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Director(s): Ringo Lam
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Kyle LeBlanc is an American working overseas in Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home to find that hes too late. The man who killed his wife is found not guilty on lack of evidence. So Kyle takes the law into his own hands, and kills the man to avenge his wifes death. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Russian prison he is sent to is tough, and the warden amuses himself by putting on fights where he fills his pockets with money by betting on the fights. Kyle begins to break and go crazy, so he is forced into these fights because the warden knows he is a sure thing. Kyles cellmate 451 begins to make him think what he fighting for. With that, Kyle knows now he must fight another battle the fight for inner peace. It is the only way he can become the man he once was.
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bob the moo (20 May 2013)
Kyle LeBlanc is working a construction job in Russia and his wife isstruggling with the new surroundings and the lack of time they havetogether. On the phone to her one night, Kyle hears the house beingbroken into but arrives too late to save her from being killed. Hepursues the man and, although he gets away, his description is key inbringing the man in on charges. Justice only really takes one form forKyle though and he murders the man in front of the courtroom. Hissentence? Life without the possibility of parole. However with corruptguards, poor conditions and a violent cultural within the Russian jail,life may not actually be that long.I'm not sure who the people are who still turn up at cinemas and videorental stores for Jean-Claude Van Damme movies but, although I'm notone of them, I'll still give him the benefit of the doubt when he turnsup for free on the television. Some reviewers on this site sold it as areally good movie that is dark and tough and all the better forstripping away the style of some of his films. However they suggestthat the film does something interesting with this "losing yourself inviolence" thing but they are mistaken because it doesn't Â in fact itis obvious affair that does just what you expect it to and lacksanything of depth or interesting in the telling. The dead wife aspectand the heavy moral message might have worked with skill in the tellingbut this is not the place to come for subtlety in the telling.The action may be different from the exaggerated style of some of hisfilms but this is not necessarily a good thing. Sure it is gritty andmore realistic in some ways, which would be good if the film hadsomething else going for it in the plot and characters. I'm not tryingto be overly critical because I can see how it could have beeninteresting but the will or ability to make it happen seems to beabsent from cast and crew. Van Damme plays it simple enough but this isno bad thing since this is what the film calls for. Taylor wasinteresting but far too one-note to carry his back-story or make thenarration have the weight it needed. Support from the rest of the castis typically uninspired even if there are a few familiar faces inthere.Overall a so-so film at best. It has a nice atmosphere but the story isnot as clever or interesting as it would like to think it is. Insteadit is all a bit obvious, contradictory and a bit too full of its ownimportance. The cast can't add the depth although in fairness theyprobably wouldn't have been good enough if they had been given thematerial. Might appeal to Van Damme fans anyway, but the plot andaction is too lacking to appeal to a wider audience.
Darkfalz (19 May 2013)
Maybe it's not so surprising, as Ringo Lam was also responsible for VanDamme's last passable film, Replicant. Derailed was a complete disaster andThe Order was pretty stupid too.I watch new Van Damme/Seagal movies mostly because I expect them to be lowbudget, unintentionally funny dreck. I didn't suspect much else fromthis.But it's got quite a good story, and Van Damme does some fairly decent"acting" in this as well as sporting a long beard for part of it (I'm notsure if it was real or not). This film also has an excellent (and probablyrealistic) depiction of prison and in particular prison in Russia (as wellas the legal system in some countries). It's really not a place you'd liketo be.*** SPOILERS ***Here's where I give the film most credit. It seems, half way through, thatthe entire premise is just another excuse to have a "Kumite" like tournamentin prison, with Van Damme doing the fighting, like most of his other movies.But it doesn't actually end up going down that road. It actually turns outto be a fairly dramatic with messages you wouldn't expect from a Van Dammeaction film. Thankfully, they don't try TOO hard to be meaningful. There'ssome scenes with a bad CGI moth and some silly scenes with the ghost of hisex-wife, but in context they aren't too bad.*** END SPOILERS ***Overall, I was fairly impressed. Ringo Lam should do all of Van Damme'sfilms, because he's the only one who gets a decent performance and movie outof him anymore.One gripe I have with so many Van Damme films, is that he is referred to as"The American" or whatever, when he's clearly not American by his accent. Hemay play an American citizen, but other characters who automatically callhim an American only have his appearance and accent to go on. I just findthis to be kind of stupid.7/10
