Director(s): Michael Oblowitz
Country: USA, Aruba
IMDB Rating: 3.1
Archeology Professor Robert Burns is on location leading an important dig in the ancient ruins on the Far Eastern Chinese border. He accidentally discovers that the Chinese Mafia, the Tong, is using his newly discovered ancient Chinese artifacts to hide and smuggle narcotics across the border. Robert immediately tries to flee with his assistant and narrowly manages to escape the pursuing Tong but not without a heavy price. His loyal assistant is killed and he is framed with the evidence at the Chinese border by the Chinese military and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He is locked up in a Chinese prison where he is guilty until proven innocent. His loving wife Maya vows to help get him out of jail. The DEA finally convinces the Chinese military that Robert may be of more help to them outside jail by leading them to the real smugglers. Once he leaves his Chinese prison cell Robert would rather enjoy his freedom back in the U.S. and keep his past behind him, but The Tong catches up to him and threatens not only his life but that of his wife. They threatened the wrong man. Secrets of Roberts past start to emerge as he unleashes his awesome martial arts fighting abilities to defend himself and his wife. Now that The Tong and their drug cartel know who he is they will stop at nothing to kill Robert to protect their own corrupt interests. To avenge the lives of loved ones he has lost, Robert must hunt down, pursue and find each of the Tong members. In a classic homage to Chinese martial arts films, he is involved in intense hand to hand combat including sword fighting, guns, car chases, and other ingenious forms of fighting to mame and kill these Tong members. He deciphers their ancient coded Tong tattoos which leads him to their don, Wong Dai- The Emperor the man who controls an empire of crime and corruption across many borders. As an added twist Robert discovers upon meeting Wong Dai, that the evil man himself has been manipulating our protagonist in order to have him kill Wong Dais own Tong members and thus, secure the ill gotten gains of Wong Dais empire of crime for himself.
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(22 May 2013)
This movie is a "Fat Jacket Movie"! If you are a Segal fan, you know what I mean. It is very easy to tell if a Segal flick is going to be good. Simply, look at the cover. If Steven is wearing a large jacket, in order to cover a large round "santaesque" belly, than just put it down and back away.Try to keep your Segal flicks pre-Fire Down Below. These are the true ultraviolent, bone popping, one-lining, former-agent-turned-whatever Flicks. I am a Segal fan...the Segal Fan, but one must recognize the boundries of Segal flick watching.By the by, if you find Fat Jacket Segal movies funny(like I do), this one has some deliciously absurd crap in it.P.S.If I were to meet Steven Segal I would tell him his movies are great. I think he could still break me into pieces.
reservoirdogs07 (22 May 2013)
From my message board history, you can tell im a very big steven seagalfan.I've enjoyed many of his movies, and continue to support him even afterhiscareer has ended. But sometimes, you just can't feel sorry for the guy.Especially when he puts out garbage like this. "Out For a KIll" is anexample of what any movie should not be. Its horrible on every levelimaginable. Even Seagal shows a sense of depression throughout the movie.Then again, what movie doesnt he? Apparently Seagal is a reformedprisoner,who is now an archaelogist. Yes folks, i said archaelogist. And of course,as every reformed-prisoner-turned-archaelogist knows, specializing inmartial arts is a prerequisite. But thats not even the worse part of thefilm. Seagal isn't trying hard to convince people hes at all puttingeffortinto putting out a decent action film. Hes slow, hes sad, and frankly, heseems like he may be using drugs. All in all, this movie is terrible. butits not the lowest point in seagal's career. ooohhh, noooh, theres muchworse. Thankfully, seagal's newest title "belly of the beast" is actuallydecent. Many might even consider it decent enough to be in theatres. Butthats another story. this film embarasses seagal and frankly i think aftermaking this movie he deserves to have such a lousy career. Stay away fromthis movie. Far, Far Away....
