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Driven To Kill

3.5 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Get ready for bullets, blood, and bodies hitting the ground, because international action superstar Steven Seagal is back... with a vengeance! Enter the lethal world of Driven To Kill - a take-no-prisoners crime saga that pits Seagal against a deadly criminal syndicate! Seagal stars as Ruslan Drachev, a highly-respected former enforcer in the New York-based Russian Mob, who long ago abandoned the gangland lifestyle to pursue a more peaceful career as a crime novelist. But his world is turned upside down when he learns that his daughter is engaged to marry a Russian gangster who also happens to be Ruslan's cold-hearted nemesis from the bad old days. When a shocking act of brutality forces Ruslan to return to the sinister underbelly of his past, he must mete out his own merciless, murderous brand of justice, until no enemy is left standing!

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  • Actors: Steven Seagal, Mike Dopud, Igor Jijikine, Robert Wisden, Inna Korobkina
  • Directors: Jeff King
  • Writers: Mark James
  • Producers: Kim Arnott, Kirk Shaw, Lindsay MacAdam, Michele Futerman, Oliver De Caigny
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VFM0YC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Driven To Kill" on IMDb

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Forget that Kill Switch and Against the Dark ever happened. It's just not worth remembering those two catastrophes when you can group together the overall string of recent victories for Steven Seagal's DTV career that are Urban Justice, Pistol Whipped, and now "Driven to Kill." This latest entry isn't *quite* as good as either of the former two, but is nonetheless one of the best things that Seagal's done in the last half-decade.

The story: Ruslan Drachev (Seagal) is a former member of the Russian mob and current novelist whose daughter Lanie (Laura Mennell, Watchmen) is attacked and left comatose on the eve of her marriage to the son of his arch nemesis, the mafia kingpin Mikhail (Igor Jijikine, Indiana Jones 4). Ruslan suspects Mikhail and sets out on a trek of vengeance with the aid of the mob boss's son and his daughter's fiancé Stephan (Dmitry Chepovetsky, ReGenesis).

The pressing questions that make or break a Seagal film: (1) is the storyline coherent, (2) how obvious is Steven's stunt double, and (3) how much of his voice is dubbed?
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Seagal plays Ruslan, a former Russian gangster who's now a successful crime novelist. He goes to attend his daughter's wedding and finds out her fiancë is the son of his arch enemy, a crime boss. The young man, Stephan, does not want to be a gangster and is not on good terms with his father. When Ruslan's ex-wife and daughter are attacked, he wants to find those responsible, and enlists the help of Stephan, who believes the daughter/fiancé to be dead.

The quality of Seagal's direct-to-DVD movies have been uneven. This time he teams up again with director Jeff King, who directed "Kill Switch", which was one of the better of his recent movies. And "Ruslan", aka. "Driven to Kill" is also a very watchable movie, though not without flaws. Recommended to fans of Seagal and direct-to-DVD action movies. Let's hope his films keep improving and that we won't have to suffer through more movies like "The Foreigner" or "Mercenary for Justice".
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Ruslan (Steven Seagal) is an ex-Russian mobster living on the west coast. When his daughter (Laura Mennell) in Trenton wants to get married, Ruslan goes there against the wishes of former acquaintances. When his ex-wife (Inna Korobkina) is killed and daughter is left for dead, Ruslan goes after the Russian florists who did the hit.

The film is straight forward Seagal. There are no twists, no surprise endings. If this film, Seagal had not yet perfected the duck, then one knock out punch move as he does in his later offerings. The film takes about 30 minutes to introduce characters before Seagal goes after the bad guys. Average Seagal Flick.

Parental Guide (extended and uncut version): F-bomb, no sex. Stripper nudity (
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SPOILER ALERT: I give away a few "plot points" in my review, so please take that into consideration if you haven't seen the film.

OK, this is another Steven Seagal Direct-To-DVD film from 2009. And in order to adequately enjoy it as a three-star movie, we need to play the glass half full, glass half empty game.

1). GLASS HALF EMPTY: Steven may be a master of martial arts, but dialects? Fuggedaboudit! In this film he's a former Russian mobster, now writing pulp fiction thrillers, who sets out to avenge the murder of is ex-wife and attempted murder of his daughter, on the even of the daughter's wedding.

2). GLASS HALF FULL: The overwhelming majority of Steven Seagal films are placeholders for the Seagal formula. He has to be "someone"...anyone, it doesn't matter. Sometimes an enemy returns from the past (as in this film), or he goes after "Mr. Big" in some nefarious crime organization. But whether Seagal is a former Russian mobster writing trashy novels or a cab driver in Philly, it really doesn't matter. He just needs to be "somewhere" so that the action can revolve around him.

3). GLASS HALF EMPTY: Whether he is a master of martial arts or not, he can't stop a bullet, and the various bad guys in the movie only had about a zillion opportunities to prove that.

4). GLASS HALF FULL: It's like all of those "Halloween" knockoffs in which the teens walk outside the house (or go in the house) when they shouldn't, because the killer is waiting for them. If you spend too much time thinking while watching a Steven Seagal movie, you are watching the wrong movie.

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