filmfreak-5 (14 May 2013)
Well, I must say I've found Van Damme to be quite a disappointment overthepast ten years.He had a very good run with several quite decent films in the 80'ies,topping his career with "Universal Soldier" which, to my mind, is one ofthebest action films still...since then it's been all downhill and 1/10ratingsI'm afraid.When I stumbled across this film I thought "Van Damme back in jail", wow,another ripoff - this time of "Death Warrant", right?Wrong! Actually this movie was not all bad! It is the first film where IseeVan Damme actually acting, big surprise, but it IS actually possible itseems.The story is quite predictable, but still has a lot of good pointers - tomethis COULD be the sign of a new era for Van Damme, maybe he WILL actuallystart making better movies.It does, however, have a training sequence that reminds me alot ofStallone's Rocky films, however I find it to be OK - atleast Van Dammekeepsaway from his old kung-fu wannabe ballet dancing moves, which is by nowmoreridicolous and clicheed than they are good looking.Sadly - I'm a hard judge when it comes to this man, mainly due to earlierletdowns, but I'll give this a 4/10, and it probably deserves a bit more,but I choose to wait and see if the future holds more failed attempts forVan Damme or what else is in store.With that said - I recommend this film if you're into a decent actionfilmmixed with a bit of drama.***MILD SPOILERS***He gets a life sentence for shooting his wifes killer when he is foundnotguilty. NOW, in real life - during the circumstances, wouldn't be havegotten off with a plead of temporary insanity? Just a little mindbarkler...
Wern-2 (14 May 2013)
I have been waiting along time for this movie to be released as from whatIhad read of the plot it seemed similar to the old school style of VanDammemovies. It was certainly worth the wait as this movie had everything I hadhoped for including Van Damme's much improved acting skills.As all Van Damme fans know he has of late made a couple of movies thathavenot been well received, I could not bring myself to watch Derailed afterreading the reviews of other true Van Damme supporters.In Hell (Australian Title) is exactly what he should be doing this moviehasalot of heart but also what all Van Damme fans want in one of his moviesgreat fight sequences.I hope that he can continue to make movies of the same caliber as In Helland we will see him back where he belongs in the cinemas.
Mr5STARRVD (08 May 2013)
I dont want to give the movie away so I will keep this short and sweet.Thisis by far one of van dammes best movies. Even if your not a Van Damme fanyou will like this movie. Its a very emotional movie and Van Damme givesagreat performance. The fighting and setting is very realistic, dontexpectto see all the old van damme stuff, he gives us somethingnew.
(08 May 2013)
Im a big fan of his movies but this shows thats his time is up. he needs to retire. the whole movie, there was no karate moves and it was basically all street fighting.plus this movie made him look like a wimp as well.
(06 May 2013)
Who the hell are you?AlexAlex who?yeah
(06 May 2013)
Or the bigger question, wtf is he doing in this movie? Maybe the originaltitle of this flick was (What)In Hell (is LT Doing in Russia?) LOLOK OK, this is not a horrible movie, its not great either and recommendedonly for Van Damme fans, and for Russian Mafia fanatics. I am the later.Our hero is imprisoned in the former Soviet Union after his wife is killed,released by the courts, then done in by Van Damme. The prison scenes are veryrealistic, and shows the brutal reality and the corruption that rules thatlife. Soon after being locked up, Van Damme is drafted into the local gladiatorritual and fights his way to the top of the heap while planning his escapewith the help of LT, his Warrior Poet Guru and Life Partner. hahaThe film has an excellent techno/clasical soundtrack, and the action is notobscured by CGI. Its actually pretty well done but I'm still trying to figureout how they spent $17M on this thing, but its worth a watch.
(29 April 2013)
I saw the trailer, and pretty much from what i saw it looks good. It looks very realistic, and dark, i think fans old/new will be impressed with In Hell. One may say that this movie shows the darkside that exists in prisons; the issues that really are never known/said on the six o'clock news, either on the local or the national tv news which are aired on the major tv networks here in America or in any country. Once it comes out i will be sure to rent it. I recommend this film to all who read this posted message. And final note, Van Damme(Jean Claude Varenberg) has finally evolved into a better actor because he is breaking away from that karate/kickboxing mold...The characters in this movie look and feel real; This is no teen love movie, but a movie which shows the brutality/coldness that exists in this planet. Chaos,violence, hatred and blackness to its fullest-In Hell with Van Damme recommended.This is survival of the fittest.