yatgohoyan (12 May 2013)
Well, I would have awarded this on a "0" if I could have. cos thisShiite ain't worth anything else.I'm not going into the plot as its none existent. Let's say, Seagal isa archaeologist, "Out for Justice". Other than that, you don't want toknow.I saw this film on TV the other day when it was on before "Bloodsport".The TV guide gave it one star more...WTF?!?!?! The f*****g Shiite asswooden acting of Mr Seagull, resembles that of a fat, overweight woodendoll. Clearly impossible, but he pulls it off, in spectacular fashion.Plot is total arse and none of it is convincing!!! The fact he hasn'tprobably seen his pen-is in the last ten years clearly shows hiscraving for macho crap in this film, clearly the single worst film I'veever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Evan (11 May 2013)
Having studied Aikido most of my adult life, I am always drawn to Steven Seagal movies. Many of them have totally rocked, but this one blows big time. 1) I'm tired of Seagal always looking like he has to make a bowel movement. It's ugly, and doesn't impress me.2) He has charisma, but still needs to work on his acting.3) This movie is just lame. He deserves better scripts - and some acting lessons.Come on Seagal - we KNOW you can do better. Your first three movies totally rocked!
ma-cortes (04 May 2013)
The picture starts with a brooding phrase : 'All warfare is based onthe art of deception'. Robert Burns(Steven Seagal) is a professor ofarcheology, happily married(Kata Dobo), making excavations in EasternChina. When he discovers the existence a Chinese mob usingarchaeological pieces for drugs smuggling, the Chinese authoritiessuspect on Burns and is taken prisoner. He gets the freedom and returnsUS looking for vengeance. Meanwhile a group of Chinese mobstersencounter in Paris, it's the beginning of a new era. As Sai Li controlsshipment in the French heroin market; Tang Zhili controls entire N.Y.drug conglomerate; Yin Qunshi from Sofia controls Eastern European drugcartel; Libo controls Shangai drug exports; Fang Lee from Paris , akathe Barber, controls Paris drug cartel, known to hire unique assassins;Mr Chang controls London drug money. Like all great conglomeratesaround the world, Chinese families are merging. An united Tong ispowerful enough to push other syndicates out of business and will comea day when the Chinese families control entire market. The mobsterstake special care so that nothing and no one interferes with a historicevent, it will be the most important business transaction in thehistory of the Chinese family. Robert Burns is helped by two Deaagents, Tommie Ling(Michelle Goh) and Ed Grey(Corey Johnson).TammieLing based in Hong Kong investigates narcotics and other relatedcrimes, assigned to work with an American agent, they have been in sixcountries in international drug ring. Burns gets a books of addressesin code, an ancient Chinese system used by messengers to the emperor,on the arm of every Chinese Tong member is tattooed a symbol from theemperor's code. Decoded and getting the boss'emperor, Wong Dai(ChooiBeh). Then Robert vow revenge and seeks the location of Sai lo(PingTang) the man who killed his wife. Si-Lo is using an old building in alaundry of Paris. Si-Lo made one very big mistake, he touched the mostsacred thing in Burns'life, killing his wife and Robert is forced todig two graves.The film packs lots of noisy action, thrills and violence, but doesn'tquite hang together. Wooden Seagal is efficient at dispatching theenemy, he kicks, punches, wags and uses blades against the nastiesvillains. The fight scenes are middling-choreographed and violent,flowing much blood . May be predictable , especially the graphicviolence , but the action is fast though with no sense. This filmbelongs the Seagal's last period when he's doing low budget and directto video films, such as 'Flight of fury, Mercenary of justice,Submerged, Belly of beast, Ticker', among others. The motion picture isbadly directed by Michael Oblowitz who also directed him in 'Out forkill and The foreigner'.
