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  • Actors: Eric Roberts, Robert Davi, Bokeem Woodbine, Keith David
  • Directors: Jesse V. Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0029WLJHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on July 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Normally I would rate this kind of cheesy shoot-em-up lower (three star at the most) but this guy is such a work horse for the supporting roles - it was nice to see him adequately play the main guy with all of the screen time.

Eric Roberts plays the mob henchman who exacts some revenge after being set up for failure. There is some cheese, some overacting from the supporting cast, the well-known fake car scenes and plenty of hardware firing off, but in the end he makes for a decent watch from beginning to end. Ironside only has one scene in the beginning, so Davi and Eric are why one would watch this. Maybe for that car also. The picture quality looks good and the sound was fine so at least the budget existed this time to make it believable.

The supplement feature lasts 15 minutes and covers the usual interviews of cast and crew with the typical shots of the action logistics/production. The sneak peaks are the Michael Roesch fare that will someday make their way to DVD (Alone in the Dark II and Far Cry).

Overall, a decent watch for the Roberts fans and Jesse Johnson's best movie to date (I realize what little that can mean as my customers have despised his last few films), so I would say 3 1/2 for the movie, 1/2 for the extras and DVD quality; hope you enjoy this for what one would expect. As a side note, when Mr. Roberts came through this area to make Graves End a few years back (which is still not released in the US, grrr..) he was always an approachable guy that treated the locals nicely, even after 180+ films he still keeps it going.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Raymond Hobart on February 27, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised after viewing this gem. After a slow start with a lot of driving and seemingly pointless discussions, the films quickly picks up the pace.
While the language isn't as vile, it's a much bloodier film than, say, the Departed. It doesn't use the male-posturing crap that other movies seem to do to justify the carnage, either. Eric Roberts appears as if he's sleepwalking in the early scenes and I thought I was in for another straight-to-DVD snoozer.
Wrong!
While not portraying a "deep" character (after all, he is a hitman!), Roberts can handle the heavy ordnance with the best of them. (Refreshingly, he doesn't bust out crying in this one, folks.)
The film has its plot holes and silliness and is far from perfect. None the less, I give it a 9.5 out of 10. I sincerely recommend. Very well made.
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Eric Roberts plays Merle Hench; he is a guy who used to be a boxer and has spent the last twenty years being an enforcer for a San Fernando mob outfit headed by Murdock. He has a bit of a gambling problem and is running out of usefulness to his erstwhile employer.

Then the new guy on Murdock's team sets him up and all bets are quite literally off. With nothing to lose he goes for broke and decides to take on all comers and get the heck out of it - with as much loot as he can carry and a girl - if possible.

Now this is a film that is about as subtle as a brick - the plot is so old it too is due for retirement, and some of the dialogue is cringe worthy. But where this scores really well is in the action. It is one hell of a shoot `em up and they really do go for broke on the hardware. Without the action this would be a bit of a fail, but with it we get a film that keeps you for the most part wanting to tag along for the ride. If you want subtle, plot and character development then look elsewhere if you want a good old fashioned guns going mental action flick then sit back and enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Know-It-All on March 21, 2011
Format: DVD
This movie has it all. Indifferent direction, cheesy script, lackluster locations, undistinguished acting, but...I had a great time watching it and I don't know why (and I don't care to try to explain why). This was the male version of my wife's idiotic rom-coms--she knows they're trash but loves them anyway. Well, I knew this movie was crapola but I couldn't bring myself to turn it off: a most unusual and inexplicable phenomenon.
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Very good movie. If you're gonna make somebody retire, then let them go out with a bang!! I guess ex-hitman Merle Hench (Eric Roberts' character) was thinking about that quite literally. I really enjoyed watching this. Keith David and Robert David were pretty cool, too. And eagle-eyed viewers will spot "Huck" from "Scandal" (Guillermo Diaz) in a small role.
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This is by no means a 4-star movie, but for whatever the reason I just like it! I don't know if it's the character acting, the over the top violence, the predictable story... whatever it is I'll put this on every few months and just enjoy it.
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