- Actors: Van Damme
- Directors: Ringo Lam
- Format: Widescreen
- Subtitles: Spanish, French
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: DEJ Productions
- Run Time: 98.0 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000FJDEMW
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The film is very dark, brutal, and bloody, but it is beautifully filmed. There is one scene in particular when Kyle is thrown in "the hole" for misbehaving. In that scene, after Kyle loses hope and tries to hang himself, a moth flies down from the window/rafters above him and the camera beautifully follows it down as it flutters toward Kyle, and then it lands on the handle of the spoon that is in his untouched bowl of gruel, as if to say, "Eat. Get stronger, and you will be able to free yourself from this place." I know it sounds really corny, but it is really a lovely scene and not something that you typically see in JCVD films.
The DVD transfer is awesome. Picture and sound quality are good and you get widescreen and fullscreen to choose from.
Definitely a movie to see, whether you like Van Damme or not. It's a movie for anyone who has ever lost anyone they loved or had their life inexplicably turned upside down and had to fight to get things right.
Reading the plot outline to IN HELL, it would be easy to assume that it's just another typical Jean-Claude Van Damme fancy kicks, buttock shots, big guns festival. But much to my surprise, it wound up being a deep, gritty, poignant, intense and mature picture instead. Who knew? After the abysmal DERAILED (his worst film along with STREETFIGHTER), the Muscles from Brussels returns to top form in what is his best movie since REPLICANT and probably his strongest performance ever. This bitter pill punched hard with its unrestrained display of human ugliness, gripping symbolism and brutal violence which itself was dipped in philosophy and a sadness stricken aura. The films "ace" though was that it played it mainly as an engaging character-driven piece about one mans loss of his soul and his tortuous journey in prison to regain it. Thankfully, J-C was up to the task. I felt his characters pain, gulped a few times and was rooting for the main man the whole way.
Visually, the movie also came out a big winner with its strong showing of exquisite photography, stylish/creative shots and an intoxicating morbid atmosphere. Think David Fincher (SEVEN) like. And the fight sequences, you may ask? Well, we're treated to a different flavor than the usual Van Damme here. Gone are the "show off" aerial kicks that wouldn't hold up in a real fight and present is a more grounded style of fighting that reinforced the films realism and emotional impact. Sadly, parts of the script weren't up to par. Without the minor plot holes, the various prison movie cliches, the obvious devices to communicate substance and the tacky "ghost" appearance, the flick would've reached a higher level of quality. But in the end, I was still genuinely moved, impressed and highly entertained by IN HELL. It transcended its faults and affected me on many levels. Way to go, Jean-Claude
That's the journey of Van Damme's character in one of his most difficult roles. Well, everybody knows that Van Damme it's not Al Pacino but he tries very hard to make a convincing and troubled man tormented by the horrors of the life in jail, floating from a good man to a savage beast. Unfortunately his character is the only one with depth in a script full of holes and clichés, so his efforts are mostly in vain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WOW WHAT A ACTION PACKED MOVIE...Jean-Claude Van Damme gets arressted in a Russian Prison.The Prison Staff soon forces him to fight for money.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teddy Towe
In Hell I thought was a really good movie. JCVD plays Kyle LeBlanc, a French-American man living and working in Russia with his American wife, who soon gets brutally murdered. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven McKenna
Product came in good condition. The film itself was not bad at all its a real good movie and has a lot of heart. One of VAN DAMMES better straight to DVD movies.Published 18 months ago by Brandon DeLaurentiis