lee nicholson (04 May 2013)
STEVEN SEAGAL is a great action hero. His movies (usually) contain astrong brooding hero, witty one-liners and martial-arts to die for. Theguy is a respected AIKIDO master, director, producer, singer andspiritual guru. Unfortunately, he seems to have terrible agents,because of late (the last 2 OR 3 years) he has starred in duds likethis movie, OUT FOR A KILL. SEAGAL plays professor (oops!) Robert burns(no, not that one) who just happens to be (when push comes to shove) amartial-arts whizz. When drug barons, frame him, our stout senseiquietly does his time in prison (the prison scenes do nothing tofurther the plot, but pad out the already 'slim' running time) but whenreleased, the bad guys kill his wife........STEVEN SEAGAL is OUT FOR AKILL! On paper, this sounds great, but SEAGAL has chose to work againwith hack director MICHAEL OBLOWITZ (who directed the slightly lessinept THE FOREIGNER) and this film is as simplistic, as the previousmovie was complicated. SEAGAL goes around, looking for clues andgetting into fights, gaining a clue, with each (inevitable) victory.This goes on (and on and on and on) until SEAGAL squares up with MR BIG(tm) On a positive side, their are some good(ish) fight scenes (mostlydoubled) and the film looks OK, but the plot (or lack of it) areterrible. Bad dubbing (the start of a bad trend for SEAGAL) and fillerplot (a pointless slow-mo shoot-out is shown TWICE!) plus endlessboring shots of Chinese mob bosses sat round a table, discussing theirnext plan to kill SEAGAL. The movie also features come of the worsegreen-screen processing....EVER (you'll know these scenes when you seethem!) SEAGAL is good however, as SEAGAL usually is (it's more theshame that projects and directors like this, are below him) and theseforeign made movies are doing nothing for his (once box-office player)credibility. Given the many faults of TICKER (2000) at least it was U.Smade, and had a great cast. OUT FOR A KILL apparently cost $20+m, butcomes across like a lame 'BRUCE LI' knock off. SEAGAL is still gettingpaid for these D-T-V's (he's probably the highest paid straight tovideo star) but movies like this are a waste of SEAGAL's talents.SEAGAL seems to be getting something right BELLY OF THE BEAST (2003)was one of his best since THE GLIMMER MAN and this years OUT OF REACH,albeit slow, were vast improvements over this jumbled mess of a movie.Fight scenes aside, this plodding thriller rates a (sad) five out often (only because i'm a SEAGAL fan) knock three stars of this rating,if you are not a fan
Seth Nelson (30 April 2013)
Yes! I love action movies! Oh, they just keep me hooked on, making mewatch DVDs a lot! I like the plots and things that action movies have!Yeah!!!!! Now, as I was saying, "Out for a Kill" is one great exampleof a excellent action film. The DVD is what makes watching this movieeven sweeter. I can watch this movie on my widescreen television, andthanks to the 1.85:1 widescreen picture (no black bars, baby!), I amgetting the full picture! It's like enhanced fullscreen! And I'mgetting such a great picture in my living room! And we need somethingelse besides the picture. How about the sound? Four (count them!)languages to choose from: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese! Andthis is America! So if you are a DVD geek like me (and that's true!)and you want to see an explosive action movie, go rent this onetonight!
