Half Past Dead (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller

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This movie tells the story of a man who goes undercover in a hi-tech prison to find out information to help prosecute those who killed his wife. While there he stumbles onto a plot involving a death-row inmate and his $200 million stash of gold.


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1 January 2004 | bob the moo
A very weak rerun of better movies
Sasha is a car thief working with his partner Nick for a big time crime lord. However when their operations are busted by the FBI both end up sent away to the newly opened Alcatraz. Sasha is called to the side of a man sentenced to die because the man wants to talk about Sasha's experience of death. However when criminals break into the jail and take hostages in an attempt to get the death row prisoner to reveal where he hid his stolen gold. Sasha mobilises to take on the gang but must convince his fellow prisoners to team up.

Against my better judgement I rented this film looking for good action rather than anything else. Sadly I was not even given that here in this film that fails on almost every stage - even when it sets it's own standards so very low! The plot is just yet another Die Hard in whatever twist, but this one has been more of less done much better in The Rock. It doesn't even try to be believable and has no real suspense at any stage. The action sequences are basically the A-Team with more swearing, people armed with two guns or one big machine gun cannot hit each other one in 5 minutes despite being no more than 20 feet apart!

Considering I only wanted action, to be let down so severely was a major problem. While I respect Steven Seagal's skills, those days are long gone on the evidence of this. He doesn't have many scenes that require him to do much fighting - the one big scene he has that is impressive is based on the upper body anyway. He is podgy and out of shape - when he is seen running it is surprising how slow he moves; how they missed a target his size is a mystery to me. Ja-Rule does with his acting what he's been doing with his music - following in DMX's footsteps (made me laugh to hear so much DMX on the soundtrack too - talk about living in the shadows!). In fairness he was OK which he should be if you consider that he plays `the tough talking little gangsta' everyday when pretending to be his rap personae. Chestnut is not a great villain and doesn't have any good scenes, he lacks teeth and only tries to be mean by doing the usual stuff of shooting own men etc etc - Chestnut is an apt name in this role. Peeples is brought in as the `sex appeal' and she is pretty cute despite being forced into a Matrix rip off costume that doesn't make sense considering everyone else is in full body armour! Kurupt is pretty good and is funny over the end credits, but his whole performance feels like an average impression of Martin Lawrence.

Overall this is easily Seagal's worst for years. The action is pretty weak. The fight sequences are very poor and seem designed to make sure Seagal doesn't have to move and is only really filmed from the waist up! The usual cast of caricatures and clichés are weak. I didn't want art - I just wanted dumb action that I could veg out in front of; it speaks volumes that the film didn't even manage to do that.

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Release Date:

15 November 2002



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USA, Germany

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,820,536 17 November 2002

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