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Driven to Kill (2009)

Driven to Kill (2009)

Driven to Kill





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A former Russian mobster named Ruslan (Steven Seagal) sets out to avenge his daughter's death by taking on the entire Eastern underworld. Back in the day, the mere mention of the name Ruslan was enough to make mob bosses tremble with fear. But these days Ruslan has put down his gun and picked up a pen; he's a best-selling author, and he's given up his violent ways. That all changes the day that Ruslan returns home for his daughter's wedding, only to discover that she has been murdered in a violent home invasion. Now, in order to ensure that justice is served, the grieving father will return to the world he thought he had left behind forever.more
Rating: R (for strong violence throughout, language and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark James
On DVD: May 19, 2009
Echo Bridge Entertainment - Official Site

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All Critics (2)

The story is murky and meandering, with poor writing that matches the level of Seagal's pen on his previous films.

Full Review… | January 9, 2010
7M Pictures

The worst mumbling by an actor since Colin Ferrell in "The New World." Steven Seagal is indescribably terrible.

Full Review… | July 19, 2009

Audience Reviews for Driven to Kill

Ruslan (Steven Seagal) is a former Russian mobster now living a quiet, reclusive life as a fiction crime writer. He heads to America to attend his daughter's wedding and attempt to reconcile with his ex-wife. But what should have been a happy occasion is shattered when ruthless Russian mobsters invade the family mansion and savagely murder his ex-wife and brutally beat his daughter. Ruslan vows revenge, but in order to declare vengeance on those who destroyed his family, he is forced to confront the past he thought he left behind...

Driven to Kill is by no means a good film. In fact, it's pretty terrible. The script is cliched, the acting is rather awful, and the movie's low budget is quite obvious with the way everything was cheaply filmed. And Steven Seagal attempting a thick Russian accent is about as pathetic as you would expect. But...I give the man credit for actually trying to engage in some rudimentary Russian dialogue.

The action sequences are passable, though lacking the verve of Seagal's earlier works. Most of the action in this movie consists of the bad guys and Seagal exchanging gunfire, both of them badly missing their target at first though Seagal eventually succeeds. Sometimes Seagal and a bad guy would engage in hand-to-hand combat, with Seagal clearly getting the upper hand and barely landing a scratch on his bloated body. Despite Seagal getting up there in age and his obvious weight gain the past few years, he still moves fairly well. However, the rapid fire editing diminishes the excitement and effectiveness of the action scenes because we never really get to see Seagal show his stuff. Of course, maybe the editing was deliberate because Seagal simply isn't as athletic or agile as he was during his heyday in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Despite the film's flaws, Seagal still manages to deliver some badass bone-crunching action and grisly violence. One of the highlights in this movie is a knife fight between Seagal and a Russian goon. Although it's mainly a repeat of the final fight scene in Under Siege 2, it still manages to deliver some exciting moments. It isn't a particularly suspenseful scene because it turns out to be one-sided with Seagal slicing the goon until he bleeds to death, but it?s still a fun scene to watch. Another action sequence I liked was a brutal fight between Seagal and one of the main bad guys. Again, the fight was a bit too one-sided but I had a few laughs when Seagal was taunting the bad guy in Russian while beating the daylights out of him. It's an eyeful.

Overall, Driven to Kill isn't really worth your time and money unless you're very bored. But I suppose you could do worse.

The only reason I watch Segal is his fighting. His acting sucks and this one is one of his worst. Even the fight scenes are kind of drawn out and cliche. I could have missed this one and not missed anything...

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