BroadswordCallinDannyBoy (30 April 2013)
Can he sink any lower? Probably yes, because at the rate he is goingturning back is going to be very hard. It was after Exit Wounds thatSeagal started his nose dive which has yet to end. Half Past Dead was agood step up from Ticker, but it still was only OK. Now we arrive at......this horrible film. It contains a bland to the max story ofvengeance on the people who killed Seagal's wife. Some of the scenesare also so overly and ridiculously dramatic that you'll cringe. AndSeagal, in this film, plays Seagal. That's right, he plays himself. Hejust shows up on screen pretending to be a professor and the audienceexpects him to start fighting with people soon and that's what happens.No character development to speak of just mundane fights one afteranother. The bad guys are really stupid and just sit around a tablesomewhere. One by one they disappear and we are led to believe thatthey among the films body count. Does that sound dumb and confusing?Well that's because it is. 2/10Rated R: violence and profanity
shiningmonk (27 April 2013)
Archaeology Professor Steve uncovers a nest of Chinese villains, who, for noapparent reason, decide to eliminate him. Not having seen any of his films,they make two crucial mistakes. Firstly, instead of sending younger, fitterhenchmen to do their dirty work, they go after him themselves. Secondly,they take him on one at a time. Armed only with his incense sticks, aseemingly endless supply of airline tickets and an uncanny ability topinpoint exact baddy locations from nothing more than a city name, Stevemows through these older, fatter management-type baddies with all thedifficulty of a knife cutting through warm butter. Don't get me wrong.Seagal fans (of which my wife and I are 2) will enjoy this martial artsromp. There is no graphic sex or unnecessary violence (except for thepainfully spouted dialogue, much of which appears to come from Sun Tzu's`Art of War'). As Steve didn't say: "The wise man who expects little won'tbe disappointed."
sephirothswing (27 April 2013)
This film was an intense montage of outstanding action and a magicalcollaboration of everything that movies need. The film's maincharacter, a seemingly harmless archaeologist, proceeds to get revengeon the Chinese mafia who killed his partner and wife.I cannot stress this enough: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS MOVIE.The film's special effects are only comparable to those of the Matrix,and the realistic physics of the fighting are to die for...Laugh... nopun intended.The final battle, that lasts for a grand total of about 5 minutes, isfull of trickery and violence when a bomb sets fire to the fightingroom.SPOILERS AHEAD:The final blow from Segal to the mafia warlord was the most brilliantpiece of filmaking that I have ever had the opportunity to witness.Segal unsheathes a katana from the Chinese mafia's wall, and throws itfrom a 3rd story SHUT window, only to slice through the glass and sail30 feet or so to decapitate the warlord.Do yourself a favor and see this movie. After I saw it, my life wasnever the same.10/10
(25 April 2013)
O.k. lets get started by saying that if you buy this movie you are going to come back (out of your way) to write a horrible review about it. First off steven sucks he never was good he just had good action films. The guy can't act and can't read scripts. Let's just say that there is diffinatly no good acting in this movie (other then the DEA guy who acts like it is a porn they're filming), nor is there good action, humor, diolog, or suspence. It leaves you wondering "why the hell didn't he cut that awful mullet off?" Enjoy!!
argentobuff (24 April 2013)
New Steven Seagal movie at the video store.Out for a Kill.Nicetitle.Good cover.Looks like throw-back to the good old days of Out forJustice and The Glimmer man.WRONG on all counts.This time around Stevie is an ass-kicking archaeologist named Burns whoruns afoul of the Chinese Mob who make life a hell for Burns and hisfamily involving a framing,Prison,and the death off his loved ones.Hepromptly joins up with Chinise cops and a Dea agent for some righteouspay-back.This is a different approach to a Seagal flick...That does not work.Thefight scenes are ludicrous and laughable most of the time.The editingis very choppy.There is one fight with a monkey type guy where Seagalis sitting down for the whole fight.And never taking one shot.The bad guys are a round table-type of crew that snicker and smirk likethey came right out of an Austin Powers movie.Ditto for the supportingcast.The script has the worst Dialogue of recent Seagal flicks.Seagal has let himself go.I can understand he is no spring chickenanymore.But at least get into shape.Whats with the dubbing of hisvoice?He is on auto-pilot here.The only thing I recommend is the visuals for OFAK.It has a nice darkfeel.I would have thought Director Michael Oblowitz and Seagal wouldhave made amends for the debacle that was the Foreigner.Nope.Oblowitzhas went downhill as well since his underrated Vampire flick,The Breed.
