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The Foreigner (2003)

Steven Seagal , Harry Van Gorkum , Michael Oblowitz  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Seagal, Harry Van Gorkum, Max Ryan, Jeffrey Pierce, Anna-Louise Plowman
  • Directors: Michael Oblowitz
  • Writers: Darren O. Campbell
  • Producers: Alison Semenza, Andrew Stevens, Binh Dang, Elie Samaha, Jacek Samojlowicz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • 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: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JZUP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Foreigner" on IMDb

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There must be an audience for Steven Seagal movies, but it's hard to imagine who would actually want to watch a movie like The Foreigner. Seagal, bloated and puffy-faced, plays a super-professional operative of some kind, who on this occasion is supposed to deliver a package from someone (it doesn't matter who) to a super-rich industrialist. The industrialist's beautiful blond wife tries to intercept it, Seagal prevents this, then decides to help her out, and lots and lots of people get killed in impractical and implausible ways. Almost every scene is so full of "mysterious" dialogue as to be incomprehensible. The Foreigner tries to create a veil of cool action attitude to disguise the lack of cool and the lack of action. Seagal mumbles. Seagal frowns. No one shoots Seagal, despite numerous opportunities to do so and no reason not to. Why was this movie made? --Bret Fetzer

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Steven Seagal is Jon Cold, a professional secret agent for hire who's as cunning as he is deadly. Enter his treacherous world and you might not come out alive. Political corruption, murder and a bounty of backstabbing bad guys swarm around a mysterious package that Cold is hired to deliver from France to Germany. Some very dangerous people will stop at nothing to make sure that Cold doesn't get the package to its rightful recipient, but they'll soon find out that getting in his way is a hazardous decision. Amid exotic locales and loads of explosive excitement, THE FOREIGNER is a heart-pounding thriller from the king of action that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity! October 4, 2004
If you, like me, ever wonder what happened to Steven Seagal, you need to run right out and pick up "The Foreigner." In the late 1980s and early 1990's, it looked as though Seagal would join the ranks of Hollywood's top action stars. You would hear his name in the same sentence with Arnie and Stallone, no small feat indeed. And to a large degree, Seagal's films deserved the comparison. "Under Siege" was a winner, as were "Hard to Kill" and "Above the Law." The actor's greatest appeal isn't hard to fathom; Seagal embraced a brutal form of martial arts that, at least onscreen, allowed him to slap down thugs, break bones, and wreak massive havoc without batting an eye. Literally, Seagal would stand in place and put down one goon after the other with an ease that looked not only natural but also realistic. I still enjoy watching that pool room scene where Seagal's character used pool cues, billiard balls, and whatever else he could lay his hands on to put out the trash. Alas, how the mighty have fallen. The early 1990s may as well be ancient history as far as Steven Seagal is concerned. Although he's still capable of making a few moderately entertaining films, far too often we're seeing movies like "The Foreigner" and "Ticker."

Steven Seagal is Jonathan Cold, aka "The Foreigner," which we learn toward the end of the film is a highly trained government operative who works overseas under deep cover. During the film we discover he's now working for some sleazy Polish goon who wants him to carry a package to a client somewhere in Europe as his final assignment. First, he has to pick up the package from a couple of Russians out in the countryside with his boss's other hired hand, the nefarious Dunois (Max Ryan).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lord Steven AKA God November 5, 2005
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'The Foreigner', along with 'Ticker', is just about the most hated Seagal flick by both the casual movie fan and the most devoted, dieheard Seagalogists. So, I went back and pulled it from my Seagal DVD collection and gave it a repeat viewing. I have come to decide that 'The Foreigner', while no where near the Lordly goodness of 'Belly Of The Beast' or 'Out For Justice', is much better than some of, in my opinion, Seagal's worst: 'Out Of Reach', 'Ticker', and 'Today You Die'.