(28 April 2013)
I used to be a big Van Damme's fan, and still love Blood Sport, Cyborg, and other "old" movies. His new movies are getting worse and worse with each new release though. First he dropped down to the level of Jackie Chan's movies, the Chinese-produced ones. Now he went even one lower, to a B-/C+, third-rate production. The plot is completely cliche, the acting is very amature, and on top of that - once again - Van Damme does No martial arts type fighting whatsoever. I never thought Van Damme was a good actor, but I admire his form, speed, and style in martial arts. Now he is trying to be a "real actor" I guess, which he is not and will never be. All in all, my recommendation is - don't waste your time. Even being a hardcore Van Damme fan I just can't recommend this to anyone at all. Although it seems like a great number of people disagree with me.
Mike Helfield (28 April 2013)
Contrary to what Mr. Van Damme says in the "Making of In Hell" (DVD), thiswas not his best film. The action was adequate, the best technique being anawkward Ippon Seio thrown by the initial antagonist in the film. I recognize that this film seeks to be more of a drama than an actionfilm. Frankly, I think that it did not go far enough. It was stuck betweentwo genres. What makes this film intriguing is the appearance of former newYork Giants running back Lawrence Taylor (LT). He does a splendid job,especially considering that he is not a professional actor. Van Damme puts forth a good effort in trying to delve into the dark realmsof his character's psyche. I will concede that the scenes is isolation withthe moth bouncing in and out of the light was a touch of genius. I alsoapplaud Van Damme's effort to try something new. My advice to Mr. Van Damme is to keep on trying to push the boundaries ofthe martial arts genre. I am his biggest fan, and I like seeing him try newthings. However, alongside this new found pursuit, I would strongly suggesthe aim for another Hollywood "blockbuster". His next movie should aim to hittheatres big time. He needs the large budget and a strong supporting cast.He needs to hit it big again. There is nothing wrong with films that gostraight to video/dvd, but I feel that he needs to redeem himself with afilm that will hit a larger viewing audience. He deserves the adulation ofthe common movie-goer, if only just somewhat. Foe us specialists in thisgenre, it will nice to see him assert himself again.
justiceforall (28 April 2013)
Firstly, can I just say that this has to be one of the most unoriginalmovies I have ever seen. It steals from just about every prison movieever made, especially "Midnight Express", "Lock Up", "The Green Mile"etc, and with a bit of "Shawshank Redemption" thrown in for goodmeasure. So, if this is the case then why have I given the movie 8 outof 10? Because it's the best Van Damme movie I've ever seen.Jean-Claude's films are made to appeal to fans of the kind of actionfilm that disappeared from cinemas about 10 years ago: the unthinking,violent, easy-on-the-brain popcorn fodder that he, Arnie and Sly usedto churn out by the bucket load. These days, Van Dame is much likeSeagal in that all their films go direct-to-video (or DVD, as it nowis). However, where as Seagal's post-fame efforts are united by theirawfulness, Van Damme has, with "In Hell", made a real effort to dosomething a bit different.So, he has no real martial arts skills, and no cheesy one-liners.Instead, he actually acts, and it's quite something to behold. Okay,he's never going to win any awards, but it's nice to see he's makingthe effort. Director Ringo Lam shoots the movie brilliantly, making itlook a trillion pounds when in fact it probably cost about 50p to make.The supporting cast are quite good as well, with no terribleperformances rearing up to ruin the film. I must admit, too, that I wasquite moved by certain sections, and you could really feel for theprisoners trapped 'in hell' (what a title!).So, in conclusion, give this movie a watch, and enjoy it- just ignorethat you probably know where the plot is going long before it's evengot there.
