Lou Burke (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is an undercover cop sent into the prison system to unravel a mystery surrounding the deaths of it's inmates. On file, he was incarcerated for armed robbery, a case said to garner respect from the inmates. After a little budding around, Burke finds out that the inmate's deaths were caused because of their organs, which were sold to the highest bidder on the outside. The Sandman (Patrick Kilpatrick), who was killed by Burke a year prior to his incarceration, is sent inside in order to prevent Burke from achieving his goal.
Death Warrant was maybe Jean-Claude Van Damme's weakest film to come out of the nineties. The film had a quickening pace that featured no character development, especially on The Sandman. We're only given a shot of his death at the beginning with nothing else to show for. The only thing we know is that he's impervious to bullets and fire; some kind of terminator. Even the ending left room for some debate because we're left with a huge gap in the storyline. The people responsible for sending Burke undercover were never apprehended. One was said to be involved in the cover-up of the murders as well.
Death Warrant was a mistake of a film and was a good move to release this before his career took off. Van Damme was pretty much asleep through the entire filming process with the final showdown between his character and The Sandman being a little too long for comfort. I know Van Damme's films are solely for entertainment purposes only, but a little maintenance on the script would have been nice.