Saturday, 9 January 2010

Film Review: EXIT WOUNDS (2001)

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Running time: 98 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 18

Watched on Sky+ Saturday 9th January 2010.


First of all I’ll have to admit to not being a great Steven Segal fan. I thought Under Siege (1992) was pretty good, and the sequel wasn’t too bad, but the other films of his I’ve seen haven’t really impressed me. And so somebody, a Segal fan, recommended ‘Exit Wounds’ to me and I said I’d give it a look.

The setting is the mean streets of Detroit where, renegade cop, Orin Boyd has just saved the Vice Presidents life. His reward, he’s sent to the toughest precinct in the city, the Fifteenth. Soon after, the robbery of a police evidence store of $5 million of heroin begins to make Boyd suspicious. He has already had a run in with narcotics cop, Matt Montini, where he also ran into drug dealer Latrell Walker and club owner T.K. Johnson. Boyd’s boss, Annette Mulcahy, teams him up with young cop George Clarke who wants to clean up the department. After several run-ins with some rather nasty bad guys, it soon becomes apparent that there are some very corrupt cops in the precinct. Can Boyd and Clarke, with the help of Walker and Johnson, who turn out to be not quite so bad in the end, find out who the corrupt cops are and kick their butts!

Not a bad film, even quite entertaining in parts, but I did find it slightly predictable that the narrative was just used as a vehicle to get Segal into another fight. Don’t get me wrong, the fight scenes are very professionally done and Steven Segal is a great exponent of the art. It just all seems a little too contrived at times. Reasonable performances from the major players, Steven Seagal as Orin Boyd, DMX as Latrell Walker, Isaiah Washington as George Clarke, Anthony Anderson as T.K. Johnson, Michael Jai White as Lewis Strutt, Bill Duke as Chief Hinges, Jill Hennessy as Annette Mulcahy, Tom Arnold as Henry Wayne and Eva Mendes as Trish.

As I said earlier, not a bad film, it’s just not the kind of film I’d usually watch. I have seen much worse films featuring Steven Segal. This is certainly not his best work, but it’s entertaining enough. Plenty of fight scenes and stunts that are very well done, just a shame the story didn’t quite match the action. It’s worth watching the conversation at the very end between Anthony Anderson and Tom Arnold; it’s very rude, and very funny!

My score: 5.3/10

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