(21 April 2013)
Along with many of the other reviewers I must say this is something of a rarity, a good Van Damme movie. Make sure you watch fairly closely to catch the small details that make it this way.
kent church (20 April 2013)
"The Savage" is Van Damme's attempt at making a genuine good movie and mostof the time the film succeeds. Van Damme stars as Kyle LeBlanc, an industrial engineer working in Europe,whose wife is murdered and the killer set free. When Kyle guns down themurderer at the courthouse he is sentenced to life in Russia's worst prison.The warden at this prison is organizing fights between inmates and bettingbig with his fellow wardens. It doesn't take long before gentle and kindKyle is forced to fight. Cut to months later and Kyle has become a savage, aman who fights without emotion and kills without thought.Van Damme pulls this off quite nicely. There's a big difference betweenfamily man Kyle and savage fighter Kyle. Most of the performances in thisfilm are dead on.Special mention must be given to the story. Although it's not the bestscreenplay ever written it's certainly interesting, and far more compellingthan a lot of direct to video flicks. However there areproblems.For starters the film looks like it was edited with a chainsaw and the Bgrade budget undermines some of director Ringo Lam's A grade intentions,which is a shame because this is one of Lam's, and Van Damme's for thematter, better efforts. "The Savage" is a good movie, not just a good action or Van Damme movie, buta good movie in general. Hopefully now Van Damme will make a film that willbe released in theatres. This film shows he's more than ready forit.3 out of 5.
Movie Nuttball (19 April 2013)
Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest film In Hell is in My opinion is his mostdifferent film to date. He was good as always and its unbelievable thatLawrence Taylor had a big role in this movie. It has some interestingcharacters and some good action. Some of the stuff is really brutal. I wassurprised to see Juan FernÃ¡ndez in such a bizarre role but he played itgood! Robert LaSardo is also in the movie along with the huge MichaelBaileySmith! In Hell in My opinion is a decent film but not Van Damme's all timebest but the movie does give him different things to do here. If you loveVan Damme check out In Hell!Movie Nuttball's NOTE:If you are a big fan of Van Damme then check out these other great films!Bloodsport (one of his best!) Cyborg (one of his best!), Kickboxer (verygood!), Lion Heart (one of his best!), Death Warrant, Universal Soldier(Terrific film!), Hard Target (in My opinion his best film ever and to behonest I feel its one of the best movies ever made!), Street Fighter,SuddenDeath (great!), The Quest (great!), and Double Team (very good!)!
leewatts1 (19 April 2013)
This movie has taken a lot of flack from two polar opposite groups:those who prefer the standard Van Damme movie, many of whom havecommented that this film doesn't have enough violence, and those whohate the standard Van Damme film so much that they refuse to give thisone a chance. Those not in either faction will find much to like. Inthe same way that Schwarzenegger made a perfect robot, Van Damme givesan excellent performance as a shell-shocked prisoner forced to fightother criminals, eliminating his emotions as he pounds his foes. Thefights, far from glorified, are painful to watch, and it's made clearthat by participating in them the hero is destroying himselfinternally. Indeed, some fairly deep themes of downfall and redemptionare embedded in this simple beat-em-up. Ignore the bad average ratingand see it for yourself.
(16 April 2013)
I've seen this movie in my childhood and still remember how good it was. The plot was awesome. A story on how he managed to get out of that hell and also revenge for his wife
(16 April 2013)
This is a seriously good movie, well thought out and put together nicley. Vandamme Gives us the best acting preformance of his career and some very realistic and gruesome fight scenes.All movie fans will be pleasantly suprised at the amount of depth that this movie has as well as its top notch direction by its world reknown director, Ringo Lam. Vandamme fans and non Vandamme fans alike will be glued to the television screen in utter amazement by this phenomenal film. Vandamme is back on top and here to stay!! Don't let your DVD collection go without this movie! "In Hell" WILL NOT DISSAPOINT!
Reginaldo Nunes Zaglia (15 April 2013)
Jean Claude Van Damme make a movie for men!!! Very, very blood... very,very fight. This is the best Van Damme movie since "The Taget" (JohnWoo).The screen is weak, but this kind of movie don't need this. If you watchamovie like the 80's movies him... See it!!!
qkill007 (15 April 2013)
Van Damme hasn't delivered a hit since a long time. He's finally outdonehimself this time. The movie does not have the usual martial arts andspecial effects, but good wrestling and street brawl techniques. What wehave here is raw..bloody action at its best!! The movie like most prisonthemed movies is about survival. Van Damme doesn't talk much (thats good)but delivers good expression and emotes very well in particular scenes.Some of the fight sequences and torture scenes have been done amazinglywell. The story is not bad and believe me ,I was told that the movie wouldbe crap, instead the movie was better than i expected. The film does haveafew real good moments. Overall, its a good film..nothing exceptionallygreat, but at the same time unforgettable. It's worth a look !
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