(22 April 2013)
The Story is basically talking about how Steven Seagal kill his bad opponents whom are dealing with drug, taking revenge for the death of his wife due to these bad opponents and also help police to solve the case of the unsolved case regarding underground bad ass that due with drug trafficking. A good number of fighting scenes with good amount of Aikido fights. A good recommendation for those whom are interested in this genre of movie/film. Enjoy....
lorax382 (22 April 2013)
This is the only Steven Seagal movie I've seen that actually caused me tofeel physical pain. Only watch this movie if someone sticking bambooshootsunderneath your fingernails is your idea of a good time. The "director"must have spent his last few years in a room by himself watching QuentinTarantino movies on an endless loop, thinking to himself, "Wow, I think Ican do that." Needless to say, he's awfully mistaken, awful being theoperative word. Actually to call this movie awful is almost beside thepoint. After it was finished I didn't even feel as if I had just watchedamovie. Actual movies have certain elements that were glaringly absenthere,such as a plot, actors who are preferable to animatronic puppets, adirectorwho has actually seen a movie before, and dialogue consisting ofsentencesthat people on the planet earth could conceivably be imagined to utter.None of these were in this crapfest.There's so much slow mo in this movie that the regular speed parts seemlike they're in fast forward. So so bad. I watched this movie with mydogwho promptly fell asleep. I have no doubt in my mind that he could havewritten a better script than this. At least he wouldn't have used slowmoso much.So in closing I wouldn't wish this film upon my worst enemies. If forsomereason you have rented this movie and are reading this review before youwatch it, please destroy the tape now. Its well worth the cost that youmaybe forced to pay to rid the earth of this monstrosity.
ryan larson (19 April 2013)
I just finished watching "Out for a Kill" which seemed to take a huge stepin getting it right for Seagal giving back to the fans what they want toseefrom him. The supporting cast was the movie's biggest downfall, but theaction sequences prove that Seagal still has it. The Foreigner was a hugedisappointment after the cartoonish "Half Past Dead" (A Seagal movieshouldnot be rated PG-13) and this is definitely a step up. As a monster Seagalfan it was a positive thing to hear that his straight to DvD releases aredoing as well as they are, perhaps setting him up for a huge comeback withThe Yakuza or US3. The martial arts were spectacular and held this movietogether, and it was great to see Seagal finally break somebody's armagain(it has been since Exit Wounds...)...The only item that particuarlyperplexes me is that anyone owning this DVD, looking at the cover art andalso the disc one can get a glimpse of helocopters-why? There wasn't asingle one in the film....Looking forward to Belly of theBeast.
(18 April 2013)
The biggest waste of 90 minutes. As a big fan of segal flix, this has to be the worst of them all. Bloated,fat and out of shape, segal just doesnt have what it takes anymore to make a good action flic.The plot was horrible, and the action sequences were dull and boring. I mean i would like to have seen somone give segal at least some competition. I would give it zero stars. Horrible, save your 4.00 for a jet lee flic.
