambler forced by a mysterious stranger to assassinate mob guys and corrupt cops. Naturally, this makes it hard for him to be a doting father to his adoring young daughter. Pistol Whipped has some twists to its plot, but this is all moot--you either like Steven Seagal or you don't. If you do, this is one of the better of his straight-to-video oeuvre. Seagal's attempt to be tender is laughable, but the story isn't completely predictable, the supporting cast isn't bad (Lance Henriksen, Aliens, brings some elegant menace to the proceedings), and though the martial-arts scenes are brief, they're not as choppily edited as in some of his other movies. If you don't like Steven Seagal, you'll find his bloated, wooden presence as repulsive and hateful as it was in every other movie he's ever made. He has two expressions--squinty and scowly--and they're increasingly difficult to tell apart. His one cinematic quality is a lumbering menace, and for his fans, that seems to be enough. For them, Pistol Whipped has plenty of lumbering and scowling on display. --Bret Fetzer
A Good movie with good action sequences. I love it! though this should be strictly for Seagal fans. Ok enough storyline - but not a blockbuster, only for genuine fans - which I amPublished 5 months ago by Airabat
Increasingly pudgy Seagal hasn't done a decent movie since he was trapped on that antique battleship. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kerri K.