The plot goes a little something like this: Lord Steven plays ex-CIA agent Johnathan Cold(by far the worst character name Seagal has ever had)who i guess is supposed to be in the same line of work as Jason Statham's character in 'The Transporter'. So the Lord is hired to deliver a package to some rich business tycoon, but of course is turned on by the people who hired him, the rich business tycoon's wife tries to steal the package, and there's other bad dudes out to get the package as well. Its all a little vague but if you don't concentrate too hard, you can ignore all the gaps in plot, and sorta kinda understand whats going on.

Anyways, the Lord is pretty sick looking in this film: he's tubby, his hair is nappy, and he has his arms crossed in front of his gut for approximately 80% of the film. There are a couple decent fight scenes, but the majority of them is obviously done by a stuntman who looks nothing like nor weighs nowhere near as much as Seagal. The only time the Lord appears during fight scenes is in close-up shots where it appears to be playing paddycake. Oh, and about a third of Seagal's dialogue is dubbed by someone who sounds nothing like him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Three Seagals March 22, 2003
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Once upon a time there was a Steven Seagal who was interesting to watch, even if he could not act. He frowned, he regularly broke the law that he was often sworn to uphold by stomping on the rights of street trash, and he used a brute force variation to Aikido that imbued him with bone-breaking power. That was the Seagal of his first films:ABOVE THE LAW, HARD TO KILL, and MARKED FOR DEATH. The audience did not particularly care that his acting abilities even then were non-existent. They responded to his take-no-prisoner attitude toward law enforcement. This Seagal liked to wear long leather coats, but he took them off often enough to show that he had a long and lean look that emphasized his rapid open handed punches into a slimeball's face. Beginning with UNDER SEIGE, ON DEADLY GROUND, and culminating with FIRE DOWN BELOW, a newer, paunchier Seagal emerged. This Seagal involved himself with social and environmental issues. He still managed to beat up hoods, but one could see that he was shifting gears from action hero to action hero with a conscience. Unfortunately, to have pulled this off would have required more acting skill than to ossify on command an already ossified countenance. But as I saw this second Seagal try to remake his image, I could still get some diminished pleasure in watching him do what he did best, even if it became increasingly clear that an ever expanding girth required camera trickery to simulate what the earlier Seagal used to effortlessly do. Now Seagal is truly no more than the fifty plus overweight talent challenged actor that perceptive critics labeled him as even back in 1988. In THE FOREIGNER, he is Jonathan Cold, a government agent of some sort, who is supposed to deliver a mystery package of some sort, to ill-defined criminal types of some sort. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars seagal movies
I have not seen this one yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it, I know i will not be disappointed.
Published 13 months ago by Trish Rosas
5.0 out of 5 stars love
is steven segal the foreigner find out by seeing this high packed action flick where he does not take anything from anyone and shows them how its done seagal style
Published 13 months ago by Seahorse
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foreigner
This truly is a Steven Seagal movie and one of the best. All of his movies are great buy it
Published 14 months ago by Linda Winnell
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i do enjoy his movies there is usually a little different twist to them i had seen this one before i purchased it so i knew it was one i wanted to have so i could watch it when i... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brenda Whittington
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
My customer is very happy that I could find this movie for him, so he could add it to the collection he plans to take on his cruise around the world.
Published 19 months ago by Geoff Tagg
3.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a Gift
I purchased it as a gift have not watched it yet. My brother collects older unusual movies. so I add to his collection every chance I get.
Published 20 months ago by jojo45
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Movie
Good Action. Good acting. Good story. Everything I look for in a movie. No complaints here. I can recommend this for most adults.
Published 21 months ago by Gary W. Towner
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Good.
Since Half Past Dead wasn't too bad one might think that some of the other later Seagal films might be okay as well. Think again. Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by E. Borgman
2.0 out of 5 stars inexplicable trans-european shoot `em up . . .
The Foreigner (2003) is a convoluted, confusing, and ultra-violent thriller that traverses across Europe leaving a trail of death and destruction. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by trebe
2.0 out of 5 stars "Naivity is not what I accuse you of ... however, arrogance does come...
For the uninformed viewer, you really need to look no further than "The Foreigner" when it comes to most of Steven Seagal's direct-to-video career: Seagal's stepping-stone into the... Read more
Published on October 26, 2008 by Mike Sehorn
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