(18 April 2013)
Either Steven Seagal has absolutely NO self-respect or the Mob were just too damn scary for him when it came to signing the contract for this total pile of crap. They couldn't even be bothered to come up with an good title. Instead they took Hard to Kill and Out for Justice and combined them (Hard to Justice?). But don't even think for one minute that this film is up to the standards of Seagal's golden years. You'll NEVER see anything worse than this. Well, Son of the Mask maybe.Seagal plays an archaeologist (well, it's a change from Cop or ex-CIA) who's precious Chinese artifacts and pots are siezed by the Tong (the non-threatening Chinese Syndicate baddies) and stuffed with brown sugar (or cocaine, I don't know). Big Steve stumbles upon this dastardly deed and takes off for the Uzbekistan border. A hundred baddies come out of nowhere and start firing at him. Big Steve is promptly framed and sent to jail, where he meets a character introduced as his new sidekick but is quickly forgotten about and never seen or heard from again. What the hell was the point in this? It turns out that Steve used to be in the CIA (oh for the love of crumb cake) and was their best ghost thief (huh?) and the DEA release him for some reason and he goes home to his quiet American suburb, where the Tong blow up his wife and house. Steve goes on a killing spree. But what helps is that every Chinaman who's neck he breaks has a one-word tattoo on his arm that when added up makes an ancient Chinese proverb that provides the right order of tiles to push in case of fire in the Tong bosses office. What? Don't look at me! I didn't write this!The bad guys don't do anything apart from sit at a long table in a poorly-lit and cold-looking room and smoke cigars while looking evil. The boss isn't even Chinese but an Ian Hislop-lookalike with bushy eyebrows. Every 10 minutes the film will jump to them (subtitles list their hobbies and interests for some strange reason!) and the boss goes 'We have to stop him, he knows too much'. The fight scenes are horrible. What is the deal with the kung-fu monkey barber? Seriously! What is the deal with that? The computer-generated effects are the worst ever (second to Son of the Mask, nothing will beat that in terms of terribleness). I've seen more convincing stuff on a ZX Spectrum. Seagal puts NO effort into this film. He looks incredibly bored through-out and looks like he'd rather be praying to Budda. However, you can almost see Frankie Fingers from The Mob loitering off-camera, pointing a gun at his head. I know I wouldn't show enthusiasm if that were the case. Out for a Kill is directed by Mike Oblonglowiscz, the same amatuer responsible for the equally as horrible The Foreigner. The man has NO idea how to make films and should never be allowed near a camera again. He desperately tries to mime Michael Bay (a dubious choice of inspiration) with his pointless stutter-cuts and incoherent editing which only makes the film look worse, turning it into an avalanche on top of another avalanche. It's quite possible one of the ugliest-looking film you'll ever see. Considering some of the high-profile and veteran production members it's phenomenal they made a film so indescribably bad.Eternal, everlasting shame on all those involved with making this trash. Utter crap of the lowest order.The DVD is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, showing off the ugly photography and poorly planned camera angles in all their rubbishy glory. The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack also turns the films unbelievebly bad sound design into pure torture for the ears. The cover also features 2 exploding helicopters. There are no helicopters in the entire film, never mind exploding ones.
lastliberal (18 April 2013)
You know when you want a degree there are course you have to take justbecause someone thinks they are important. This is one of thoserequired to complete your degree in Seagalology. Think of it an asordeal you must get through to pass.There is not noble purpose here. Seagal is just out for revenge onthose who killed his wife (Kata DobÃ³). He is up against a Chinesesyndicate that reminds us every 10 minutes that "This Gwilo professoris becoming a problem" after each of their 10 henchmen die at Seagal'shands.DEA agents Michelle Goh and Corey Johnson are following the trail ofblood, but they don't want to arrest him until he finishes.Lots of blood and martial arts, but nothing else.There one more done.
steven lashway (16 April 2013)
What did I expect? I was sure after The Foreigner there was nowhere to gobut up. I was wrong. Of course, this was directed by the director of theTheForeigner. But still, I thought this had to be better. Let me break itdownfor you. I gave this film 2 stars. One because this film had the mostfightscenes in it since Exit Wounds. Seagal does actual fight in this film.Which, I think, is why most people whatch him films, so that was a plus.Theother star I gave this film was for a neon sign on a building that seagalwalked in front of. It said: JESUS - The Light of the World. Thanks, towhoever got that in there.
rockycat99 (15 April 2013)
I was so disappointed in this movie. We had a hard time following theplot,which was not at all well-thought out. Nothing made any sense! Theotheractors were awful, (or else they are good, but were given lame scripts).Wehave liked almost all of Seagal's movies in the past, but this one wasNOTone of them. Plus, he looked like he was in pain during a couple of thefight scenes. Some of the other reviewers were right---get some slimfastand a better director. I never stop a movie half way thru, but I didforthis one (not to mention having to fast-forward during the numerous stripclub scenes). As my husband said, Seagal is getting weird in his oldage.Too much ying and yang, I think.
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